Animal Care Technician II

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 8, 2021
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Animal Care Technician II

Job Description:

Responsible for carrying out the Animal Care Services' (ACS) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules, regulations and professional standards. Provides more complex animal husbandry to a variety of species being used for biomedical research. This includes housing animals, cleaning cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals and restraining animals. Completes more complex animal caretaking duties and begins to specialize in the care of individual species. Follows established procedures to minimize contamination and insure optimum results for researchers. Observes animals; recognizes and report early manifestations of disease such as labored breathing, lethargy, sores, and dehydration. Restrains animals for examination for injection; collects urine and/or fecal samples as directed by veterinary staff. Collects specimens for clinical analysis and obtains vital signs as directed by veterinary staff. Collects specimens for clinical analysis and obtains vital signs as directed by veterinary staff. Monitors health status of postsurgical and experimental animals. May provide assistance to researchers.

When performing husbandry duties, observes and reports animals for signs of illness, injury, and physical or behavioral changes. Under supervision, performs euthanasia using carbon dioxide with approved alternate secondary method. Observes, documents, and reports changes in environmental parameters outside acceptable ranges, e.g. temperature, humidity, lighting, etc. Restrains and handles animals for treatment. Sanitizes equipment and animal holding facilities. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the "NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Maintains supply stock in all assigned rooms for daily use of investigative staff. When assigned to cage wash duties will perform routine duties associated with cage sanitation and preparation for reuse in a research setting including cage maintenance, monitoring equipment for proper functioning and maintaining sanitary conditions. Operates washers and ensures that cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order by cleaning, and preventative maintenance. Will perform routine start-up and shut down procedures of cage wash operations. Operates autoclave to sterilize or decontaminate caging equipment. Will assist in receiving and rotating feed and supplies. Transports caging supplies between animal rooms and cage wash rooms. Will sanitize cage washing rooms and other support areas, such as hallways and storage rooms.

Will provide guidance, instruction and direction to ACT1 staff following directives provided by facility supervisor/manager. Will be part of the training program for all new staff and provide input and updates to facility manager.

Will be required to keep up to date on SOP’s in Policy Manger and input time worked on PeopleSoft using facility computers during normal working hours. Ensure that Leave Request Forms, OT forms, Weekend Forms are submitted timely to area supervisor/manager. In absence of area manager may lead assigned personnel, assist in supervisor daily room checks, provide facility tours, animal order approval and supply ordering. Will assume these responsibilities in the absence of the area manager under the directions of an alternate operations manager or the AD of operations

Other duties as assigned.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and one year of relevant experience; or certification as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Maintains a valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer HS degree or higher with at least 3 years’ experience with research animal care at a research institution or other appropriate environment. AALAS LAT certification at time of hire or within 12 months of hire.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references.

A criminal background check is required.

This is not a remote work position, and it is located on the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville, FL.

This is a time-limited position.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Technician certification within 18 months of hire.

Health Assessment Required:Yes