Animal Husbandry Attendant (PT), Animal Support Unit, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Company:
    University of Calgary
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Health Care

Job ID:16642Updated:October 11, 2018Location:Spy HillPosition OverviewTheAnimal Support Unitin theFaculty of Veterinary Medicineis currently seeking 2 Recurring Part-timeAnimal Husbandry Attendants .Reporting to the Manager Animal Support Unit (ASU), the recurring part-time Animal Husbandry Care Attendant provides routine husbandry care of the teaching and research animals housed at the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, the Clinical Skills Building, and at other facilities that are part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (e.g. Wildlife Research Station).This recurring part-time position will work an irregular schedule (i.e.: weekdays, weekends, statutory holidays, and leave coverage) and hours (i.e.: minimum shifts of 3 hours per day but can be up to 7hours per day). Work shifts can be at the Veterinary Sciences Research Centre Clinical Skills Building, or Wildlife Research Centre, and attendance or participation in events at the Foothills Campus may be required as part of the job.Animal husbandry care must be in compliance with University Animal Welfare Committee and Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) standards. Failure to do so could impact animal husbandry care and research outcomes.Position DescriptionSummary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):Follow CCAC and University guidelines to ensure that animals are in a fed, clean, and safe stateUse judgment when monitoring changes in animal behaviour and when seeking problem-solving assistanceRefer matters to the AHT or Veterinarian when appropriateEnsure 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 animalsProvide 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 diseaseMonitor and assess general animal health, and reports problems to the AHT or VeterinarianProvide basic treatment for animals under direction of the VeterinarianAdminister oral medications and assist with other basic treatment activities when neededAssist in the development, preparation, and delivery of teaching activities and materials for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Faculty of Veterinary MedicineProvide custodial duties to maintain facility sanitation proceduresInteract with facility users in a pleasant and respectful mannerEnsure at all times that work complies with animal, facility and good laboratory standardsKeep supervisor informed of activities and seeks problem solving assistance where required, as well as bringing forward suggestions for more efficient operation of the facilityResponsible for operation and up-keep of equipment (e.g. laminar flow cabinets, ventilated caging systems, autoclave, bob cat, quad) under safety guidelinesReceive and set up incoming animals; responsible for shipping animals, supplies, or any other required materials to other locations as directed by the operations manager or designated individualsAssist with ordering and maintenance of animals, and other supplies required for the facility Record keeping is required for a variety of tasks including identification/tagging of new animals, weaning and recording of as well as unscheduled deathsWork with chemicals safely and properly, e.g. dilutions, using appropriate containers and protective gearResponsible for keeping skills up-to-date and taking courses that will assist in personal and professional developmentEnsure supplies are kept stocked in a timely manner to ensure continuous availabilityMaintain confidentiality and adhere to safety regulations at all timesQualifications / Requirements:Evidence of an ability to work with animals (coming from previous relevant training programs or previous work experience) is requiredPast 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 facilitiesPast 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 experienceThe Animal Husbandry Care Attendant must be organized, responsible, and able to work independentlyDemonstrated ability to function as a productive team member is also necessaryThe 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 followedThe Animal Husbandry Care Attendant must not have any known animal allergies that will interfere with their ability to perform the required tasksApplication Deadline:October 25, 2018We 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. Additional InformationThis position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under theTechnical  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 ourManagement and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visitCareers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. About the University of CalgaryThe University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.