Breeding Colony Coordinator
Harvard University - Southborough, MA

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School/Unit Harvard Medical School Sub-Unit New Eng Reg Primate Res Ctr Location USA - MA - Southborough Job Function Research Time Status Full-time Department Veterinary Services - New England Primate Research Center Salary Grade 055 Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Veterinarian overseeing the NEPRC SPF Rhesus Breeding Colony, the Breeding Colony Coordinator assists with all aspects of colony oversight.

  • Participates in strategic long-term management planning for the NEPRC rhesus breeding colony
  • Tracks and ensures accuracy of breeding colony census and statistics
  • Monitors and documents breeding productivity and other colony health benchmarks
  • Composes breeding groups as directed by the Colony Management Veterinarian
  • Monitors serologic and other preventative and diagnostic results
  • Monitors colony inventory, updates histories and assessments for future research assignments
  • Assists with NIH colony reporting needs and NPRC Consortium data collection and presentations
  • Schedules and oversees Preventative Health Care for the breeding colony
  • During Preventative Health collects all pertinent data along with the veterinarian on health, pregnancy status, clinical follow-up required; documents this information and assists with any planning and scheduling needs related to findings
  • Participates in weaning offspring and monitoring in the immediate post-weaning phase
  • Coordinates with research vets and techs for pre-project planning, screening, and relocations
  • Attends NPRC Breeding Colony Management Consortium meetings (monthly teleconference; annual in-person)
  • Assists New World Colony Management Veterinarian as needed
  • Responsibilities may expand to other general colony management areas
Activities Requiring Direct Involvement with Animals:
  • Conducting regular rounds in the colony to monitor census, births, housing needs
  • Participation with Behavioral management to monitor social interactions of groups, assessment and implementation of enrichment or training programs
  • Participating in preventative health care to assist with clinical data collection
  • Participation in pre-assignment processes such as screening, pre-project physicals, relocation
Activities Involving Primarily Data Management:
  • Updating census information such as births, deaths, changes to breeding groups, moves, etc.
  • Updating birth information and assigning ID numbers
  • Monitoring production and clinical histories ( would require some pertinent animal/medical background)
  • Compiling medical history data for assignment to research projects
  • Compiling and monitoring colony health data ( would require some pertinent animal/medical background)
Basic Qualifications Bachelors degree required with a minimum of four years experience in the field of nonhuman primate behavior/management. Additional Qualifications Masters degree preferred. Ability to work independently and as part of a team is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to compile and interpret large amounts of data while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail. Additional Information Please Note: This position requires the completion of a satisfactory health screening clearance prior to the start of employment. NEPRC is located outside of the Boston area and is not accessible by public transportation. Pre-Employment Screening Criminal

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