Assist in animal research at LARC facilities through application of skills in veterinary clinical medicine, conduct of training, and customer service.
Duties include, but not limited to:
- Assist veterinarians and supervisors in performing animal clinical care and other related tasks (medical evaluations, supportive medical treatments and procedures, surgery, anethesia, diagnostic testing, necropsy, checking protocols, maintaining supply inventory) and with communication between appropriate persons/entities (investigators, staff).
- Create, maintain, and verify proper record keeping and documentation (animal health clinical records, surgery and maintenance records, controlled drug use logs, quality assurance testing, equipment preventative maintenance, GLP records, EHS and other safety documents, daily activity sheets) in a regulatory environment. Help edit procedural descriptions and SOP's, perform data entry, and generate reports.
- Discuss and demonstrate proper techniques and procedures by providing information as a trainer, and subject matter expert to research faculty and staff on assigned topics (methods of animal handling and bio-manipulation, aseptic technique, suturing, anethesia/analgesia, euthanasia, record-keeping, chemical/biological safety, breeding/colony maintenance, bio-protection, quarantine, sentinel programs, general LARC procedures, etc.). Help create, maintain, and update training materials and informational resources (handouts, visual aids, formal and informal presentations, content for e-training and on-line platforms, SOP's, procedural descriptions). Apply methods to assure comprehension and understanding on training topics (performance assessments, question/answer, testing, discussion, etc.).
- Provide technical support services for investigators (assistance with surgery, anesthesia/analgesia, dosing calculations, treatments, sample collection, necropsy, testing establishing breeding colonies, weaning litters, record-keeping, and comunication with investigator labs, etc.). Perform other duties as assigned.
- Maintain proper sanitation, environment and bio-protection status of surgical support, pharmacy, necropsy, diagnostic units, and other assigned support locations. Serve as back-up to other LARC staff when needed (husbandry, cage wash, admin), especially during times of low staffing or campus emergency.
- Participate in continuing education and training to grow in knowledge of topics related to the care and husbandry of laboratory animals and to keep up-to-date in the field (laboratory animal medicine, laws & regulations, chemical and biological safety, environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety, controlled substance requirements, anethesia/analgesia/surgery, bio-manipulation techniques, etc.).
High school diploma or GED and registered veterinary technician (RVT) and three years of relevant animal care experience and AALAS certification; OR two years of relevant animal care experience and successful completion of 64 hours of college level credit classes; OR two years of relevant animal care experience and associate's degree in a science-related field (Life Science, Animal Science, Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory Animal Medicine).
Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
Ability to have direct physical contact with multiple species of animals. Willing to participate in the Occupational Health Program for LARC employees, including receiving immunizations recommended by Occupational Health Services. Ability to participate in emergency on-call and/or after-hours call-back work when assigned. Computer use and basic familiarity of software programs for word-processing, data entry, creation of presentations, record-keeping, and emailing. Ability to follow instructions, communicating effectively with others in multiple formats, and managing multiple concurrent tasks with frequent interruptions. Ability to self schedule, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality. Ability to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team, contributing to a positive work environment. Ability to interact professionally with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and attitudes. Ability to train novice and experienced employees, including non-native English speakers. Ability to work in ABSL-1, -2, and -3 areas as well as work with chemical hazards (including strong of mental concentration). Ability to pay close attention to detail, perform accurate dosing calculations independently, perform quality record-keeping, use of good judgement, and decision making.
AALAS Level 2 Certification (LAT).
Working Conditions / Demands
Very heavy and strenuous work, often involving very heavy lifting (racks fo filled water bottles, 25 pound bags of feed/bedding), and pushing/pulling (animals up to 250 pounds), repetitive motions, bending, delicate operations (drawing blood, giving injections, surgical cutting). Standing up for prolonged periods of time, ability to work wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, ability and willingness to shower in or out of animal housing rooms.
Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Salary Plan: TE
Salary Grade: 07
Job Function: Research
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