May oversee the daily operations of a small animal care facility including the routine care of animals and maintenance of equipment. Serves as a resource in the management of a particular technical specialty such as mice or primates. Provides technical assistance to research and clinical medical personnel in the performance of research and emergency procedures. Feeds animals and supervises the administration of special diets and medication. Assists veterinarians with pre- and post- operative animal care. Collects blood, urine, and other required specimens from animals as requested for medical research. Observes and monitors animals for signs of illness, trauma or social instability. Ensures that the facility complies with federal regulations for care and maintenance of research animals. Follows protocol in the proper containment and disposal of biohazardous waste and contaminants. Responsible for assisting with training and supervision of Animal Care Technicians. Performs related responsibilities as required. Weekend work and overtime hours are a requirement of this position. Responsible for assessing and maintaining security of animals in their primary enclosure. May be designated as essential personnel during a storm/natural disaster. If required to work during a closure, employee must provide accurate and current contact information and is responsible for maintaining communication with DCM. Failure to report to work when requested by supervisor or manager will result in disciplinary action as outlined by the Staff Handbook.
Failure to meet established performance standards in the performance of the job duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description (or as otherwise assigned); and/or failure to interact courteously and tactfully with managers, co-workers, customers and/or vendors such that productivity or departmental morale suffers will result in management taking the appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Staff Handbook.
Employee attendance must meet established work schedules. Faithfulness in coming to work, being on time, planning absences in advance when possible, and calling in when unavoidably detained from reporting for work is an essential requirement of the job.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Specific precautions against and/or immunizations against potentially hazardous agents are required
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
Solid analytical skills and attention to detail
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to multi-task, prioritize work assignments
Ability to maintain confidentiality in all work performed
Required Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or equivalent and six years of animal husbandry or related animal care experience, which includes two years of laboratory animal experience OR Bachelor™s degree in a biological science and two years laboratory animal experience OR Graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program and two years laboratory animal experience OR Five years of laboratory animal experience and certification as an AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Technologist (LATg)
The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) supports the research activities of Tulane University faculty, staff, and students by fostering a comprehensive program of quality animal care.
Our scope of work includes:
Supplying high-quality laboratory animals
Ensuring humane care and use of laboratory animals
Maintaining AAALAC accredited facilities for housing laboratory animals
Providing veterinary care, technical support, and training