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Lab Animal Resources

Perform and participate in a variety of technical duties involved in conducting standardized tests,experiments and determinations in support of clinical and research oriented activities related to the care of various animals at Duke University.

1. Perform a variety of technical duties related to diagnostic testing of animals in a laboratory environment including clinical pathology, hematology, parasitology,microbiology, molecular diagnostics, necropsies and histopathology. Testing includes but is not limited to conducting physical examinations of animals, samples collection, performing chemical and biological tests,conducting experiments and determinations to obtain data in support of research; compile and document procedures and results and communicate results to Investigatory and Veterinary staff in a professional manner.

2. Facilitate quarterly M&M with Vets/CMS staff: Organize, schedule, summarize and provide follow up on all Veterinary staff/CMS Morbidity and Mortality meetings. Work alongside supervisor to schedule quarterly meetings with CMS staff.

3. Evaluate potential problems relating to the health and social welfare of animals; notify supervisor of perceived problems.

4. Assist in the organization and scheduling of events to facilitate the performance of procedures related to research projects; coordinate and participate in the performance of routine and standardized tests to include weighing animals, obtaining specimens,and observing behavioral patterns.

5. Serve as liaison to the veterinarian in providing health care to the animals; perform initial observation of rodent health requests and administer initial treatments; assist in initial assessment and treatment of emergency health requests as instructed or required.

6. Perform a variety of complex technical clinical duties, as directed by supervisor, that include but are not limited to venipuncture of varying sites on multiple species, placing catheters, drug administration, surgical assistance, anesthesia monitoring,post-operative care, health assessment,and injections.

7. Formulate and administer special diets to ensure adequate vitamins and trace mineral elements;determine animal food needs and place regular food orders with vendors,ensuring optimum cost and variety in diet; feed and water animals according to schedule.

8. Provide rodent trainings for Principal Investigators, DLAR staff (both clinical and husbandry team), along with maintaining the rodent colony for training purposes.

9. Rodent technical/surgical core services # primary on providing these type services for the DUMC research community.

10. Anesthetize animals as required and serve as circulating surgical assistant during procedures requiring anesthetized animals; assist in animal surgery as requested.

11. Administer routine, post-operative and daily treatments to animals as instructed,prescribedand/or required; assist in diagnostic treatments such as performing routine hematologic and parasitologic test and collecting blood and other diagnostic specimens.

12. Perform rodent and other small animal necropsies, assist with large animal necropsies and prepare tissues for histopathology.1

13. Follow all other relevant departmental SOPs and IACUC protocols.

14. As directed by supervisor, confer with principal investigators and their laboratory staff to plan diagnostic testing needed for experimental schedules, discuss animal health concerns, sample collection requirements, assist in techinical training of research staff and some procedures/protocols.

15. Assist in billing of lab services, and specialized projects as assigned.

16. Assist with Behavioral and Enrichment daily responsibilities, when needed.

17. Maintain rodent health logs and medical records, regulatory paperwork, surgical records,etc. in compliance with departmental SOPs and regulatory agencies that oversee laboratory animal research.

18. Perform on-call requirements as assigned which include weekend and holiday rotations.

19. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

LAT certification, desirable. Preferred experience: two to three years of experience working in a laboratory, animal care facility or related setting to become familiar with the technical tasks involved in the care of animals ( working with rodents, desirable).

Skills: DLAR Basic Skills:

1. Clinical observations & evaluations of animal health status 2. Assist in surgery 3. Anesthetize, catheterize, and intubate a variety of animals 4. Proficient at basic rodent technical skills (IP, SQ, IV injections, blood collection, etc.) 5. Administer daily treatments and medications 6. Basic animal restraint techniques 7. Basic diagnostic lab techniques 8. Basic radiograph techniques 9. Participate in enrichment plan 10. Working knowledge of barrier, biosecurity, and quarantine procedures 11. Have working knowledge of Animal Biohazard Safety Level II and III (ABSL II & ABSLIII) procedures and guidelines 12. Organization and communication 13. Working knowledge of relevent medical terminology. DLAR Refining Skills:1. Large animal handling skills 2. Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc. handling 3. Phlebotomy 4. Placing catheters 5. Prepare surgical packs 6. Intensive care and emergency care 7. Basic rodent surgical skills 8. Familiar with BSL 3

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or otherscience related scientific field.



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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 4/7/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2018
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