Animal Husbandry Manager - Cage Wash Operation
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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The Animal Husbandry Cage Wash Manager is a member of the Animal Resource Center (ARC) Husbandry team. The Animal Husbandry Manager of Cage Wash is responsible for supervising and overseeing the central cage processing operation in the Animal Resource Center. This position is responsible for ensuring animal cages and related supplies meet quality standards and are readily available to the ARC husbandry staff, investigators and research staff. This position is subject to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) guidelines, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.


1. Oversee the cage sanitation activities of the department, assuring that all activities adhere to standard operating procedures and quality standards.

2. Train and supervise cage wash technicians in cage wash procedures and cage preparation standards, including the use and care of cage wash and autoclave equipment.

3. Collaborate with the Director and leadership to determine priorities and coordinate the implementation of new programs within the cage wash division.

4. Evaluate the effectiveness of cage sanitation techniques, exercise judgment to determine and employ adaptations to existing methods in order to be more cost effective and efficient.

5. Maintain and monitor the cage sanitation Quality Control database. Prepare and provide reports to the Director.

6. Serve as the liaison with research personnel and advise on cage sanitation issues.

7. Evaluate the workflow between husbandry personnel and cage preparation personnel, and make recommendations regarding operations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the workflow between the divisions. .

8. Interview and hire cage wash technicians; conduct orientation and annual performance reviews; recommend salary increases and promotions; and monitor attendance.

9. Supervise animal husbandry technicians assigned to assist with cage sanitation and coordinate schedules with the animal husbandry supervisor.

10. Assume the responsibilities of the Animal Husbandry Manager in their absence or as required.

11. Evaluate and provide input to the Director on new caging equipment.

12. Monitor caging and equipment inventory and usage to identify needed equipment to meet ongoing demand. Solicit bids from vendors for replacement cages, place orders and provide single source documentation where applicable.

13. Supervise and oversee the disposal of diseased animals and ensure activities adhere to all applicable regulatory and internal guidelines.

14. Maintain cage washers and autoclaves and ensure that preventative maintenance and daily quality control checks are performed.

15. Contact manufacturer and vendor for cage wash equipment service as needed.


1. Perform back- up to the Administrative Manager in the area of human resources procedures including time approval and overtime.

2. Perform other related duties as assigned.


Department: Continuous contact with the director, training and compliance staff, clinical veterinarians, veterinary technicians, husbandry and facility managers and animal care staff.

University: Frequent contact with investigators and research staff.

External: Contact with vendors/contractors.

Students: May have contact with graduate and research students.


Supervise 8 cage preparation technicians.


Experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience in a supervisory or lead role.

Education/Licensing: Prefer B.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Science or related Biological field. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science(AALAS) certification at the Laboratory Animal Technology level preferred, Certified Manager of Animal Resources level preferred.


1. Must demonstrate excellent management skills; ability to effectively lead, train, work with, and elicit cooperation from team members and staff. .

2. Familiarity with animal research, cage wash quality control and other related regulations and guidelines are preferred.

3. Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills; must be demonstrate the ability to work and communicate with various individuals form a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and individuals outside the university.

4. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

5. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.

6. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.

7. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work well under pressure.

8. Excellent problem-solving skills; must demonstrate sound judgment and good decision-making.

9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office(Word, excel, PowerPoint, Access), database applications for database management, and with internet navigation.

10. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.


The necessity for completing the job before leaving work due to the fact that animal care cannot be held over to the next day is essential. Animal care is a 7-day per week, 365-days per year job. All tasks must be performed to fulfill guidelines and regulations according to USDA and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NRC2011), which is the main resource used by AAALAC's Council on Accreditation. This position will be using, or may be potentially exposed to general chemicals, human blood and/or tissue, formaldehyde, radioactive materials, laboratory animals. The nature of this position requires the possible use of a respirator. There will be exposure to animal bites, scratches, kicks, and zoonotic diseases. Hazards to health and safety are minimized by prior training and instruction in proper handling animals, and operation of equipment. Odors, noises and temperatures associated with animals. Working with soiled animals and cages. Cuts from broken water bottles and sharp edges of cages. Burns from steam and hot water used in cleaning procedures. Dermatitis resulting from exposure to strong cleaning compounds and insecticides and organic chemicals. Exposure to radiation from isotope-injected animals (generally trace amounts). Strain or accident associated with frequent moving of heavy (up to 60 lbs) equipment, feed sacks, and bagged or baled bedding. This position may require to drive or travel to satellite facilities at MetroHealth Medical Center and the VA Medical Center. The nature of this position requires baseline hearing and the use of a respirator. This position may require to work some weekends and holiday shifts.


Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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