Vivarium Manager

Ypsilanti, MI
Jan 24, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Summary:

To coordinate and perform moderately-complex work in the handling, care, and treatment of animals used in laboratory experiments; to maintain inventories of animal care supplies and materials; and to oversee the use and maintenance of animal care facilities and equipment.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Administer food, water, special diets and medicines to animals in accordance with established protocols and special instructions; and maintain appropriate records as required. Order and maintain inventory of materials and supplies required for animal care; prepare periodic reports of material and supply usage; and transport materials and supplies to facility as required.

Ensure that animals are inspected daily each day of year for evidence of health problems or other abnormalities; report illness or other problems to appropriate research investigators and the consulting veterinarian, when appropriate.

Ensure proper housing and segregation of animals, based on established protocols and guidelines.

Assist in pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical care of animals; and euthanize and dispose of animals in accordance with established protocols.

Clean and maintain facilities and equipment in accordance with Federal guidelines; monitor environmental conditions, and report problems to Physical Plant or the Laboratory Compliance Manager, as appropriate, for correction. Maintain records of facility care

Report deficiencies in appropriate animal care to research investigators, and ensure that corrective action is taken; report uncorrected deficiencies in care to appropriate department head and the Research Compliance Officer.

Train and schedule assigned student support staff. Ensure that the animals are cared for daily, scheduling leave time with appropriate coverage.

Meet periodically with consulting veterinarian and IACUC members to review facility condition and animal care procedures, and remain abreast of Federal and State guidelines.

Qualifications: Knowledge of animal behavior, physiology, research, handling, treatment and care practices as outlined in the PHS Guidelines is necessary. This knowledge is typically acquired through the completion of an Associate's degree or other accredited training program in Animal Care Technology or related field or through equivalent substantial supervised vivarium experience.Reasonable knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities is necessary.

Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is required within one year after hire. .

The ability to work irregular hours and work schedules, as required to meet the care needs of laboratory animals, is necessary.