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

Job ID: 26135

Updated: August 5, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Animal Resource Centre in the Cumming School of Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Animal Care Technician for approximately 24 months.

Reports to the Manager, Animal Units, in the Health Sciences Animal Resource Centre at the Cumming School of Medicine, the Animal Care Technician will play a vital role in the welfare of research animals.

The Animal Resource Centre is a highly complex facility, requiring flexibility in the work schedule to accommodate peak times and emergencies.  High stress conditions due to the type of technical procedures being performed, work volume and high impact of error.  Require moderate to heavy physical tasks.  Shifts may require weekend and after hours work.  May be required to work in other units within the Animal Resources Centre.  May be at risk for development of allergies.

Position Description

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

  • Past husbandry experience with research animals in a research centre or other relevant animal husbandry experience

  • High level of proficiency working with animal monitoring and tracking systems (MOSAIC) including other air-flow and water handling technologies in the HSARC facility

  • Carries out duties independently, with minimal supervision

  • Provides well developed, consistent technical support and animal care services to users of the Animal Resources Centre facility and ensure that proper procedures are always followed. Ensures that other HSARC staff and users also follow proper procedures through education and guidance

  • Acts as a resource and provides coaching to Researchers, Lab personnel and Graduate Students as well as other staff within the HSARC

  • Must be able to perform heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time

  • Provides care of animals used in research in compliance with the University and Canadian Council of Animal Care, failure to do so could impact on the animal care and research outcomes

  • Efficient and proficient use of IRISS and the animal tracking system (MOSAIC) to access pertinent information about protocol activities and animal usage occurring within the HSARC

  • Uses good judgment and problem-solving skills to identify and report health problems with animals

  • Provides basic treatments for animals as directed by the Veterinarian, including administering medications, sampling for and performance of diagnostic tests, as well as euthanization of animals as the need arises

  • Operates equipment and performs equipment maintenance, following safety regulations always

    • Provide regular maintenance and ensure safe operation of equipment in the area such as laminar flow change stations, ventilated caging systems, autoclave and anesthetic delivery systems, as well as assess needs for and evaluation of new equipment

  • Work with the Manager to ensure that tasks are completed on time and progressing according to plan

  • Flexibility to work as a member of a team or independently as required

  • Keeps records and performs procedures used for research animal identification in the animal tracking system (MOSAIC)

  • Provides animal care for all species of laboratory animals used in research, which includes feeding, watering and changing cages following Standard Operating Procedures for prevention of exposure to disease

  • Proper and proficient use of animal tracking systems to ensure that data and animal information is current and up to date

    • Detailed record keeping using the animal management system (MOSAIC) is required for a variety of tasks, including cage maintenance, breeding colonies and animal identification, ear notching and tagging and weaning animals, billing records, population census along with other duties and responsibilities. This includes daily log sheets and monthly log sheets, wherever applicable

  • Monitors and assesses general animal health and reports problems to the Veterinarian or appropriate lab technician

  • Provides basic treatment for animals under direction of the Veterinarian, carries out technical procedures such as subcutaneous IP injections, tissue sampling, saphenous blood sampling, urine, blood glucose monitoring, fecal collection, checking plugs, palpating for pregnancy, setting up breeding pairs, euthanization of animals and colony management. All data and activities must be recorded in the animal tracking system (MOSAIC)

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Animal Health Diploma required; may consider past husbandry experience with research related animals in a research or other relevant scientific/medical/institutional setting

  • Relevant experience in a research/scientific/medical/institutional setting includes RLAT designation, AHT designation, Veterinary Clinic, University/Research Facility
    Past husbandry experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of the above noted qualifications. This includes SPCA or other animal care organizations, Zoo, Farm hand experience

  • 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 husbandy 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

  • Participation and registration in the CALAS training program will be required

  • RLAT designation required along with continued registration with CALAS

  • 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, sterilization, containment and isolation

  • Demonstrated ability to function as a productive team member as well as independently as required

Application Deadline:  August 4, 2022

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

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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