Job Requisition Number: 24060. The Office of Laboratory Animal Care is responsible for managing a centralized program of animal care and use on the UC Berkeley campus. The department consists of veterinary, administrative and animal husbandry personnel.
The Principal Animal Technician (PAT) reports directly to the Laboratory Animal Care Supervisor (LAS) The PAT performs all duties of the Senior Animal Technician (SAT) (refer to SAT position description), and serves as work leader for all SATs and primary backup to the LAS. The PAT assesses and determines appropriate staffing assignments in the absence of the LAS and directs daily operations of the facility. As work leader, the PAT trains animal care staff in the proper use of machinery and equipment, ensures that all SOPs and animal use protocols are being followed, ensures that proper protective clothing and safety gear are used when appropriate, coordinates animal transfers between facilities with the administrative office, and independently operates satellite facilities. Must have a valid California Drivers License.
QUALITY ASSURANCE/FACILITY MANAGEMENT •The PAT oversees all aspects of husbandry care, ensuring that daily procedures are being implemented as outlined in departmental SOPs. Quality control is maintained by inspections of the facility to determine that NIH, OSHA, USDA, and AWA guidelines and regulations are being met or exceeded. •Promptly reports deficiencies to the LAS and collaborates with him/ her to formulate a resolution. The PAT may be responsible for contacting Physical Plant or other appropriate campus personnel about equipment repair or replacement needs. •Keeps a written record of the repairs (log) and follows up with Physical Plant to ensure timely and efficient completion of each item reported. Tracks and monitors the use of all space throughout the facility (animal housing, procedural, service, and storage areas) and works with the LAS in assigning the space. •Oversees completion and timely submission of the Morning Health Report daily. •Monitors the health of research animals. •Performs all animal care duties as outlined in SAT performance description. •Carries out facility responsibilities as stated in SAT performance description.
PERSONNEL AND TRAINING •Schedules daily work assignments in designated areas and adjusts work schedules/assignments as needed. •Trains other employees under the direction of the LAS. •Promptly informs the LAS of the need for additional equipment, protective clothing, occupational health information, or training for personnel assigned to the facility. •Promptly informs the LAS of personnel problems (including situations that may require training, corrective or disciplinary action).
SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT •Routinely schedules maintenance of equipment to ensure that all machinery is kept in good working condition. •Maintains adequate levels of feed and bedding at all times and ensures that proper milling dates are indicated on packaging; stores and usage must be in accord with SOPs. •Submits orders for all feed, bedding, supplies and equipment as needed.
RECORD KEEPING •Oversees the maintenance and collection of a variety of records including data for recharge billing, information for regulatory agencies, animal health surveillance, equipment maintenance and repair logs, equipment inventory and individual animal records. •Assists in updating and changing SOPs as needed.
COMMUNICATION/LIAISON RESPONSIBILITIES •As the backup to the LAS, serves as liaison between investigators, research, and teaching staff to facilitate changes that will improve the quality of their research projects. •Carries out special assignments, as directed by the LAS and veterinary staff. •Liaisons with other departmental administrative and veterinary staff to train husbandry personnel on proper ordering procedures, census taking, animal handling, cage changing and cleaning, as well as paraveterinary procedures.•Applies specialized knowledge of animal husbandry procedures to ensure that research a •Extensive experience with recirculating water systems, including pumps, filters and the ability to trouble shoot and maintain these systems. Advanced Knowledge of frog and fish husbandry.nimals are being cared for in accordance with NIH, OSHA, USDA, and AWA guidelines and regulations. •Applies knowledge of individual facility SOPs to ensure that they are being properly implemented. •Applies knowledge of departmental and campus ordering procedures to ensure that adequate levels of feed, bedding and other husbandry supplies are maintained. •Advanced skills in animal handling. •Basic computer skills to work in Word, send and receive e-mail, go on-line to access resources. •Ability to communicate effectively in English verbally and in writing. •Ability to handle animals properly and be observant of their physical and behavioral conditions. •Ability to create, maintain and organize records. •Ability to lift and carry 20-50 pounds. •High School diploma or equivalent. •Four + years experience working with animals.
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