Under the direction of the Animal Technical Services (ATS) Manager, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the department. Responsible for carrying out the duties outlined in the daily schedule. Occasionally responsible for ATS Manager’s duties. Works closely with the Attending Veterinarian (AV), scientific and animal facility staff. Maintains and upholds a professional work ethic.
Reports to the Manager of Animal Technical Services. At times, may receive additional direction from the Attending Veterinarian.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Performs animal health related duties. Monitors health of animals and examines animals. Discusses diagnosis and treatments with veterinarian and research staff and administers medications and treatments as directed by the AV. Maintains records of observations and treatments on Clinical Service Reports and in ATS database. 2. Participates in the execution of the testing for the animal diagnostic and environmental quality control laboratory and other special projects and experiments. Performs a variety of specialized technical tasks according to established methodology in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, histology, microbiology, immunology and molecular biology. 3. Performs surgeries and other mouse procedures for the department. 4. Provides technical support for research projects for other departments/labs. Participates in projects and experiments, performs experimental and surgical procedures. Participates in modification of protocols. 5. Participates in or carries out necropsy procedures. Collects specimens and processes samples as necessary. Maintains appropriate records. 6. Updates and maintains standard operating procedures. Compiles and reviews data/reports. Maintains records and prepares reports. Prepares invoices for various services charged to clients. 7. Acts as resource person. Instructs/trains others on procedures and operation of equipment. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques. 8. Participates in the orientation and training of research personnel. Evaluates the competency of trained individuals, validates training on appropriate records 9. Ensures sufficient inventory and purchase of animal care supplies, equipment and materials. Maintains laboratory equipment, performs minor repairs and arranges for service and major repairs. 10. Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment within the lab. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials and chemicals used in the lab. 11. Performs other duties as needed/directed by department and/or Institute management. 12. Provides back up to the ATS Manager as needed.
Originally founded in 1884 as a tuberculosis treatment and research facility, the Trudeau Institute today is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research organization, whose scientific mission is to make breakthrough discoveries leading to improved human health.