Breeder Core II

Aurora, CO
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Animal Laboratory Research (OLAR)

Breeder Core II (Vet Tech II)

Position #1309 - Requisition 11434

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The Office of Animal Laboratory Research (OLAR) has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Breeding Core II position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Nature of Work:

This full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Breeder Core II position will provide breeding colony management and animal care/husbandry for research laboratory animals by; feeding, watering, changing/cleaning/sanitizing soiled cages and pens, clean, sanitize and autoclave animal cages and equipment/supplies and prepare such for reuse. This position is responsible for evaluating animals for basic health status; creating and maintaining records concerning breeding environment, daily work activities and animal census. This position will also act as a lead technician that assists in training employees, auditing work areas, and assisting supervisors with daily adjustments in work assignments.


The Breeder Core II position oversees all aspects of managing breeding colonies. This position works with new PI's to bring breeding colonies under management of OLAR. Provides routine breeding colony maintenance which includes trouble-shooting problematic breeding colonies and providing input and recommendations to research staff regarding breeding. Other duties include: changing and/or cleaning soiled animal cages and/or pens, feeding devices and watering devices. Evaluates the basic health status of animals and reports abnormalities to the appropriate personnel. Weighs, administers medications, sets up breeding cages, records breeding status data, weans, euthanizes, restrains, collects samples, performs identification (i.e. tattoo, ear tag, ear punch, etc.) and transports laboratory animals as directed by supervisor, veterinarian or lab. Contact appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals, overcrowded cages, euthanasia requests and specific project requirements via e-mail or phone. Collect soiled animal bedding and other wastes and transports to designated waste disposal sites (i.e. cage wash room or dumpster). Procure animal feed and supplies from appropriate support areas and transports to required use site. Records daily animal care activities on room check-sheets, maintains breeding database, contacts appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals via e-mail, flag or phone, sends out weekly breeding summaries and monthly colony census to labs. Scans cage cards to record animal census in the animal rooms. Selects, prepares, dispenses and utilizes hazardous chemicals and disinfectants according to manufacturer's instructions in cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms, racks, cages and pens and animal support areas. Operates mechanical equipment used to clean and sanitize surfaces. Cleans/sanitizes/disinfects animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, support rooms.

Monitors the progress of the assigned work area by ensuring that all SOP's/policies are being followed, assigns and adjusts coverage for their assigned area to accommodate employee absences. Performs room audits of breeding core established areas to ensure SOP/policy compliance, this includes auditing supplies and storage areas. Ensure that all appropriate documentation is completed for all rooms assigned to their area. Performs and monitors the completion of various technical assignments offered by the department including; weaning, ear tagging, transferring of animals, tail snips, injections and overall health monitoring of the rooms in their assigned care by working closely with a Supervisor, Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician. Is able to mentor/train others regarding all aspects of animal husbandry and breeding maintenance, provides input into areas that should be covered by performance plans and provides feedback to supervisors for preparation of evaluations. On occasion may be required to drive a University vehicle to transport animals in cases of emergency.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or the hiring range) for this position has been established at $31,000 to $47,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two years of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility. One of the two years of the experience must be for research and/or instructional purposes. Knowledge of rodent breeding schemes and experience with rodent breeding colony maintenance is preferred.

Substitution: College coursework in veterinary technology, animal science, biology, or a related field of study related to the work assignment may substitute year-for-year for the general experience.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to sit, stoop, kneel and balance on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 100 lbs. on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to stand, walk, climb stairs, crouch and squat on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to type/enter data on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to bend and reach above shoulders on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to work around chemicals and solvents.
  • Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations.
  • Must be willing able to walk on uneven surfaces and work in small, confined spaces.
  • Must be willing and able to operate moving equipment/vehicles and work around machinery.
  • Must be willing and able to work in hazardous conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.
  • Must be willing and able to euthanize large and small animals.
  • Must be AALAS certified or must become AALAS certified within one year of the hire date.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Driver's License by the time of hire.
  • Must be willing and able to work straight or rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.

NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, "Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week" and may be required to carry a department issued phone. Position may also be required to "stay over late" or "come in early" to "cover" shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience as a work leader assigning tasks, monitoring the progress and work flow, and scheduling work for other employees.
  • Experience in rodent breeding colony management.
  • Experience entering data into a database (e.g. Excel and Access).
  • Experience keeping activity logs and managing inventory.
  • Experience handling rodents (rats and mice).
  • Experience in an animal research facility.
  • Experience operating complex machinery.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Oral communication skills with the ability to exchange and collect information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Ability to enter data in a database.
  • Ability to handle rodents.
  • Perform repetitious tasks of a dexterous nature (i.e. ear tagging and tattooing, etc. on large numbers of animals).
  • Knowledge of an animal research facility.
  • Ability to maintain an activity log.
  • Ability to work with complex machinery.
  • Planning and organizational skills.
  • Mechanical ability.
  • Physical ability.
  • Ability to teach and lead others by example.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Application deadline is October 20th, 2017

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20388 - CSA-VCR OLAR CLAC Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 11, 2017

Closing Date: Oct 20, 2017, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Maria Montero

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00001309


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