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Laboratory Animal Tech I, II, III

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Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Laboratory Animal Tech I, II, III
Department Center for Comparative Medicine & Research
Position Number 1000387
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Position Purpose

To provide specific care to laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner in accordance with clearly defined direction and established federal, state, and local regulations, guidelines and policies on the use of laboratory animals in the conduct of biomedical research and to provide support for the research investigations.

Skills & Knowledge

Laboratory Animal Tech I, II, III

  • Must be in good physical condition and capable of lifting and carrying equipment or feed packages weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Strong ability to work in a fast-paced environment efficiently.
  • Ability to work weekend and holiday schedules.
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.

Laboratory Animal Tech II

  • Ability to apply procedures for the care and handling of laboratory animals.

Laboratory Animal Tech III

  • Ability to instruct and mentor other technicians.
Minimum Experience

Laboratory Animal Tech I

  • No previous experience required.

Laboratory Animal Tech II

  • One year of relevant animal care or relevant experience.

Laboratory Animal Tech III

  • Two years of relevant animal care experience.
  • Compliance and training experience preferred
Minimum Education

Laboratory Animal Tech I

  • High School diploma or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Laboratory Animal Tech II

  • High school graduate or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Successful completion of the AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification preferred.

Laboratory Animal Tech III

  • High school graduate or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Successful completion of the of the LAT certification exams by the AALAS.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Non-Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Alicea Bursey, Department Manager
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Note: This is a developmental position, involving intensive training and increased responsibility as the individual becomes proficient in the work. Upon completion of the training and when management determines full performance has been met, the incumbent may be promoted not-competitively to the next level in the ladder.

Animal Care
Handles and cares for a variety of animals on a daily basis.
Observes and maintains an awareness of the physical needs of the animals and of their condition.
Reports changes in animal condition to the veterinary staff.
Communicates with the principal investigators and their technical staff concerning the status of their research animals.

Laboratory II and III
May administer medications under the direction of a CCMR veterinarian.
Euthanizes animals as needed.
Performs routine procedures such as nail clipping, teeth clipping, blood collection, etc. on all common laboratory animals without injuring the animals or endangering themselves or others.
Achieves competence in caring for and handling a variety of animal species housed in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Research.

Facility/Habitat Maintenance
Cleans cages, utilizing washers other mechanical equipment.
Prepares and maintains caging and equipment for animal care.
Maintains the sanitary condition of the animals and their environment.
Prepares chemicals as needed including mixing appropriate dilutions for different situations.
Decontaminates areas as needed.
Performs light maintenance of the facilities such as replacement of bulbs, preventative maintenance of washers, emptying wastebaskets, and floor cleaning.
Performs regular filter changes to keep the bedding disposal station working properly.
Maintains equipment maintenance logs.
Washes scrubs and other laundry.
Follows the appropriate traffic pattern to minimize transmission of microorganisms of concern in the facilities.
Follows appropriate procedures to dispose of animal carcasses on an as needed basis. This includes performing procedures to save identified carcasses.
Monitors and stocks various supplies within the facilities.
Follows all SOP’s related to all areas of responsibility.

Environmental Control
Observes and records the condition of an animal’s environment, including temperature, air exchange, and light cycle.
Applies an understanding of the problem(s) created in an animal population by lack of any or all of the environmental factors.
Wears appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce noise exposure, or exposure to allergens as necessary.

Research Support – Laboratory II and III only

  • May provide general technical assistance in support of the research team.
  • Maintains rodent breeding colonies to include setting up breeding pairs, weaning, and record keeping.
  • Administers medications to laboratory animals under the direction of the veterinarian.
  • May perform routine technical laboratory procedures and assists with surgical procedures.

Administrative

  • Maintains proper medical records and inventory records on individual animals.
  • Maintains necessary documentation such as, payroll time sheets, departmental time logs, animal husbandry logs, clinical incident forms, and room supply inventory need sheets.
  • Monitors inventories of consumable supplies ensuring appropriate rotation and inventory of non-consumable equipment.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with the agreed upon team expectations of CCMR leadership and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with all members of a diverse community. Fosters inclusiveness and diversity.
  • Participates in in-house training programs.
  • Laboratory II and III only – May serve as a lead at a facility and/or on weekends.
-- Performs other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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