Brief Position Summary: Oversees the operations of the Middlebury College's AAALAC-accredited Laboratory Animal Facility under the guidance and direction of the attending veterinarian, ensuring that vertebrate, invertebrate, and marine animals receive care in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and experimental protocols and that appropriate support services for investigators are furnished.
Oversees Middleburys animal care programs, ensuring that laboratory animals receive proper care, that the requirements of approved protocols are fully met, that staffing levels are appropriate, and that the animal facility and satellite animal laboratories are maintained and operated in compliance with federal regulations and institutional requirements.
Serves as supervisor and team leader of animal care staff, providing technical guidance, confirming quality of work, and approving timesheets.
Hires animal care staff and conducts annual performance reviews.
Consults and works with the attending veterinarian to ensure that animals are provided appropriate care according to their individual requirements and that proper environmental conditions are met.
Maintains required facility records and data, including health records, animal census and husbandry data, and drugs inventory.
Coordinates the ordering and receiving of animals, ensuring that animals meet all applicable requirements, approved numbers are not exceeded, and animals arrive in time for class or research use. Confirms health status of received animals.
Ensures that animal surgeries and related procedures are carried out in accordance with applicable veterinary standards, including those related to asepsis, anesthesia, and post-surgical monitoring.
Monitors experiments and experimental environments to ensure that protocols are being followed and that required conditions are being met. Programs room light cycles and temperature settings.
Diagnoses and evaluates animal health issues and concerns, based on daily observation of animals and on reports received from investigators and staff; performs Middlebury Colleges Sentinel Health Program.
Performs quality assurance testing and monitoring for systems and equipment, including but not limited to cage washer and autoclave operation, sanitization efficacy, water quality, medication and chemical expiry dates, and evaluation of vendor statistics on animals to be ordered.
Works with other animal care staff in performing daily care of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and carrying out related activities in the animal facility.
Assists faculty and students in performing animal procedures, including, but not limited to, surgeries, pre- and post-operative care, drug administration, injections, and euthanasia.
Conducts training for faculty, staff, and students on animal care issues, including how to recognize and interpret signs of distress or disease.
Meets regularly with Director to discuss facility issues and operational policies and procedures; makes recommendations regarding equipment purchases, budget allotments, and proposed changes to operations.
Participates in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee meetings, program reviews, and facility inspections.
Euthanizes animals according to approved protocols and transports them for cremation.
Arranges transportation of animals to campus laboratories and outside facilities, in accordance with applicable regulations and requirements.
Seeks to improve knowledge and skills by attending seminars and meetings on animal care and welfare, and by undertaking other continuing education activities.
Performs other related duties as may be required.
Education: Bachelors degree in biology, animal science, or a related field. Post-graduate study in animal medicine or the equivalent in work experience preferred. Must be AALASRLATG certified or eligible.
Knowledge: Must have working knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and with principles and techniques in laboratory animal husbandry and the diagnosis and evaluation of animal health issues. Must be able to work with MS Access and Office. Must be detailed oriented, reliable and able to work independently, with an ability to adapt to fast paced, changing environment. . Must be willing and able to work with other staff, students, faculty and administrators. Must have general affinity and respect for animals and their welfare. Overtime, holiday and weekend work may be required.
Experience: At least 8 years experience in a laboratory animal facility directly working with animals is required.
Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening: Criminal Background Check
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants: During the application process, you will be required to upload a Cover letter, Resume, and AALAS or RLATG certification or eligibility of certification.
Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Middlebury is committed to hiring a diverse staff and faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.
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