Animal Care Assistant III

California, United States
Thursday, 22 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

The Veterinary Service Center within the Department of Comparative Medicine is seeking an Animal Care Assistant III to provide advanced care and husbandry for a variety of animal species (including mice, rats, and any other species as directed by supervisor).

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: weaning, isolating pregnant females, checking for mucus plug, and sexing of a variety of strains of rodents (including transgenic and immune compromised strains) and housing according to OLAW guidelines and under researcher's direction.  Maintain accurate breeding record of mating and weaning of animals. Observes for and recognizes signs of illness in animals or death of animals under assigned care and completes the required forms for the Animal Health Care Staff. Completes required forms, bags, tags, and stores dead animals in appropriate cold storage areas. Checks the room environment and reports any deviations to the animal room standard operating procedure to the VSC maintenance staff. Maintains daily records of animal holding room activities. Fill in any area animal holding area (outside facility), including cage wash if necessary, in the absence of workers or covering vacations. Obtains diagnostic lab specimens (e.g. blood for viral serologies, feces for PCR analysis, and DNA samples for genotyping). Water testing, autoclaving and or ATP/Rodac plating. The incumbent will provide training to lower level animal care assistants.

The animal care assistant must have three years of applicable animal care experience in a research or animal laboratory setting; prefer certification at the AALAS technician level or equivalent training; familiarity with OLAW and U.S.D.A. guidelines. Must possess mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and personal standards of cleanliness, neatness and organizational ability. Must be able to read, write, understand, communicate and follow written and oral instructions provided in English. Must be capable of properly handling and restraining all species of common laboratory animals, have no abnormal fear of any common laboratory species and should be free of animal-related allergies. The animal care assistant will complete an Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire and may be required to undergo a physical examination and immunizations. Must comply with governmental regulations and University policies regarding health and safety and observe and support good health and safety practices.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5852
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A20
  • Requisition ID: 87573

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