- Oversees the daily operations of an animal care facility including the routine care of animals and maintenance of equipment.
- Serves as a resource in the management of a particular technical specialty such as mice or primates.
- Provides technical assistance to research and clinical medical personnel in the performance of research and emergency procedures.
- Feeds animals and supervises the administration of special diets and medication.
- Assists veterinarians with grooming and pre- and post-operative animal care.
- Collects blood, urine and other required specimens from animals as requested for medical research.
- Observes and monitors animals for signs of illness, trauma or social instability.
- Monitors environmental conditions in animal housing facilities and inspects the condition of facilities and equipment for cleanliness and proper operation.
- Ensures that the facility complies with federal regulations for care and maintenance of research animals.
- Maintains daily records pertaining to animal care.
- Complies with OSHA standards and other applicable federal and state regulations when working with hazardous chemicals, materials, animals and power equipment.
- Follows protocol in the proper containment and disposal of biohazardous waste and contaminants.
- Assists in training other animal care providers.
- May act in a lead capacity in the supervisor's absence.
- Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- A high school diploma or equivalent and 3 years of animal husbandry/care experience
- OR certification as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) and 3 years of animal husbandry/care experience
- OR 5 years of animal husbandry/care experience.
- The ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Positions in this classification may require a valid Georgia driver's license and an insurable driving record.
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