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

Job ID: 17522

Updated: February 11, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Animal Resource Centre in the Cumming School of Medicine is currently seeking a Recurring Part-time Animal Care Technician.

This position reports to the Manager of Operations and Infrastructure supervisor in the following units where assigned: Conventional/Biohazard, Single Mouse Barrier, Double Mouse Barrier and Surgery/Weekend Staff in the Animal Resource Centre at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Animal Care Technician acts as a resource to researchers, lab personnel and grad students as well as staff members of the facility. The position provides care for animals used in research in compliance with the University and CCAC standards of animal care. There are demands for heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide well developed, consistent technical support and animal care services to users of the Animal Resources Centre facilities and ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times through education of staff and users.

Must be available to work weekends, statutory holidays and staff leave assignments in all units in the Animal Resources Centre. 

Recurring Part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.  

Position Description

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

  • Provides animal care for all species of laboratory animals used in research, which includes feeding, watering and changing cages following strict safety guidelines for prevention of exposure to disease
  • Monitors and assesses general animal health, and reports problems to the Veterinarian
  • Provides basic treatment for animals under direction of Facility Veterinarian, including injections, blood samples, antibiotics, euthonol and some controlled drugs
  • Provides custodial duties to maintain facility sanitation procedures
  • Interacts with facility users in a pleasant and respectful manner
  • Ensures at all times that work complies with animal, facility and good laboratory standards
  • Keeps supervisor informed of activities and seeks problem solving assistance where required, as well as bringing forward suggestions for more efficient operation of the unit.
  • Responsible for operation and up-keep of equipment eg. laminar flow cabinets, ventilated caging systems, autoclave, anaesthetic delivery systems and ventilators, biosafety cabinets, under safety guidelines
  • Receive and set up incoming animals
  • Record keeping is required for a variety of tasks, including breeding colonies and animal identification, ear notching and tagging and weaning animals as well as unscheduled deaths
  • Work with chemicals safely and properly, e.g. dilutions, using appropriate containers and protective gear
  • Responsible for keeping skills up-to-date and taking courses that will assist in personal and professional development
  • Flexibility to provide assistance in other areas as required
  • Provide well developed and consistent technical support and animal care services to users of the Animal Resources Centre and ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times
  • Ensure investigators follow standard operating procedures
  • Setting up new breeding pairs for researchers including maintaining clear records
  • Ensure supplies are kept stocked in a timely manner to ensure continuous availability
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to safety regulations at all times

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Requires an Animal Health Diploma and/or past husbandry experience with research related animals in a research or other relevant scientific/medical/institutional setting
  • Past husbandry experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of the above noted qualifications
  • 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 husbandry 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
  • Completion of course and current CALAS regristration would be desirable.  A sound knowledge of CCAC guidelines, University and Departmental policies & procedures and Health Canada Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines
  • A sound knowledge of principles of sanitation, disinfection and sterilization
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a productive team member as well as independently as required

Application Deadline:  February 25, 2019

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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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