Performs routine and specialized duties associated with animal care, including feeding, medicating, cleaning, restraint and transportation. Maintains adequate inventory of necessary supplies and equipment. Observes animal behavior and conditions, collects specimens and provides technical assistance to research and veterinary personnel. Performs minor repairs and maintains animal housing facility. May train and supervise new technicians (ACT Trainee to ACT Level I). Performs related responsibilities as required. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents. Required to work weekend, emergency and holiday work schedule.
This position is considered essential personnel.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Solid analytical skills and attention to detail
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to multi-task, and prioritize work assignments
Ability to maintain confidentiality in all work performed
Ability to follow oral and written instructions
Ability to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds and push items weighing up to 200 pounds; able to stand for extended periods of time
Required Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or equivalent and two years of animal husbandry or related animal care experience
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program
One year of laboratory animal experience and certification as an AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician