Central Michigan University LAB ANIMAL HUSBANDRY TECHNICIAN in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Position Information

Position Summary

The Lab Animal Husbandry Technician works under the supervision of the Vivarium Manager to ensure the highest standards of humane animal care and use; essential in the pursuit and achievement of scientific and educational excellence. This position encompasses multiple tasks and areas of the vivarium. Reviews and complies with all policies pertaining to the animal care program. Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with Public Health Service (PHS), USDA, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and other policies, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,” and other applicable regulations and policies, signage and facility standard operating procedures (SOP’S).

Required Qualifications

Associate’s degree or certification in veterinary technology. Four years of experience in a lab animal research vivarium, or closely related environment. AALAS certification at the LAT level. Licensed Vet Tech from an accredited program or eligibility to become licensed. Strong skills in Microsoft Office, (Word, Excel, Outlook), databases and data collection systems. Good written and verbal skills. Knowledge of vivarium equipment and supplies as well as familiarity with the working and supplies used in animal vivarium. Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays as necessary. Ability to frequently lift between 25-75 lbs. Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment which may include multiple types of respirators. Required to pass the Occupational Risk and Assessment evaluation prior to starting in the position. Experience in animal use in a research and teaching environment and methodologies. Working knowledge of the care, handling, and treatment of research and teaching animals. Experience with various animal species. Knowledge and experience in performing technical and clinical techniques and various procedures. Ability to assist with instructing, guiding and training students on a daily basis. Ability to work with research animals which may result in potential exposure to pathogens, allergens, dust, dander, odors, chemicals. Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. AALAS certification at the LATG level. Five years of experience working in a lab animal vivarium environment. Experience working with laboratory rodents. Experience in managing rodent breeding colonies. Experience assisting with training. Data visualization experience.

Duties & Responsibilities

Provides skilled care of research animals in barrier-sustained areas, biohazard, quarantine and isolation areas. Performs animal husbandry and animal handling activities including but not limited to: observation, feeding, watering, sanitizing, cleaning, disinfecting, cage changes, cage washing, cage and accessory assembly and sanitation, facility disinfection, autoclaving procedures and monitoring consistent with facility SOPs, State, Federal and University regulations. Reports facility malfunctions and deficiencies to the vivarium manager. Maintains and records animal care and animal room information. Assists with rodent breeding colony maintenance. Monitors the health and well-being of the animals, recognizes deviations from normal health status and communicates animal conditions to appropriate staff. Assists with minor veterinary procedures and performs treatments, administers medications, health examinations of sick animals as requested by the vet team, animal handling and restraint, blood and other tissue sample collections, injections, etc. Maintains animals that require specialized care including quarantine. Performs various methods of animal identification. Assists with setup, receiving and housing of incoming animals, creating initial records utilizing approved procedures. Performs euthanasia as directed utilizing approved methods and waste disposal. Routine Ancillary room maintenance. Assists with health surveillance, environmental monitoring, caging and facility sanitation programs. Assists and/or performs documentation, data collection and record keeping of the animals, housing parameters, standard environmental and equipment requirements, as well as monitors and reports deviations to the vivarium manager. Assists with supervisory and management responsibilities. Assists with review, writing and revising of facility SOP’s. Assists with clerical duties, record keeping/documentation including written and computerized records. Operates various types of equipment, cage washer, bottle washer, autoclave, disinfecting equipment, ventilated caging, etc.; reports deficiencies as required. Operates equipment and uses supplies following safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures; complies with safety policies and procedures and safety data sheet (SDS) guidelines. Participates and assists in the overall function of the facility which may include scheduling, training and study team support, housekeeping, stocking and inventory of supplies and laundry. Other duties as assigned.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters.

About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

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Position Number: 76360

Type of Recruitment: External


Supervision Exercised: None.

Employee Group: Supervisory Technical

_Staff Pay Level


Pay Range: $15.57-$24.53

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: Research & Graduate Studies

Position Status: Regular

Employment Status: Full-Time

FTE: 1.0

Position Type: 12 month

Weekly Work Schedule: M-F, 8a-5p; evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed

At Will?: No

Location: Mount Pleasant, MI

Posting Begins: 09/04/2018

Open Until Filled: Yes