The Animal Support Unit in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is currently seeking 2 Recurring Part-time Animal Husbandry Care Attendants.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide routine animal husbandry care for the animals housed within the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, Clinical Skills Building and other facilities that are part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Routine husbandry care consists primarily of feeding and watering animals, cleaning cages, minor technical procedures, administering of medications and general care of facilities. The position may be required to work with multiple species of animals, ranging from rodents to farm animals to wildlife.
Reporting to the Manager, Animal Support Unit.
Positions are located at the Spy Hill Campus.
This is a recurring part-time position working approximately 21 hours per week. Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
Following CCAC and University guidelines to ensure that animals are in a fed, clean, and safe state
Ensuring that facilities are clean and safe, and that faculty, students, staff, and other users are safe from physical or other harm caused by the teaching and research animals
Providing animal husbandry care for all species of laboratory animals used in research, which includes feeding, watering and changing cages following strict safety guidelines for prevention of exposure to disease
Monitoring and assessing general animal health, and reports problems to the AHT or Veterinarian
Providing basic treatment for animals under direction of the Veterinarian
Administering oral medications and assist with other basic treatment activities
Assisting in the development, preparation, and delivery of teaching activities and materials for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Providing custodial duties to maintain facility sanitation procedures
Responsible for operation and up-keep of equipment (e.g. laminar flow cabinets, ventilated caging systems, autoclave, bob cat, quad) under safety guidelines
Receiving and setting up incoming animals; responsible for shipping animals, supplies, or any other required materials to other locations as directed by the operations manager or other designated individuals
Record keeping for a variety of tasks including identification/tagging of new animals, weaning and recording of as well as unscheduled deaths
Working with chemicals safely and properly, e.g. dilutions, using appropriate containers and protective gear
Responsible for keeping skills up-to-date and taking courses that will assist in personal and professional development
Maintaining confidentiality and adhere to safety regulations at all times
Qualifications / Requirements:
Evidence of an ability to work with animals (coming from previous relevant training programs or previous work experience) is required
Past animal husbandry care experience in a research or other relevant scientific / institutional setting, and with a variety of species, is considered an asset. Relevant experience in a research / scientific / institutional setting includes veterinary clinics and university / research animal care facilities
Past animal husbandry care experience in non-research facilities may be considered in the absence of the above noted qualifications. These non-research facilities include SPCs, other animal care organization, zoos, and farm hand experience
The Animal Husbandry Care Attendant must be organized, responsible, and able to work independently
Demonstrated ability to function as a productive team member is also necessary
The position requires fluency in written and oral English, strong communication skills to facilitate interaction with facilities users, and good attention to detail to ensure standard operating procedures are followed
The Animal Husbandry Care Attendant must not have any known animal allergies that will interfere with their ability to perform the required tasks
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.
This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.
To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
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