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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 8, 2019.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) is responsible for managing a centralized program of animal care and use on the UC Berkeley campus. The department consists of veterinary, administrative and animal husbandry personnel.
Under close supervision, Animal Technicians will perform routine animal husbandry tasks to include the cleaning, feeding, and watering of laboratory animals; the cleaning of cages/enclosures, related ancillary equipment; and the maintenance of animal care areas on the UC Berkeley campus.
CLEANING & SANITIZATION
Operate a cage washer for cleaning and sanitizing animal cages and cage supplies through automatic and manual processes.
Operate sterilizer machine in order to sterilize caging equipment for the animals.
Dispose of animal refuse and soiled bedding properly.
Clean and maintain animal care areas by scrubbing down the ceilings, walls, and floors at prescribed intervals following departmental procedures.
ANIMAL CARE DUTIES
Perform routine animal husbandry tasks including cleaning, watering, feeding, and grooming of laboratory animals pre recommended guidelines and regulations.
Clean and repair cages/enclosures and related ancillary equipment following departmental procedures.
Observe animal daily. Report health concerns or abnormalities to the Veterinary staff promptly.
Complete all required documentation completely and contemporaneously.
Maintain documentation, reports, and logs including: animal identification cards and inventory records, room environment reports, environmental enrichment logs, and cage washing and/or autoclaving logs.
Perform other duties as requested or assigned by supervisor.
Perform euthanasia on rodents under the direction of the Veterinarian Staff.
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Attend and participate in on-the-job and classroom training sessions.
Complete all assigned computer based safety and professional development training by predetermined due dates.
Communicate procedural questions and self-identified training deficiencies to supervisor and training staff.
Provide procedural mentoring to other staff as instructed by supervisor.
Working knowledge of hygienic principles and basic animal husbandry.
Applies specialized knowledge of animal husbandry procedures to ensure that research animals are being cared for in accordance with NIH, OSHA, USDA, and AWA guidelines and regulations.
Applies knowledge of individual facility SOPs to ensure that they are being properly implemented.
Skill in providing humane care and maintenance to several species of animals and providing proper restraint for several species of animals.
Skill in reading English and numbers to be able to follow instructions, maintain records and identify specific animals.
Ability to work in an animal research environment which requires continuous contact with animals.
Ability to lift up to 50 pound bags of feed, bedding or animals. Ability to push up to 300-pound cage racks.
Ability to understand established guidelines for humane care and welfare of laboratory animals as described by Guide for The Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Ability to euthanize rats and mice using CO2 chambers. Must be able to follow the procedures for euthanasia including the use of the CO2 chamber, as well as be able to ascertain that death has occurred. Knowledge of appropriate labeling and disposal of the animals euthanized, including bio-hazardous animals.
Basic computer skills to enter animal health reports in departmental data base.
Graduation from high school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge's and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. In all of the above Minimum Qualifications, work experience evidencing reliability and the capacity to learn and assume responsibility for the routine animal caretaking functions may be substituted for high school education, on the basis of one year of work experience for one year of education.
Knowledge of and the ability to apply the concept of contamination control practices including engineering, administrative, and procedural controls for the containment of pathogens, including disinfection, and waste handling methods appropriate for work in bio-containment animal facilities up to BSL2 level with BSL3 practices.
Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification from AALAS
Salary & Benefits
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Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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