Laboratory Animal Manager

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

ID: 7066725
Posted: June 5, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY:

The Division of Comparative Medicine directs thirteen integrated laboratories for research and teaching involving animals providing researchers from all departments and disciplines throughout the University and its affiliated institutions with technical assistance and support services in surgical procedural, diagnostic, behavioral testing, and transgenic laboratories.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Plans and develops program-wide policies and procedures with other laboratory animal managers and upper management and administrative staff from Comparative Medicine. Manages and implements these policies and procedures to ensure that the animal care and use program, facilities, and practices of animal care and use fully exceed all requirements of the program's USDA registration, assurance to comply with PHS policy, and AAALAC accreditation. Typically work is performed in a climate-controlled environment and may include physical assistance with animal care and husbandry, facility maintenance, and housekeeping tasks.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Plans and develops program-wide policies and procedures with other laboratory animal managers and upper management and administrative staff from Comparative Medicine. Directs the implementation of these policies and procedures to ensure that the animal care and use program, facilities, and practices of animal care and use fully exceed all requirements of the program's USDA registration, assurance to comply with PHS policy, and AAALAC accreditation.

Manages and implements the animal care and use program by planning, scheduling, and coordinating all work assignments regarding caging and rack changeout schedules, animal placement, care and husbandry of all animal colonies, and the scheduling of facility maintenance. Trains, supervises, and directs other Comparative Medicine staff in these tasks. Contributes to the development of staff through orientation, training, and continuing education. Implements occupational health and safety measures. Maintains adequate inventories of veterinary medical and surgical supplies, equipment, and reagents, animal husbandry supplies and assists with the disposal of outdated or expired supplies.

Provides assistance to research investigators regarding animal use, identification, handling, restraint, care, anesthesia, analgesia, and treatments. Provides orientation and assistance for research personnel regarding procedures involving animals. Contributes to research, surgical, procedural, medical, and compliance records, logs, and notebooks. Conducts literature reviews of research topics. Communicates findings and observations and makes recommendations to research investigators, peers, supervisors, and veterinarians.

Performs and directs others in the routine husbandry and care of all research and teaching animal collections following federal laws and principles, professional standards, and standard operating procedures of the division, including identification, feeding, handling, cage sanitation, and facility maintenance and housekeeping. Performs, assists with, and/or directs others in the resolution of animal health concerns, including veterinary physical examinations, clinical evaluations, and administering treatments.

Oversees accuracy and comprehensiveness of records and files relating to animal medical health, research protocols relevant to facility, room status sheets, quality assurance monitoring logs and records, and other documents to required for the program's registration, assurance and accreditation. Responsible for records relating to generating revenue, e.g., charge back sheets for provision of supplies and technical assistance and per diems.

Performs other duties as required. Attends meetings, seminars, workshops, training sessions as related to certification, continuing education, and professional development.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

MINIMUM:

This position requires a Bachelor's degree, certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or higher by AALAS, and two (2) years of relevant experience in a veterinary, animal care hospital or laboratory work environment. An Associate degree, certification as a LAT and four (4) years of relevant experience or a high school diploma or equivalent, certification as a LAT and six (6) years of relevant experience. Certification as a Veterinary Technician (CVT) by the state of Florida may substitute for the required AALAS certification.




 

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