Animal Care II
DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Department: Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR)
Job Title: Animal Care II
Position #705320 – Requisition #19126
* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *
The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.
The Animal Care Technician II position assists with oversight of husbandry tasks. Duties include but are not limited to:
- 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.), houses 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, contacts appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals via e-mail, flag or phone.
- 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. Other duties relating animal husbandry as assigned.
- 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.
- Mentors and trains 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.
- The hiring salary range for this position has been established at $38,340 - $45,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience
- This position is eligible for overtime compensation
- Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
- Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.
- Total Compensation Calculator: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/total-compensation
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- 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.
- 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.
- At least two (2) years of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility. One (1) of the two (2) years of required experience must be for research and/or instructional purposes.
- 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.
- Experience as a work leader assigning tasks, monitoring the progress and work flow, and scheduling work for other employees
- 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
- 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
- Provide high quality customer service
- 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
Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Posting Date: Sep 1, 2020
Unposting Date: Sep 11, 2020, 12:59:00 AM