Laboratory Animal Husbandry Technician

Laboratory Animal Husbandry Technician

Specific Job Tasks/Requirements
  • Performs animal husbandry duties for rodents, rabbits, and large animals (swine, sheep, and goats), to include the preparation and actual changing and/or cleaning of animal cages and related cage accessories, feeding and manual watering or monitoring automatic watering devices. Includes entry and husbandry related duties in Biosafety Level (BSL) II animal holding and procedure rooms.
  • Maintains feed and water containers on a daily basis.
  • Operates cage wash equipment in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Prepares caging, transport containers/carts, and related equipment for cage wash including scraping floor grids, breaking down caging and dumping pans or scraping cages.
  • Conducts daily inspection of automatic watering systems, door latches, fittings, and reporting needed repairs following established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Cleans and sanitized animal rooms, facility and animal care equipment and associated animal facility areas which includes spraying down, cleaning and sanitizing animal holding rooms and biohazard storage refrigerators/freezers.
  • Performs animal census to include the BLS II (animal rooms), if necessary
  • Performs animal health observations and reports any abnormal conditions or behavior of animals to the Veterinarian, Facility Manager, Vivarium Manager and/or Surgery Manager.
  • Completes all husbandry related logbooks, checklists and other records accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Monitors and reports any irregularities in the room temperature, light cycles, air changes and other environmental conditions that may effects animals to the Facility Manager and/or Vivarium Manager.
  • Stocks an adequate supply of personnel protective equipment throughout the vivarium.
  • Ensures accurate identification of animals moved, requested, or treated
  • Dispose of animal carcasses following established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Performs bacteriological surveys designed to determine the effectiveness of equipment washing, decontamination and sanitizing procedures
  • Coordinates the distribution and stocking of husbandry related supplies and materials, to include animal feed, bedding and enrichment.

Special Training, Qualifications, and Certifications:
  • Related Experience
  • Certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) is required or must be obtained within 18 months of hire.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to pass a government background investigation

Texas, JBSA Ft. Sam Houston
Full Time

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