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Laboratory Animal Technician

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Summary: Under immediate supervision, provides primary care of routine husbandry and sanitation for medical education and research animals; assists with or performs technical procedures to maintain lab animal health, departmental facility accreditation, and research integrity.

CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
May include any and/or all of the following:

  1. Provides diligent and responsible animal care; feeds and waters animals; changes and cleans cages; sanitizes equipment and facilities.
  2. Records and/or reports animal abnormalities including altered eating, drinking, waste elimination, altered behavior, superficial lesions, and/or death.
  3. Assists with technical procedures including record keeping, animal identification, tattooing, breeding, sexing, collecting specimens, preparing diets, and euthanasia.
  4. Records and/or reports environmental abnormalities.
  5. Provides routine physical maintenance of assigned areas; performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Interest and concern for animals
  • Time management skills
  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to exhibit team orientation
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to operate automated watering systems, cagewasher and autoclaves
  • Ability to handle unpleasant elements and wear protective clothing or equipment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and experience equivalent to:

High school diploma or equivalent; supplemented with one (1) year of related experience. American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS) ALAT certification or Animal Health Technician (AHT) certification preferred.

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