LABORATORY ANIMAL TECH, AST
University of Florida - Florida

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This job requires routine and nonroutine procedures as requested by various authorities including the immediate supervisor, veterinarians, research investigators, or experimental protocol. The work is performed under direct supervision. This position is responsible for carrying out the Animal Care Services’ ( ACS ) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules and regulations.

Provides basic animal husbandry to a variety of species being used for biomedical research. This includes changing cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals, restraining animals, observing animals for signs of sickness or injury, and ensuring housing and environmental compliance with the “ NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”. Houses and exchanges animals in a systematic manner which maintains identity and prevents mislabeling of research animals. Emphasis is placed on maintaining genetic background or genetic lineage, adequate separation, disease control, and animal identity. Aseptic procedures are used as required.

Sterilizes/disinfects/sanitizes caging, equipment, and animal holding facilities. May also be assigned to cage wash operations and will perform routine duties associated with cage sanitation and preparation for reuse in a research setting including cage maintenance, monitoring equipment for proper functioning and maintaining sanitary conditions. Operates autoclave and washers and ensures that cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order by cleaning, and preventive maintenance. Transports caging supplies between animal rooms and cage wash rooms. Will maintains sanitary conditions of cage washing rooms and other support areas, such as hallways and storage rooms. May be asked to provide guidance, instruction and direction to cage wash trainees following directives provided by facility supervisor/manager.

Make gross observations of animal health and report findings daily by completing and submitting health check forms. Maintain animal records such as USDA records, clinical records, cage cards, ensuring accuracy of census records, weekly census scans, etc. Non-human primates, dogs, and cats used in biomedical research require proper environmental enrichment. Euthanizes rodents under supervision using carbon dioxide.

Performs other routine/nonroutine duties, e.g. unloading vehicles with food/supplies; assist maintenance personnel with cage/facilities repair; provide environmental enrichment as required; provide facility custodial services, performs sanitation testing to ensure disinfection; administers medications and treatments by topical application and oral dosing. Will assist in receiving and storing materials, food and supplies into the facility.

Minimum Requirements:
Completion of the ninth grade and one year of appropriate experience; or a high school diploma.

Valid state driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Prefer HS degree or higher; AALAS ALAT certification at time of hire or within 18 months of start date. Experience with animal care at a research institution or other appropriate environment is preferred. Must be able to follow instructions, and be able to communicate both orally and in writing. Must be able to make gross observations of animal health and accurately report observations. Must be a self starter. Must work in harmony with peers, supervisors, veterinarians, and research staff. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. The technician must be familiar with the standardized protocols for the handling of biohazardous materials.

Health Assessment Required:
Yes

Special instructions to applicants:
Working hours are 7 AM to 4 PM Monday – Friday. Will be assigned weekend technician duties on a rotating basis. Overtime as required.

Some species are potentially aggressive and some may carry infections that are hazardous to humans or other animals. Some animals may be experimentally infected. You may be required to be vaccinated to work with these animals.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Maintains a valid state driver’s license.

This is a time-limited position.

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