Animal Technologist

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Purpose of Classification:

Within University Animal Care (UAC), provides daily care for a wide variety of laboratory species. Performs technical procedures and maintains equipment. May train other employees and researchers.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the fourth in a series of seven classifications. This position is distinguished from the Animal Technician Senior in that incumbents are responsible for additional animal care duties, and for training new or existing employees and researchers in routine animal care related procedures. Animal care duties include basic rodent breeding colony management, aquatic species system maintenance, and performance of basic technical procedures. Training duties include facility orientations, animal handling, basic animal technical procedures, SOP maintenance, auditing husbandry staff to ensure consistency among all facilities, and performing additional quality assurance tasks. Incumbents generally are assigned to a home facility, but may be assigned to work in other facilities as needed. The work schedule includes weekends and participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule.

Example of Duties:

  • Provide daily care for a wide variety of laboratory animal species
  • Perform basic rodent breeding colony management, and maintains breeding records as required
  • Perform basic rodent technical procedures, such as tail biopsy, ear tag identification, oral gavage, subcutaneous or intraperitoneal injections
  • Prepare guidelines or instructions for working with animals in breeding colonies and ABSL2/3 areas
  • Review health reports and process incoming animal orders
  • Perform and facilitate inter-facility animal transfers, to include completion of all required documents
  • Performs clinical rounds in the post and pre-operative rooms and in the intensive care room to observe the clinical health and well being of laboratory animals and reports abnormalities to the veterinarian.
  • Provides post, pre-operative and intensive care ensuring recovery from anesthesia is satisfactory and incisions and sutures are intact; assists during surgery and necropsy procedures.
  • Print out cage cards and animal receiving sheets
  • Assist with inventory of animal cages (bar code scans) and supplies
  • Oversee gas sterilization of equipment and supplies
  • Perform quality assurance tasks and report findings to designated personnel
  • Serve as backup for husbandry staff on leave
  • Review and update husbandry SOPs
  • Train employees in animals rooms per departmental SOPs
  • Provide hands on training for research staff, to include rodent handling procedures, hazard containment and biosecurity, basic rodent technical methods, and basic rodent breeding colony management
  • Document training provided to researchers and animal care staff
  • Audit staff to ensure SOPs are being followed consistently among all UAC facilities
  • Assist with teaching AALAS ALAT and LAT certification classes
  • Assist animal care managers with special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to work with and care for a variety of animals, including rodents, non-human primates, other mammals, birds, and poikilotherms
  • 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 AND one year animal husbandry experience; OR
  • Associate's Degree in Animal Science related field AND three years animal husbandry experience; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from 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
  • PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT)
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