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UCARE Animal Health Technician, Animal Care Services, VP Research

Job ID: 24113

Updated: October 13, 2021

Location: Spy Hill

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Position Overview

Animal Care Services within VP Research is currently seeking a Full-time Regular UCARE Animal Health Technician.

Reporting to the Assistant University Veterinarian or the Animal Care Committee Coordinator, the UCARE Animal Health Technologist provides basic treatment to research and teaching animals at any designated animal facility of the University of Calgary. This may include the Life & Environmental Sciences Animal Resources Centre, the Health Sciences Animal Resources Centre, the Veterinary Sciences Research Services Centre and associated Clinical Skills Building, the WA Ranches at the University of Calgary or any other designated locations.

The primary responsibility of this role is to provide consistent and well-developed animal healthcare services, as well as consistent and well-developed technical support and training to facilities users (faculty, students, staff, and others involved in research and teaching). Additionally, the Animal Health Technologist ensures proper procedures are followed at all times, through a thorough understanding of the oversight provided through the University Animal Welfare Committee, the Animal Care Committees and the CCAC standards, and through the education/coaching of faculty, students, staff, and other facilities users.

The position may be physically demanding. Heavy lifting and long periods of standing at times, are required. Direct work with animals of a wide range of taxa and the associated hazards are involved (specific to the Spy Hill Campus and WA Ranch facilities).

Weekend shift work may be required and on-call coverage as well as vacation coverage of other technologists within UCARE is required. Travel to the various locations across University campuses is required.  Work must be performed in compliance with the University Animal Welfare Committee and Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) standards. 

Position Description

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

  • Provides basic animal healthcare and technical support, including (but not limited to) sample collection procedures (diagnostic and research based) bandage care, surgical support, anesthesia, medication administration (all routes)  blood sampling, analgesia, medications, and some administration and management of controlled drugs. Implementing measures of preventative health care as directed by veterinary staff is essential.
  • Receives and sets-up (prepares for protocol) incoming research and teaching animals. Monitors and assesses general animal health, and reports issues/concerns to the Veterinarian.
  • Assists in the preparation, delivery and clean-up of the IAUTP.
  • Adheres to Health Canada guidelines to administer and maintain records for controlled substances and prescription medications.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure an overall safe work environment and more specifically, proper operation and maintenance of equipment such as autoclaves, anaesthetic delivery systems / ventilators, ventilated caging systems, among others.
  • Works with chemicals in a safe and proper manner through use of protective gear and appropriate containers.
  • Ensures familiarity with ordering processes and inventory management so that animal healthcare supplies are kept stocked in a timely and organized manner to ensure continuous availability and economically efficient use.
  • Coordinates animal healthcare and husbandry with the Animal Facility Manager, and with Animal Husbandry Care Attendants, as required.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • In-depth knowledge of the theory, complex technical procedures, and skills necessary to provide animal health services. Specific to the Spy Hill Campus and WA Ranch facilities, proficiency in handling and management of horses, cattle and other livestock species is required.
  • A valid Animal Health Technology Diploma is required, as is registration (or eligibility for registration) with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) as a Registered Veterinary Technologist.
  • Past research and teaching animal experience within a relevant scientific/institutional facility is considered an asset. Relevant experience in a research/scientific/institutional setting can include:
    • Veterinary Clinics, or;
    • University / Research Animal Care Facilities.
  • Previous animal health experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of experience in research facilities. These non-research facilities include:
    • A humane society or other animal care organization;
    • wildlife rehabilitation centres, zoos,
    • or farm hand experience.
  • The Animal Health Technologist requires strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and accurate record-keeping due to the potentially high impact of technical procedure errors, particularly in a research setting. A thorough knowledge of University Animal Welfare Committee and CCAC guidelines is necessary. Detailed understanding of sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization principles is essential.
  • Strong verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate interaction with a variety of facilities users is needed (fluency in English is necessary). Demonstrated teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work independently, are also required.
  • The Animal Health Technologist must not have any known animal-related allergies.

Application Deadline:  October 27, 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 II.

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

COVIDSafe Campus Strategy

Currently, the COVIDSafe Campus Strategy requires that all university employees complete an online attestation of their vaccination status. New hires must be compliant with the COVIDSafe Campus Strategy prior to commencing in their new position. All employees must upload their proof of vaccination status through the Thrive Health Portal ( to be released from rapid testing.

Please note that effective January 1, 2022, the University of Calgary will be requiring that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are offered a position will be required to upload proof of vaccination prior to their start date through the Thrive Health Portal.  Alternatively, if you are unable to be vaccinated based on a protected ground you may submit a request for accommodation through Staff Wellness along with any supporting documentation.


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