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Supervisor of Animal Resources

Midwestern University Glendale, AZ Full-Time
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Summary

The Supervisor of Animal Resources is responsible for the supervision of the care and maintenance of the small Animal Research Facilities. Some direction in job responsibilities may also be provided by the campus veterinarian. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Animal Resources.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining animal resources in accordance with current federal, state and local regulations pertaining to laboratory animals;
  • Updating knowledge on current federal, state and local regulations and where to obtain additional or current regulatory information;
  • Observing or detecting alterations in animal room environment including temperature, air exchange and light cycles;
  • Recognizing common signs of clinical illness in laboratory animals;
  • Assist Animal Resources Technicians and Senior Animal Resources Technicians in daily husbandry care of laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner using equipment under established procedures;
  • Ordering animals, animal food, bedding, and supplies as needed.
  • Handling, restraining and determining the sex of all common laboratory animals;
  • Gathering monthly census information for ORSP, & business services office.
  • Obtaining blood sampling & other sampling for bi-annual sentinel testing, or for investigators as needed
  • Assisting with various methods of animal identification and maintenance of accurate records;
  • Observing and reporting irregularities in laboratory animals such as variation in dietary habits, abnormal stool or urine specimens, unusual behaviors and deaths;
  • Providing general technical assistance for investigators, technicians, students as needed;
  • Providing routine treatments as instructed including procedures such as ear mite medication and clipping of overgrown teeth;
  • Maintaining personal hygiene and various sanitation procedures;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervise full time Animal Care Technicians & Senior Animal Care Technicians


Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Training will be provided, however a strong understanding of computers is required. Part of the position requires learning some of the unique process that both the AZ and IL campuses have in place.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree required. 5-7 years’ experience in professional animal care setting with small animal handling experience and ALAT (Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician) certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) required. LAT (Laboratory Animal Technician) highly desired. LATG (Laboratory Animal Technologist) certification a plus. One year of experience leading or mentoring a team. Good written and oral communications required.


Computer Skills

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).


Language Skills

Basic skills: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Reasoning Ability

Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Mathematical Ability

 Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to work with animals.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

  • Maintaining animal resources in accordance with current federal, state and local regulations pertaining to laboratory animals;
  • Updating knowledge on current federal, state and local regulations and where to obtain additional or current regulatory information;
  • Observing or detecting alterations in animal room environment including temperature, air exchange and light cycles;
  • Recognizing common signs of clinical illness in laboratory animals;
  • Assist Animal Resources Technicians and Senior Animal Resources Technicians in daily husbandry care of laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner using equipment under established procedures;
  • Ordering animals, animal food, bedding, and supplies as needed.
  • Handling, restraining and determining the sex of all common laboratory animals;
  • Gathering monthly census information for ORSP, & business services office.
  • Obtaining blood sampling & other sampling for bi-annual sentinel testing, or for investigators as needed
  • Assisting with various methods of animal identification and maintenance of accurate records;
  • Observing and reporting irregularities in laboratory animals such as variation in dietary habits, abnormal stool or urine specimens, unusual behaviors and deaths;
  • Providing general technical assistance for investigators, technicians, students as needed;
  • Providing routine treatments as instructed including procedures such as ear mite medication and clipping of overgrown teeth;
  • Maintaining personal hygiene and various sanitation procedures;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Recommended skills

Communication
Research
Animal Resources
Training
Mentorship
Coaching And Mentoring
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