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Animal Caretaker Technician II

Apply now Job no: 495018
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Center City
Categories: Office of the Provost, Drexel University

About Drexel 

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.  

Job Summary 

The Animal Caretaker Technician II ensures the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals. It includes general husbandry practices, sanitation of the physical plant, animal observations, and record keeping. The incumbent also provides assistance and direction to junior staff and research technicians.

Essential Functions 

  • Provide primary care to animals daily including:
    • Observe animals and report any abnormalities to Supervisor of Animal Care, Veterinarian, and Principal Investigator
    • Maintain detailed animal records which include daily/weekly observations, monthly weights, laboratory procedures and any surgeries or illnesses
    • Responsible for providing food and water to all animals in his/her care (may be responsible for feeding special diets or providing special fluids)
    • Responsible for providing clean and appropriate housing for animals in his/her care
    • Responsible for receiving incoming animals which includes a primary health check, providing immediate housing and notifying the Principal Investigator
    • May be required to collect fecal or urine samples
    • May be required to help in the treatment of sick or injured animals, as well as vaccinating and maintaining healthy animals
    • Must have the ability to perform routine laboratory tests, e.g., blood counts and chemistries and microscopic examinations
    • Assist in training new employees and advising Animal Care Technician I
    • Assist Veterinarian and/or Veterinary Technician in performing treatments or procedures on animals
    • Assist the Veterinary Technician in maintenance and supply of the sterile operating room areas
  • Responsible for the physical environment of animals including:
    • Clean and sanitize animal housing areas
    • Clean and sanitize animal cages as directed. This includes the operation of the cage wash machine and the autoclave
    • Clean and sanitize ancillary rooms in the animal facility including receiving, surgery, and recovery areas
    • Responsible for trash and waste removal consistent with University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) Standard Operating Procedures
    • Responsible for observing and recording the temperature and humidity of all animal housing areas
    • Responsible for observing and reporting any indications of vermin or pest infestation
    • Responsible for inventory of some supplies and equipment required by ULAR
  • Responsible for the proper handling and safe use of all equipment operated in the animal facility:
    • Cage Wash Machine: Used to sanitize racks, cages, and water bottles. Must keep accurate records to ensure proper temperature and cleaning capability
    • Autoclave: Used to sterilize caging and supplies. Records must also be kept to validate sterilization
    • Chemical Foamer: Used to apply cleaning and sanitizing agents
    • Heavy-duty floor buffer: Used to scrub and wax floors
    • Wet/Dry Vacuum: Used to remove debris and various liquids
    • Using moving equipment to transport animals, cages, and other ancillary items
    • Clothes Washer and Dryer: Used to wash and dry scrub suits linen and other materials
    • Knowledge of proper use, application, handling, and storage of all chemicals used throughout the facility is required
    • Knowledge of the use and care of common laboratory equipment, e.g. centrifuge, microscope, refractometer and the like are required
  • Maintains confidentiality of workplace information according to policies and procedures of the institution
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications 

  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 2 years of animal related experience
  • Certified by American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the assistant level
  • Must become certified as AALAS Technician within 1 year of employment or appointment to this position
  • Must be dedicated to the humane care of laboratory animals
  • Have knowledge of common practices of animal care
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks carefully and completely
  • Motor coordination to grasp small animals to avoid injury to the animal or the handler
  • Ability to disseminate relevant information to colleagues
  • Must have knowledge of normal animal behavior 

Physical Demands 

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking
  • Lifting Demands > 50 lbs

Location 

Center City 

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Non-Exempt with a salary grade of H. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/ 

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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