Animal Technician, Senior

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Purpose of Classification:

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

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as training new employees in Cage Wash operations, updating Cage Wash SOPs, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, may include weekends, and may include compensated overtime.

Example of Duties:

  • Provide daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities
  • May breed or wean rodents, work with non-human primates, or work with animals exposed to hazardous materials
  • Operate animal care related equipment, such as change stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks, etc.
  • Administer treatments to animals as directed
  • Complete all necessary documentation
  • Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
  • Train new and existing employees in Cage Wash
  • Report and assist in troubleshooting operational problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gas sterilization
  • Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storage areas
  • Assist with the quality assurance program
  • Assist with updating and reviewing SOPs
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to work with and care for a variety of animals, including rodents, non-human primates, and other mammals
  • 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:

  • Bachelor's degree in Animal Science or related field; OR
  • Associate's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR
  • Two years animal husbandry experience OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved
  • Possession of a current Arizona Class "D" driver's license may be required upon employment.
  • Upon employment:
    - Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks
    - Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
    - Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result
    - Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards
    - Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair
    American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)
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