Animal Technologist, Senior

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Purpose of Classification:

Within University Animal Care (UAC), provides care and performs advanced technical procedures for a wide variety of laboratory species. Provides oversight and/or supervision to junior staff members.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the fifth in a series of seven classifications. This position is distinguished from the Animal Technologist in that incumbents perform advanced animal technical procedures, lead the work of Animal Technologists and other husbandry staff, may supervise direct reports, and may manage a facility or departmental service unit that has less complex operations. The incumbent manages a training schedule to ensure animal care staff are properly trained in all species, provides training to researcher teams, performs advanced technical procedures, performs the monthly census scans and room inspections, and develops new husbandry SOPs. Incumbents may be assigned a home facility, or may work in multiple facilities. The work schedule includes weekends and participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation.

Example of Duties:

  • Oversee or directly supervise the work of Animal Technologists and other husbandry staff, to include workload distribution, coaching, and guidance
  • Coordinate or lead training of Animal Technologists and other husbandry staff
  • Complete probationary performance appraisals for newly hired and promoted husbandry staff
  • Serve as back-up for Animal Care Managers who are on leave
  • Troubleshoot facility issues
  • Coordinate and perform rodent breeding colony management for complex strains
  • Coordinate and perform rodent rederivation procedures
  • Provide training in basic rodent genetics
  • Perform advanced technical procedures such as intubation, catheterization, necropsy, rodent anesthesia, rodent surgery, etc.
  • Perform incinerations and train staff in the proper use of incinerator
  • May provide daily care for a wide variety of laboratory animal species
  • Develop SOPs for new equipment and procedures
  • Prepare, review, and maintain rodent breeding colony and hazard use guidelines
  • Perform and upload bar code scans for monthly animal cage inventory
  • Perform monthly room inspections
  • Assist with semi-annual satellite facility inspections
  • Maintain databases according to departmental requirements, e.g. training database
  • Assist with teaching AALAS ALAT, LAT and LATG certification classes
  • Assist animal care managers with special projects
  • Assist with veterinary care, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in the usage and maintenance of animal equipment and supplies
  • Highly knowledgeable in research animal husbandry ensuring ability 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 communityturning
  • 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 two years animal husbandry experience; OR
  • Associate's Degree in Animal Science related field AND four 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
    - American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)
    - Previous team lead or supervisory experience
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