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Animal Care Technician, Animal Resource Centre, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 12113

Updated: February 22, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Animal Resource Centre in the Cumming School of Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Animal Care Technician for approximately 14 months.

The Animal Care Technician - Clara Christie Centre for Mouse Genomics (CCCMG) reports to the Operations Manager in the Animal Resource Centre and takes daily instructions from the CCCMG Supervisor.  Individual acts a resource and provides coaching to Researchers, Lab personnel and Grad Student as well as staff members of the facility, and must carry out duties independently, with minimal supervision.

Must follow strict safety standards to avoid disease or contamination.

Position may be at risk for developing allergies from animals or latex; and must able to manage high degree of stress due to the nature of work.  Demands for heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time.

Shifts may require weekend work and statutory holidays.

May be required to work in other units within the Animal Resource Centre as required. 

This is a maternity leave position.

 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Provides animal care for all species of laboratory animals used in research, which includes feeding, watering and changing cages following Standard Operating Procedures for prevention of exposure to disease
  • Monitors and assesses general animal health, and reports problems to the Veterinarian or appropriate lab technician
  • Provides basic treatment for animals under direction of Facility Veterinarian, carries out technical procedures such as subcutaneous, foot pad, IP injections, tissue sampling, sephonous blood sampling, urine, blood glucose monitoring, fecal collection, checking plugs, palpating for pg, irradiating mice, setting up breeding pairs, euthanization of animals and colony management
  • Induction, maintenance and monitoring of animals under anaesthesia
  • Provides custodial duties to maintain facility sanitation procedures
  • Interacts with facility users in a pleasant and respectful manner
  • Ensures at all times that work complies with animal, facility and good laboratory standards
  • Keeps supervisor informed of activities and seeks problem solving assistance where required, as well as bringing forward suggestions for more efficient operation of the unit
  • Responsible for operation and basic maintenance of equipment eg. laminar flow cabinets, ventilated caging systems, autoclave, anesthetic delivery systems and ventilators, biosaftey cabinets, under safety guidelines
  • Works with chemicals and medications safely and properly
  • Responsible for keeping skills up-to-date and taking courses that will assist in personal and professional development

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Animal Health Diploma and/or past husbandry experience with research related animals in a research or other relevant scientific/medical/institutional setting
  • Relevant experience in a research/scientific/medical/institutional setting includes:
    • RLAT designation
    • AHT designation
    • Veterinary Clinic
    • University/Research Facility
  • Past husbandry experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of the above noted qualifications.  This includes:
    • SPCA or other animal care organizations
    • Zoo
    • Farm hand experience
  • Attention to detail is crucial in following procedures and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to keep accurate and detailed records
  • Requires high degree of analytical skills in carrying out technical procedures with a high impact of error
  • In-depth knowledge of theory, procedures and skills in areas of specialized husbandy and complex technical procedures
  • Good communication skills required to interact with other staff members, Researchers and other facility users
  • Must be fluent in written and oral English language
  • Participation and registration in the CALAS training program will be required or if RLAT designation, continued registration with CALAS
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a productive team member as well as independently as required

Application Deadline:  February 21, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. 

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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