Animal Care Technician
Job location: Miami, FL
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-09-04
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The Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR), Office of the Vice Provost for Research, has a job opportunity for a seasoned Animal Care Technician at the Medical Campus.
CORE JOB SUMMARY
The Animal Care Technician provides daily care for various species of animals. Duties include daily observation; feeding and watering; sanitizing and/or sterilizing animal cages and equipment; exercising and providing environmental enrichment. May assist veterinary and research staff with procedures such as collection of biological samples and administration of medications and treatments. Receives and stores materials/supplies as well as maintains animal records.
CORE JOB FUNCTIONS
- Provides animal husbandry to a variety of animals including non-human primates (NHP). This includes daily observation, feeding, watering, exercising and providing environmental enrichment to research animals housed in multiple facilities.
- Monitors animal room light cycles and document room environment (temperature and humidity) on a daily basis.
- Sanitizes animal cages and equipment.
- Receives animals and supplies from vendors and properly house the animals and store supplies according to established SOPs.
- Prepares animal diets, cages and water for autoclaving. Operates autoclaves to sterilize animal food, water and equipment.
- Reviews and inspects the animal facility area and report problems to Supervisor (and or Physical Plant, Facilities or Energy Management) so work orders for repairs can be prepared.
- Assists veterinary and research staff with animal procedures such as collection of biological samples and administration of medications/treatments.
- Observes animals for signs of injury, discomfort and disease and report findings to Supervisors and/or Veterinary staff.
- Assists with treatment of sick animals as directed. Assist with monitoring animal health status through the use of established sentinel program.
- Monitors and changes ventilated cage rack filters and animal room filters. Provides preventive maintenance on ventilated racks.
- Cleans and maintains biosafety hoods and animal change stations in animal rooms.
- Participation in the department’s Emergency Response Team as Essential Personnel is required.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.
High School diploma or equivalent required.
Certification and Licensing:
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level is preferred and will be strongly encouraged.
Minimum 1 year of animal care experience. Animal research facility experience in the handling of multiple animal species including Non-Human Primates (NHP) and Virus Antigen Free (VAF) rodents is preferred. Any appropriate combination of relevant education and/or work experience may be considered. Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends is required. Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds without assistance.
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:
- Strong oral and written communications skills and computer literacy.
- Thorough knowledge of the handling and care of lab animal species.
- Ability to complete assignments accurately and with attention to detail.
- Ability to analyze, organize and prioritize work under pressure while meeting deadlines.
- Ability to process and handle confidential information with discretion.
- Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as required.
- Ability to work independently and/or in a collaborative environment.
- Commitment to the University’s core values.
The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.Job Status:Full timeEmployee Type:StaffPay Grade:r2