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

Job ID: 22004

Updated: January 12, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Animal Resource Centre in the Cumming School of Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Animal Care Technician for approximately 18 months.

Reporting to the Manager, Animal Units, in the Health Sciences Animal Resource Center (HSARC), the Animal Care Technician will play a vital role in the welfare of research animals. The HSARC is core facility operating within the mandate of the Office of the Associate Dean Research (OADR). This role also has high accountability to the Director, Research Operations and the Director, Strategic Platforms.

This position plays an important role in the provision of animal research service and supports all aspects of animal welfare.

Responsible for completing all aspects of the animal welfare and husbandry process. 
The Animal Resource Centre is a highly complex facility, requiring flexibility in the work schedule to accommodate peak times and emergencies.

High stress conditions due to the type of technical procedures being performed, work volume and high impact of error.
Require moderate to heavy physical tasks.  Shifts may require weekend, statuatory holidays and after-hours work.  Must be flexible with work schedule.

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

May be at risk for development of allergies.  May be at risk for developing allergies from animals and latex.  Must demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality at all times.

Position Description

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

  • Provides care of animals used in research in compliance with the University and Canadian Council of Animal Care, failure to do so could impact on the animal care and research outcomes
  • Efficient and proficient use of IRISS and the animal tracking system (MOSAIC) to access pertinent information about protocol activities and animal usage occurring within the HSARC
  • Provides basic treatments for animals as directed by the Veterinarian, including administering medications, sampling for and performance of diagnostic tests, as well as euthanization of animals as the need arises
  • Must follow strict safety standards to avoid disease or contamination
  • Operates equipment and performs equipment maintenance, following safety regulations always
  • Provide regular maintenance and ensure safe operation of equipment in the area such as laminar flow change stations, ventilated caging systems, autoclave and anesthetic delivery systems, as well as assess needs for and evaluation of new equipment
  • Work with the Manager to ensure that tasks are completed on time and progressing according to plan
  • Keeps records and performs procedures used for research animal identification in the animal tracking system (MOSAIC)
  • 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
  • Proper and proficient use of animal tracking systems to ensure that data and animal information is current and up to date
  • Detailed record keeping using the animal management system (MOSAIC) is required for a variety of tasks, including cage maintenance, breeding colonies and animal identification, ear notching and tagging and weaning animals, billing records, population census along with other duties and responsibilities. This includes daily log sheets and monthly log sheets, wherever applicable
  • Monitors and assesses general animal health and reports problems to the Veterinarian or appropriate lab technician
  • Provides basic treatment for animals under direction of the Veterinarian, carries out technical procedures such as subcutaneous IP injections, tissue sampling, saphenous blood sampling, urine, blood glucose monitoring, fecal collection, checking plugs, palpating for pregnancy, setting up breeding pairs, euthanization of animals and colony management. All data and activities must be recorded in the animal tracking system (MOSAIC)
  • Induction, maintenance and monitoring of animals under anaesthesia
  • Provides custodial duties to maintain facility sanitation procedures
  • Always ensures that work complies with animal, facility and good laboratory standards
  • Keeps Manager informed of activities and seeks problem solving assistance where required
  • 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
  • Receive and set up incoming animals; also applies to quarantine area. All data and activities are recorded in the animal tracking system (MOSAIC)
  • Works with chemicals and medications safely and properly, e.g. dilutions, using appropriately marked containers and using protective gear
     

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
  • RLAT designation, continued registration with CALAS
  • WHIMIS training

Application Deadline:  January 26, 2021

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. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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