Assistant Vivarium Supervisor
Job ID: R0033336 | Animal Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Animal Caregiver 2 employees work closely with research animals and are responsible for maintaining and assessing their health. They provide moderately complex support for research labs or facilities and assist in routine research, writing and administrative work. They perform a variety of tests and set up equipment and materials for course instruction. Work is routine and assigned at the task level, under direct supervision, in consultation with veterinary staff. They are distinguished from Animal Caregiver 1 employees by more advanced knowledge of animal facility operations, lab animal husbandry, animal biosafety procedures and federal guidelines for use of animals in research. Caregiver 2 employees may perform the duties of Vivarium Supervisor as needed.
  • Perform all tasks of Animal Caregiver 1 employees, including inspection and maintenance of animals, disposal of carcasses, tracking and recording data, and keeping detailed records.
  • Oversee and monitor animal husbandry activities.
  • Ensure that daily activities are conducted according to biosafety procedures and that other staff are aware of requirements.
  • When required, administer experimental treatments to animals via gavage or injection.
  • May provide functional supervision in the absence of Vivarium Supervisor.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: One year of laboratory experience.
  • Licensure: Certification through American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

Physical Demands

Up to 25% of time:
Kneeling, squatting, bending, stooping, twisting, lifting above and below waist, light and moderate lifting up to 40 lbs., carrying, pushing and pulling, climbing ladders and stairs, and fine finger manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc.).

26%-50% of time:
Traveling and repetitive motion.

51%-75% of time:
Standing for sustained periods of time, use of both hands, independent use of either hand, and wrist movement (twisting or rotating).

Protective Clothing/Equipment
Disposable gloves, protective clothing, surgical mask and ear protection (including earplugs). Hearing protection is required when working with dogs, swine or in cage wash area.

Sensory Requirements
Vision (with and without corrective lenses), depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, near cision, hearing and speaking.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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