Laboratory Animal Technician I - Laboratory Animal Facility

Laboratory Animal Technician I, Laboratory Animal Facilities

Regular Full-time, MR02

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a vacant Laboratory Animal Technician I position within the Laboratory Animal Facilities unit.  Under direct supervision, this position performs a variety of routine duties such as cleaning, feeding, and minimal record keeping.  The primary purpose of the position is to ensure the health and well-being of the laboratory animals.

Typical Responsibilities

Performs general animal care by feeding animals, providing enrichment, cleaning kennels, cages, bowls, toys and rooms, filling cages and pans with bedding and litter, completing animal room logs, washing carts, etc.  Consistently checks that all areas are stocked with necessary supplies.  Evaluates general animal health, administers oral and topical medications as necessary.  Works in the cage wash area to wash supplies.  Maintains accurate records of actions performed.

Performs general housekeeping duties to include mopping, cleaning, dusting, taking out trash, etc.

Notifies Manager and Maintenance Staff regarding issues found within the facilities on a daily basis.  Notifies Manager, OLAC veterinarians, and the appropriate Principal Investigator of any clinical issues found while working with the animals.  Keeps Manager up-to-date on any information regarding the PI and their respective technicians; likewise, being update by the Manager on protocols, PI, etc.  Attends OLAC training. 

Follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to correctly sanitize and put away all enrichment, rodent cages, litter pans, etc.  Follows SOPs to store all food, bedding, and other supplies and to properly house newly arrived animals.  Assists in the transport of supplies and animals between buildings when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must have a valid driver's license.  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance.  Must be able to work with chemicals.

Preferred Qualifications:

Assistant Lab Animal Technician certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:

General knowledge of animal behavior and health.  General knowledge of housekeeping to include cleaning and disinfection.  Knowledge of safety procedures.   General knowledge of oral and topical medication administration and the ability to administer medication.   Organizational and time management skills.  Ability to maintain confidentiality.  Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.  Ability to follow directions and procedures.  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance.  Ability to work with chemicals.  Ability to transport supplies and animals between buildings, including driving.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Laboratory Animal Facility
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 22, 2021, 7:01:33 AM

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