The Animal Resource Center (ARC) oversees the care and use of vertebrate animals utilized as part of the research and teaching activities of Marquette University and serves as a source of expertise and support for investigators and the administration on all issues related to laboratory animals. We accomplish this by providing quality care for research animals, ensuring that the animals facilities and the animal care and use program continue to meet the standards for continued AAALAC accreditation, overseeing the orientation and training of individuals involved in animal research, providing technical services and specialized training in support of ongoing research projects, recruiting and retaining a top-notch staff, and working closely with other groups in the university to assure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies regarding animal care and use.
The Animal Care Technician [I] is responsible for performing technical work related to the care and maintenance of laboratory animals, performing a variety of routine laboratory animal care-taking duties, being responsible for assisting in tasks related to the cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance of the animal care and use facility.
The Animal Care Technician [I] works closely with the Senior Animal Care Technician and Animal Care and Facility Supervisor to ensure that animal care is provided according to the state, federal and university policies and regulations (AWA, AAALAC, FDA, USDA and the guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) and assists in ensuring the highest standards of humane animal care and use essential in the pursuit and achievement of scientific and educational excellence.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1.Perform animal husbandry and animal handling activities including but not limited to: observation, feeding, watering, sanitizing, cleaning, disinfecting, cage changes, cage washing, cage and accessory assembly and sanitation, facility disinfection, autoclaving procedures and monitoring consistent with ARC facility SOPs, State, Federal and University Regulations. 2.Sanitize animal rooms, cages, equipment, corridors and support areas by using appropriate techniques to promote animal health and welfare and to comply with policies. 3.Perform routine bedding changes on a daily or weekly bases depending on species requirements and/or protocol specifications. Clean and sanitize animal caging, feeders, water bottles and other items as required. 4.Receive and properly process and house various shipments of animals and husbandry supplies. 5.Receive and rotate animal feed and bedding bags and supplies in various ARC storage rooms. 6.Perform routine daily animal health monitoring. Identify and report health issues and prepare health reports. 7.Operate equipment including autoclaves, cage washers, bedding dispensers, down draft work stations and be able to perform daily maintenance requirements on this equipment as per SOPs and be able to notify supervisor of any equipment malfunction. 8.Report facility malfunctions and deficiencies (HVAC, lighting, water etc.) to facility management staff. 9.Assist or perform; documentation, data collection and record keeping of the animals, housing parameters, standard environmental and equipment requirements, as well as monitor and report deviations to the ARC Management staff. 10.Assist in the training for all new undergraduate student animal caretakers. 11.Remove and dispose of animal waste and other facility waste products according to University procedures. 12.Plan for emergencies (i.e. snow storm) and prepare animals with additional supplies in anticipation of being unable to care for them for that period of time. 13.Provide skilled care of research animals in biohazard, quarantine and isolation areas. 14.Attend in-house training classes to become more knowledgeable in laboratory animal science. 15.Provide support in clean and dirty side of cage washroom. 16.Inventory animal husbandry supplies and notify senior technician or ARC Supervisor of any needs. 17.Printing ARC cage cards for cage identification. 18.Ensures compliance with AAALAC Accreditation of animal facilities. 19.Handle and restrain animals by using appropriate techniques to allow for the care and research to be performed in a safe and humane manner. Receive and transport animals using appropriate methods. 20.Perform animal euthanasia when required. 21.Ensures all facilities are organized, clean and sanitary. 22.Assist in the coordination of animal transportation, shipping and receiving. 23.Perform other related duties, tasks, and responsibilities as required or assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
High school diploma required and two years general work experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.
Ability to work with animals for up to 7.5 hours a day.
Willing to be certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) within 18 months of employment.
Ability to travel for continuing education.
No experience required. Previous animal handling experience is preferred. Basic understanding of animal care and husbandry duties.
Work independently as well as in a team environment;
Be responsible, organized, and a problem solver;
Possess strong attention to detail, analytical, time management, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills;
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and create policies and procedures;
Ability to assist with instructing and training of students on a daily basis;
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals;
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment;
Ability to frequently lift between 25-75 lbs;
Ability to work with medical and pathological wastes and research animals resulting in potential exposure to pathogens, allergens, dust, dander, odors, and chemicals;
Proficiency in written, verbal, telephone, and group communications;
Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Can explain records, procedures to others and to key officials. Requires judgement regarding use of equipment, tools or materials;
Strong computer competency, to include proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications;
Must be able to receive, understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Associate's degree in veterinary science or Bachelor's degree in life sciences.
Prefer one (1) year of animal care experience in an animal lab environment, veterinary clinic, or other related experience.
Prefer certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT).
Internal Number: 10969
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