Research Animal Technician, Quality Assurance-Isolation Unit and Production Animal Isolation Facility

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Research Animal Technician, Quality Assurance-Isolation Unit and Production Animal Isolation Facility

Campus Animal Facilities

Hiring #: 2021-0012

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The Isolation Unit and the Production Animal Isolation Facility (PAIF), Campus Animal Facilities (CAF) are

Containment Level 2, Agricultural facilities (CL2Ag). The research primarily focuses on infectious work involving biosafety level 2 pathogens in typical agricultural species such as poultry, swine and cattle. Research involving other species, including rodents can also be performed in these facilities.

Reporting to the Supervisor, Campus Animal Facilities, the incumbent will be accountable for a variety of duties which includes serving on a team of client-focused, highly skilled laboratory animal specialists providing technical support and animal care in a research environment including providing the mandatory training in the care and use of rodents as research models.

The incumbent is responsible for quality assurance for the entire unit by collecting diagnostic samples and establishing protocols to eliminate pathogens that could alter research data collected, cause zoonotic infections or cause cross contamination between projects. The incumbent has responsibility for the management of the general health and well-being of a large variety of research animals housed in the Isolation Unit and PAIF.

This position works closely with Researchers, Graduate Students, Research Animal Technicians, the Supervisor and/or Manager, the Clinical Veterinarian and/or the Veterinary Director(s), regarding all aspects of animal health, welfare and the research procedures performed, to ensure excellent animal care. The incumbent participates in training new staff on animal husbandry, technical skills and biosafety practices to ensure their personal safety and to adhere to the strict facility biosecurity practices. In addition, they participate in providing a Facility Orientation to all new research team members.

Other duties of the Research Animal Technician – Quality Assurance include:

  • Assessing the health of animals and providing humane intervention/monitoring for sick or debilitated animals, ensuring their physical and psychological wellbeing
  • Providing technical support to research teams, including humane restraint, administrations of treatments, collection of biological samples, euthanasia and tissue collection
  • Updating and formulating departmental standard operating procedures pertaining to the control of pathogens
  • Ensuring that all Animal Utilization Protocols and Biosafety permits are being followed
  • Picking up animals from various suppliers in department van
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of animal housing rooms

Requirements of this position include:

  • Two years of community college in a veterinary technician program and certification as a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) or Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), along with two (2) years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • In-depth knowledge of biosecurity practices and the guidelines and legislation relevant to working with research animals in a Containment Level 2 facility
  • Understanding of research methodologies and emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of safe shipping of live animals
  • Knowledge of the equipment used in the facility (cage washers, autoclaves, biocontainment units, biological safety cabinets, anaesthetic machines)
  • Knowledge of anesthetic machine components and techniques that are specific to laboratory
  • Knowledge of disease transmission and containment, disinfection and sterilizing procedures
  • Post-mortem skills would be an asset
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and strong computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills with ability to think analytically and creatively
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize while working both independently and in a team environment

The incumbent will be available to rotate through the other campus animal facilities as needed. The incumbent may be asked to provide essential animal care during shut down due to inclement weather. Some weekend or shift work may be required. 37.5 hours per week. This position involves exposure to odours, allergens, noise, dust, frequent lifting, restraint of large animals and a diverse range of motions. Protective rabies titre required.

Position Number 095-029
Classification USW, Local 4120 Salary Band 5
Salary Range $25.41 Minimum
$28.39 Normal Hiring Limit
$34.39 Job Rate

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2021 01 19
Closing Date: 2021 01 26