Animal Technician

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Purpose of Classification:

Within University Animal Care (UAC), has a variety of responsibilities related to the maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities and animal care.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Cage Wash Technician in that incumbents are responsible for processing clean and dirty caging and are capable of operating a wide variety of Cage Wash related equipment. Incumbents rotate to UAC Cage Wash areas in multiple facilities. Duties include cleaning, maintaining and operating equipment, processing and preparing animal caging, and performing quality assurance tasks as directed. Incumbents may also receive training or be assigned duties related to daily animal care. The work schedule includes participating in the holiday Cage Wash rotation and may include compensated overtime.

Example of Duties:

  • Review caging order board and process the orders
  • Prepare caging and load for sanitization and sterilization
  • Operate dump stations, tunnel washers, rack washers, autoclaves, and bedding dispensers
  • Report problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Clean and maintain euthanasia, waste holding, and procedure rooms
  • Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
  • Perform quality assurance tasks as directed
  • Assist in the processing of facility laundry
  • Clean cage wash areas and storage rooms
  • Assist with disposal of facility trash
  • May receive training or provide daily care to a variety of laboratory animals on a rotating basis, which includes receipt of incoming animals, cage changing, room cleaning and assessment, administering treatments to animals, and documenting these activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate via email
  • Able to communicate in a professional, positive and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning
  • Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Six months animal care related experience
  • Upon employment:
    - Complete required UA background check
    - Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
    - Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary
    - Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment, which requires having minimal facial hair
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