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Posting Number S02967P Working Title LAB ANIMAL HEALTH TECH II - NHP Department Research Animal Resources About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Full/Part time Full Time Work Schedule Additional Schedule Information

Work schedule: Four week days and one weekend day (8 hrs.). There will be some afterhours and holidays as needed.

Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience Posting Date 04/18/2019 Open until filled Yes Closing Date Proposed Starting Date 05/27/2019 Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification Title Animal Care Veterinary/Animal Science Paraprofessional/Professional Pay Grade FLSA Job Family Research And Lab FTE 1.0 Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

This is the second in a two-step job group involved in the nursing and health care of laboratory animals overseen by the University Research Animal Resources. These positions are distinct from other Laboratory Animal Care positions in that the primary function is the provision of veterinary care for university owned laboratory animals rather than husbandry activities, though this person will also support the daily operations of the animal that involve husbandry and room sanitization. This person is directed by the URAR veterinarians who authorize treatment/pharmaceutical administration and by the Nonhuman Primate Core Facility Study Coordinator. This employee assists investigative and veterinary staff with the provision of veterinary medical care, preventative medicine, quarantine, and performs veterinary technical procedures and experimental study work under the direction of a veterinarian. They will be responsible for working primarily with nonhuman primates.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

1. Advanced knowledge of animal care and veterinary medicine
2. Familiarity with the biology and physiology of nonhuman primates, and be able to properly handle, restrain, and interact with all animals at the facility.
3. General knowledge of zoonotic diseases.
4. Ability to observe animal behaviors and assess and treat problems in nonhuman primates.
5. Proven reliability and ability to work independently to complete usual job responsibilities.
6. Ability to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions.
7. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
8. Ability to accomplish many tasks in an evolving, fast-paced environment.
9. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate problem resolution, receive creative feedback and direction, and promote excellent customer service. Requires initiative, flexibility, and the ability to work in a team environment.
10. Excellent organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work flow while providing excellent work under tight deadlines.
11. Ability to pass regular background and drug testing for pharmaceutical supplies management.
12. Ability to use computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Ability to use computer software to record data. Familiarity with ImageJ and GraphPad Prism a plus.
13. Ability to perform the following procedures: collection of NHP blood using vacutainer needle system, intravenous catheterization, induction and maintenance of anesthesia. surgical assistance, resuscitative procedures, routine laboratory test procedures including collection of NHP blood, fecal, and urine samples, collection and preparation of tissue, cellular or microbiological samples by skin scraping, FNA, or biopsy, administration and application of treatments, drugs, fluids, medications and immunological agents by oral, parenteral, and injectable routes, radiology including settings, positioning, processing, and safety, bronchoscopy of the respiratory tract and lungs, bronchoalveolar lavage, preparation of patients for echocardiographic examinations, inguinal/axillary lymph node biopsy, tissue repair/closure using suture material, blood glucose sampling using glucometer, euthanasia and necropsy.

Physical Demands

1. Lift and carry up to 50 pounds with occasional lifting of up to 60 pounds.
2. Squat, kneel, reach overhead, walk stairs, and stand on ladders.
3. Work in an enclosed environment exposed to smells, dust, and dander of nonhuman primates.
4. Remember a large amount of details, know and apply UGA and regulatory agencies policies, draw appropriate conclusions from information available.
5. Communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of individuals including faculty, staff, auditing agencies, etc.
6. See well enough to perform a physical examination and hear well enough to ascult.
7. Perform duties wearing Tyvek jumpsuit, two pair gloves, and respirator (either N95 or purified air pressure respirator).
8. Participation in the research occupational health and safety program which may include specific vaccinations before entering restricted facilities.

Is driving required to perform essential duties outlined in this position? (This does not include infrequent trips) The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver's license when offered employment. Does this position have financial responsibilities? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



1. Observes the health and well-being of nonhuman primates on a daily basis, including review of animal behavior logs.
2. Performs procedures to maintain colony health, such as dental care, TB tests, etc.
3. Triages and follow-ups on morbidity and mortality cases, performs initial assessment and physical examination of animals, and calculates/administers treatments under supervision of the veterinary staff.
2. Assists with diagnostics of laboratory animals used in research and teaching projects as directed by the veterinarian.
3. Supports surgical procedures by developing and implementing appropriate treatment plans including: timely food removal, anesthesia, surgical preparation, and recovery.
4. Anesthetizes animals, including determining and dispensing of pre-anesthetic drugs, establishing airway for gas anesthesia, monitoring patient during surgery, recovery, etc.
5. Euthanizes animals as necessary, in accordance with research protocols, and/or as a part of Quality Assurance and environmental monitoring and assists with performing necropsies.
6. Performs veterinary technical procedures and experimental study work under the direction of a veterinarian

Percentage of time 60 Duties/Responsibilities


1. Performs husbandry procedures including feeding and watering of animals, changing cages, and sanitizing rooms.
2. Prepares fresh fruit and vegetables for nonhuman primates
3. Participates in the nonhuman primate enrichment program.

Percentage of time 20 Duties/Responsibilities


1. Prepares for and directly trains University Research Animal Resources personnel and students in a variety of specialized and routine procedures with laboratory animals.
2. Drafts Standard Operating Procedures for review by the veterinarian or designee to conform with USDA-APHIS, IACUC, and AAALAC standards, and facilitates SOP implementation.
3. Maintains research laboratory, establishing procedures for ordering supplies and maintaining appropriate inventory.
4. Maintains the supplies, safety, and security of pharmaceuticals. Coordinates with veterinarian for accurate use documentation, reordering and management of empty vials.
5. Assists in maintaining compliance with approved animal care and use and study protocols, as well as federal, state, and local departmental/university regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Percentage of time 20 Posting Specific Questions

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    Posted: 4/19/2019
    Application Due: 5/21/2019
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