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Lab Animal Resources

Work Performed
  • Serves as a primary technician for all aspects of the clinical rotation for enrichment staff, husbandry staff, veterinary staff, receiving, pharmacy, farm staff, (AAALAC, USDA inspections, etc)
  • Serves as Project Manager and primary point of contact for clinical/farm technical procedures and communicates with PI/lab members accordingly (covers any and all large animal technical service requests, NPO requests, etc. that are either veterinary or protocol-related).
  • Communicates with lab managers regarding scheduling for such requests, communicates any issues/inconsistencies that come up, and works with lab managers to develop a solution while enhancing consistency and customer service.
  • Provides animals in need with permanent IDs/replacement ID.
  • Handles all large animal cage card requests bred in-house and arriving from outside institution (animals that either need an alternate ID or bred in house).
  • Works alongside Enrichment Coordinator to develop plans for semi-annuals. Works with husbandry staff and lab staff to develop schedule.
  • Maintains scheduling of annuals, monthly, vaccines, weights/nail trims, and new arrivals.
  • Develops and maintains clinical manual accordingly, participates in tech meetings, and updates fellow vet staff members of any changes to activities in clinical/farm.
  • Serves as point of contact for Education and Training Coordinator and vet staff involving any changes to SOPs as it relates to any clinical responsibilities.
  • Ensures proper completion of all Vet Tech clinical duties such as weekly, monthly, equipment ordering, restocking, expiration checks, health checks, etc.
  • Keeps track of the budget for any clinical items with enhanced departmental budget expectations for expenditures and revenues (clinical expenses and revenue from tech services).
  • Develops and maintains automated forms for clinical and technical services and related processes.
  • Assists the Enrichment Coordinator with procurement of animals (primary point of contact for scheduling check-ins, tests, arrival dates, etc.)
  • Manages antibody production scheduling (for all species as applicable) and communication with PIs.
  • Updates the Vet Tech on-call working through the weekend/holiday with the current status of all treatments/ technical requests covered by the Clinical Tech (whether they be in the Vivarium, farm, satellite buildings, etc.) prior to working the weekend shift.
  • Communicates with Tech working the weekend on the following weekday regarding any additions/ changes to treatments in any new and current patients.
  • Schedules and attends pre-study meetings that involve technical services (clinical).
  • Provides feedback with protocol amendments/changes, etc.
  • Attends weekly Vet rounds; provides updates on specific animal behavior, progress in healing observed, input of animals on treatment, etc.
  • Orders and maintains prescription diet food alongside the Veterinary Services Manager and/ or designee.
  • With the Veterinary Services Manager, reviews and updates the relevant technical procedures in the DLAR technical and training IACUC protocols for the annual reports, 3 year de novo submissions, and amendments (as needed) to maintain regulatory compliance as it relates to clinical services and procedures.
  • Provides backup support for both Veterinary and Rodent Services.
  • Manages and maintains the organization, scheduling, development, documentation, etc. for a given project. Regularly assesses the progression of the project.
  • Consistently meets service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation.
  • Performs on-call requirements as assigned which include weekend and holiday rotations.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred skills: Clinical observations & evaluations of animal health status; Assist in surgery; Anesthetize and intubate dogs/cats; Administer daily treatments and medications; Basic animal restraint techniques (excluding primates); Basic diagnostic lab techniques; Basic radiograph techniques; Participate in enrichment plan; Anesthetize and intubate swine; Basic NHP's restraint techniques; Large animal technical skills; Rodent,guinea pig, rabbit, etc health evaluation and treatments; Ability to follow and enhance enrichment plan for NHP and other species; Manage and maintain the organization,scheduling, development, documentation, etc for the given project. Regularly assess the progression of the project. Consistently meet service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation. Large animal handling skills; Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc handling; Phlebotomy; Placing catheters; Prepare surgical packs; Intensive care and emergencycare; Antibody Production process; Able to train PI staff in lab animal technical skills; Interact more professionally and knowledgeably w/ high risk, high visibility groups.

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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 basic science background normally acquired throughhigh school education.



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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: 4/17/2018
Application Due: 4/28/2018
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