University of Florida UFL - Gainesville, FL

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Starting salary range is $16.00-$18.00 per hour; commensurate with education and experience.

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This position operates under minimal direct supervision and requires initiative, focused attention to detail, ability to implement University and departmental policies and federal guidelines, and timely follow-up with assigned projects. Position receives direction as each project necessitates. Maintain clear lines of communications with investigator, facility supervisor, clinical veterinarian and clinical diagnostic lab to make sure that all policies and SOPs are strictly adhered too.

This position requires the ability to perform specialized duties within the areas of colony management, isolator maintenance, packing, shipping and housing of animals for the Germ Free Services section. Requires that you work closely with the clinical veterinarian, facility supervisor/manager, clinical diagnostic lab and research investigators or experimental protocol. 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. Provide Technical services, husbandry and direct colony management for investigators maintaining Germ Free rodent colonies being used for biomedical research within Flexible Film and/or Semi-Rigid isolators. This includes housing animals, cleaning cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals, restraining animals, and observing animals for signs of illness or injury. Excellent organizational and record keeping skills are required and interpersonal and communication skills must be excellent. Responsible for maintaining accurate documentation of colony management, breeding logs, sanitation logs and equipment service logs. Responsible for the accurate performance of clinical, routine health surveillance and research-related laboratory tests requested by clinical veterinarians and UF investigators of colonies maintained in the Germ Free Service section. Perform other routine/non-routine duties as required.

Provides Technical Support to the Germ Free Services Section, including tail biopsy for genetic testing, breeding animals using a variety of different mating schemes, rodent restraint, ear notching, ear tagging, tattooing, collecting blood, urine and fecal samples for diagnostic evaluations, preparing special diets and medications, oral gavage, observes animals for signs of illness or injury, skin scrapings, tissues for necropsy of animals and any other specimens requested by the veterinary or principal investigator staff.

Operation, maintenance and quality control of isolators. This position will be responsible for the collection and processing of bacterial culture specimens with the guidance of the Clinical Pathologist and the assistance of the Clinical Diagnostic Lab. This position is responsible for the preparation of all materials entering and exiting the isolators. This includes housing animals, cleaning cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals, restraining animals.

Receiving, Weaning, shipping, and preparing paperwork and cage card information for transfers.

Ordering and maintaining inventory of all equipment needed in the section

Processing and charging for services requested

Monitors and makes gross observations of animal health recognizing symptoms of specific disease conditions and report findings daily by completing and submitting health check forms. To properly assess an animal’s health, the technician must carefully observe and understand animal behavior which may be species specific.

Supervise subordinate Laboratory Animal and Assistant Laboratory Animal Technicians in the absence of managers and supervisors. Performs other routine/non-routine duties, e.g. provide environmental enrichment as required; provide facility custodial services; performs sanitation testing to ensure disinfection; performs euthanasia; interact directly with investigators to answer animal care related questions and assist investigators with their project specific needs.

Maintain communication with investigators to keep them up to date on animal status and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
A high school diploma and three years of appropriate experience; or certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician or above by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Prefer BS degree or higher with at least 4 years of experience with research animal care at a research institution or other appropriate environment. Strongly prefer AALAS LATG certification at time of hire or within 18 months of hire. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Must be able to follow instructions, and be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Must be able to make gross observations of animal health and accurately report observations. Position requires specialized technical skills, accuracy and careful attention to details when conducting the different laboratory diagnostic tests; Must be a self-starter; Must work in harmony with peers, supervisors, veterinarians, and research staff; Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Need strong computer skills and excellent communication skills. This position requires a strong commitment to customer service while maintaining appropriate compliance requirements. Provide routine operator maintenance on facility equipment. Be familiar with the standardized protocols for the handling of bio-hazardous materials. Be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, continuous repetitive motion of hands handling many small pieces of equipment. Will need to continuously reach, pull, push, bend and carry various caging and isolator accessories. Handle glass jugs of water. Handle autoclaved supplies that will be hot and heavy.

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Special instructions to applicants:
Some species are potentially aggressive and some may carry infections that are hazardous to humans or other animals. Some animals may be experimentally infected requiring vaccination to work with these animals.

Working hours are 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday – Friday, 40 hours weekly. May be assigned weekend duties on a rotating basis. Overtime as required.

This position is time-limited.

No snakes or rodents as pets.

To claim veteran preference you must attach a copy of your DD214.

Maintain a valid state driver’s license.

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