Position: Animal Care Technician Location: Hamden, CT Duration: 5+ Months (Possible hire for full time
Breeds, raises and cares for small research animals on behalf of, or for sale to, customers.
Follows proper breeding and animal care procedures.
Monitors animal behaviour and physical attributes to ensure animal health and confirm appropriate phenotype; reports any findings.
Coordinates with Customer Service on scheduling and order status.
Review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to laboratory animals for research.
Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations. Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
Perform daily cage wash duties and sanitation.
Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas as required by Institute and facility.
Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as assigned by the on-site supervisor or facility veterinarian.
Dispose of animal carcasses following established procedures.
Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry and personnel protective equipment use.
Receive, inspect and put away incoming animals; ensure and provide for sentinel animals in each rodent housing area.
May be involved in strictly maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.
Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: High school diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.) or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in animal or life sciences field preferred.