Animal Care Technician | Research
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Facility: Sanford Center Building
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Must demonstrate an understanding of species-specific needs and be able to follow established protocols when working with animals. Administer any necessary experimental requirements, and monitor and record environmental conditions. Provide daily husbandry for a variety of laboratory animals following specific experimental parameters. Animals may require specific experimental diets, daily medications delivered per oculus sinister (OS) or injected.
Must follow established protocols, safety measures and operating procedures at all times, to include personal protective equipment (PPE) and other techniques used to prevent contamination, pathogen transfer or anything that may jeopardize the animals.
Administer any necessary experimental requirements and monitor and record environmental conditions. Should understand and be able to use aseptic technique when performing a cage change to minimize transfer of potential pathogens.
Develop and maintain breeding programs for various genetically engineered strains of mice and rats. Observe animals for abnormal behavior. Be educated on the experimental protocols to distinguish between an abnormality and experimental protocol.
Must be skilled in handling and restraint for a variety of laboratory animals without causing injury or distress to the animal or themselves in order to change cages and/or make close observations. Must be knowledgeable and skilled in the application of animal identification, and must know how to interpret identification schemes used by the Large Animal Research Facility (LARF) and investigators.
Understand and perform quarantine procedures on incoming animals. Must be able to perform oral gavage and intraperitoneal, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, to interpret samples and maintain detailed records for animal care to meet federal regulations.
Keep records on animal health, environmental parameters, environmental enrichment, sanitation, census and supply inventory.
Occasional local travel between sites may be required, and may be responsible to work some weekends and/or holidays as assigned.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8a-4:30p to include rotating weekend and holiday.
Associate degree required in registered veterinary technology (RVT) or holds an Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (RALAT) certification.
One year experience in laboratory animal husbandry and/or an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research preferred.
Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (RALAT) required within six months of hire, and must be maintained throughout the appointment.
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Job Function: Research
Req Number: R-31716