Husbandry - Animal Science Worker View
The University of Kansas Medical Center - Kansas City, KS

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The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) animal resources are comprised of ~100,000 gross assigned sq. ft. in 4 buildings located on the KUMC campus in Kansas City, KS. The entire centralized animal care program at KUMC was fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) in 1992 and has maintained its accreditation since that time. Laboratory Animal Resources has grown to employ 40 persons and provide services for over 100 investigators and 500 research staff.

Under Team Leader supervision, performs routine husbandry, janitorial, and some biotechnical procedures related to the care and use of laboratory animals. The incumbent will perform other duties as assigned by Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) management, including veterinarian.

Required Qualifications
High School Diploma or GED.

Must be able and willing to work weekends and holidays.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including a respirator.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
Ability to learn and apply new standard operating procedures and policies.
Basic computer skills.
Should receive Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification within 2 years of employment.
Should provide three professional references including one from direct supervisor.

Preferred Qualifications
Animal experience.
Customer oriented attitude.
Ability to multitask.
Values teamwork.
Values continuing education.
Looking for career growth.
Looking for long term employment.

Instructions for applying
Please complete an electronic application and click the "Apply for this Posting" button at the top of the page.

THE FOLLOWING FIELDS ARE USED FOR THE POSITION DESCRIPTION
Duty (1) Description
50% - Husbandry and Cage Washroom Duties
Completes animal care assignments according to standard operating procedures.
Feeds and waters animals.
Receives and identifies animals using appropriate methods.
Handles and restrains animals.
Weans animals.
Monitors environmental parameters.
Records information on the cage cards and checksheets.
Completes forms and sends email notifications to investigators.
Submits cage orders.

Duty (1) Essential or Marginal
Essential

Duty (2) Description
30% - Janitorial Duties
Operates mechanical cleaning equipment.
Maintains supply inventory and requests replacements as necessary.
Disinfects animal rooms and support areas.
Organizes and cleans storage areas.

Duty (2) Essential or Marginal
Essential

Duty (3) Description
15% - Biotechnical Procedures
Conducts animal health observations.
Euthanizes animals and disposes of carcasses as required.

Duty (3) Essential or Marginal
Essential

Duty (4) Description
5% - Other
Follows supervisor directions for complying with established federal, state and local regulations relating to laboratory animals and facilities.
Follows established health and safety procedures.
Follows facility security and traffic flow procedures.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Duty (4) Essential or Marginal
Marginal

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Duty (5) Essential or Marginal

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Duty (6) Essential or Marginal

Duty (7) Description

Duty (7) Essential or Marginal

Duty (8) Description

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Duty (9) Description

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Duty (10) Description

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Mental/Cognitive Requirements:
Communication
Comprehend and use basic language, either written or spoken, to communicate information and ideas
Yes

Comprehend and use technical or professional language, either written or spoken, to communicate complex ideas
Yes

Calculation
Perform numerical operations using basic counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing
Yes

Perform Complex quantitative calculations or reasoning using algebra, geometry, statistics, or abstract symbols
No

Problem Solving
Formulate and apply appropriate course of action for routine or familiar situations
Yes

Use logic to define problem, collect information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret information and deal with abstract variables for unique or unfamiliar situations
Yes

Other Mental/Cognitive Requirements (please describe)

Physical Activities
Repetitive Motion - Repeating movements of arms, hands, wrists
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Talk - Express or exchange ideas verbally
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Hear - Perceive sound by ear
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

See - Obtain impressions through the eye
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Level of physical activity
Very Heavy

Physical Requirements
Kneel- Bend legs at knee, come to rest on knees
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Crouch/Squat - Bend body down and forward, bending legs and spine
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Crawl - Move on hands, knees and feet
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Climb - Ascend/descend ladders, stairs, ramps
Occasionally (.5 to 2.5 hours/day)

Sit
Occasionally (.5 to 2.5 hours/day)

Stand
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Walk - Move about on foot
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Average distance per shift

Stoop - Bend downward and forward at waist
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Lift - Raise or lower 10 lbs. from one level to another
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Lift - Raise or lower 25 lbs. from one level to another
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Carry - Transport an object
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Push - Press with steady force, thrust objects forward, downward, outward
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Pull - Drag or tug objects
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Turn/twist - Move a body part in circular motion
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Bend - Bend downward and forward by bending the spine at waist
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Balance - Exceeding ordinary body equilibrium
Occasionally (.5 to 2.5 hours/day)

Reach - Extend hands and arms in any direction
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Handle - Seize, hold, turn with hands
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Ability to distinguish color
Occasionally (.5 to 2.5 hours/day)

Other Physical Activity (please describe)

Average amount of time for other physical activity