Animal Care Technician I
Charles River Laboratories - Chicago, IL

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Responsibilities:
  • Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area.

  • Monitors daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations, animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.

  • Maintains accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas as required by Institute and facility.

  • Assists with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as assigned by the on-site Supervisor or facility veterinarian.

  • Strictly follows all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or semi-rigid isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry; personnel protective equipment use, spraying in all equipment and materials into controlled areas.

  • Receives, inspects and puts away incoming animals; ensures and provides for sentinel animals in each rodent housing area.

  • May be involved in strictly maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.

  • Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures.

  • Maintains required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

· Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.

· Experience: One year of animal husbandry experience.

· Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the Assistant Technician (ALAT) level preferred OR achievement of ALAT certification within one year of assignment required.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Charles River Laboratories is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity in the workplace.

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Chickens and rats have an important part to play in Charles River Laboratories International's specialty portfolio of medical products....