JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the daily maintenance of laboratory animals utilizing special techniques or husbandry practices beyond those required for routine colony management.
CLEANING: Participates in the cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
Rotates animal cages and racks for cleaning following established schedule.
Sweeps and mops animal quarters thoroughly.
Disinfects walls and sanitizes animal quarters using appropriate compounds and techniques.
Houses animals in caging systems that control disease transmission at the cage level and perform aseptic caging changing techniques.
Performs additional cleaning of area as required, or upon request.
Follow SOPs for all species regarding cage changing and room cleaning.
Notifies immediate supervisor of any variance from assigned room cleaning schedule.
Maintains assigned work area in a neat an orderly manner
Provides technical care and management for all species.
ANIMAL CARE: Provides routine care of research animals
Provides adequate food and water as required.
Checks animals daily to identify sick animals, notifies veterinary technician of any unusual conditions.
Receives newly arrived animals, confirms order and houses in assigned housing area.
Euthanizes all species according to Animal Welfare Act and the Guide.
Provides daily husbandry care to all species assigned within a given area and established schedule.
Recognizes common signs of clinical illness and or irregularities in lab animals, including variations of dietary habits, abnormal stool or urine, unusual behavior, or any other observations relating to the animals health or well being.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Monitors and controls environmental room and housing conditions (including Environmental Enrichment)
Daily checks temperature, ventilation and lighting in animal rooms and related areas.
Notifies supervisor of problems with related equipment (heating/air-conditioning systems, lights, automatic watering etc.).
Notifies Supervisor of minor repairs made to equipment i.e. automatic watering, light timers, racks, etc. within assigned work area.
RECORDKEEPING: Maintains a variety of records (log of room activities, animal census sheets).
Records information accurately and promptly.
Completes recordkeeping in accordance with outlined procedures.
Maintains records in an organized and up-to-date manner.
Recognize and report areas of noncompliance; overcrowding, unauthorized movement of animals, and protocols.
Notifies supervisor with questions or concerns regarding various daily records or logs
INVENTORY CONTROL: Monitors supplies for specific animal quarters.
Maintains adequate supplies by monitoring levels on an ongoing basis.
Checks availability of supplies and restocks all areas as required.
Advises supervisor of shortages in timely manner.
Remains aware of fluctuations in usages and informs supervisor of the changes.
EQUIPMENT/DECONTAMINATION: Assists with relocation and decontamination of laboratory equipment and animal holding rooms.
Transports laboratory equipment and/or furniture to new locations, as instructed.
Completes assignments on timely basis.
Reports delays or problems to Supervisor.
Independently performs all steps of the decontamination procedures as directed in the SOP.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: Assists in ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements related to care of laboratory animals.
Maintains awareness of regulatory requirements applicable to responsibilities.
Follows departmental procedures in order to implement Enrichment Program for canine and primate animals.
Monitors and controls breeding and reproductive programs in accordance with established procedures.
Records information pertinent to the species into required animal records.
Ensures necessary documentation is maintained up-to-date and thorough.
TRAINING: Assists in training of new staff.
Functions as a resource to junior staff concerning procedural questions and minor problems.
Brings discrepancies or problems to attention of supervisor.
Demonstrates good judgment by following instructions carefully.
Seeks information necessary for accurate completion of job duties; uses reference materials to ensure accuracy.
Refers to laboratory records and requests assistance from Techs and/or Supervisor when necessary.
PLANNING AND TIME UTILIZATION
Demonstrates ability to recognize, establish and attend to priorities.
Strives to make good use of time during assigned shift through careful coordination of daily tasks.
Demonstrates adaptability by adjusting well to changes in scheduling.
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