Reporting to the Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) Coordinator, the Senior RLAT is responsible for knowledge of husbandry for mammalian species and for applying that knowledge to facilitate research and to provide or supervise the provision of daily operational support of research animals at the University of Victoria’s Animal Care Units.
The Senior RLAT works collaboratively to clarify research needs and to provide service, assistance and training related to operational support. The Senior RLAT contributes to efficient operations by developing, implementing and revising standard operating procedures related to operational support; through the supervision of unit staff; and through effective collaboration and teamwork.
Recognizing the inherent sensitivities around research with animals, ACS team members are expected to uphold the highest standards as they relate to ethical research and confidentiality. As a senior member of ACS staff, this position represents the department and demonstrates a high standard of professionalism at all times as a reflection of our overall mission.
To effectively support operational requirements, these positions are required to work a modified schedule and are tertiary call-out contacts in the event of urgent animal health and welfare. Requiring willingness and ability to be flexible in working evenings/weekends.
These positions work in a lab environment where there is a hazard of Laboratory Animal Allergy. There are mandatory requirements in place to minimize/ eliminate the hazard, such as enrolment in the UVic Allergy Awareness program (requiring baseline and annual pulmonary function tests); adherence to WorkSafeBC requirements (including the appropriate use of and to be clean-shaven while wearing a respirator).
While the Senior RLAT is expected to work with both mammalian and aquatic species based on departmental requirements, this role is required to hold a specialization in Mammalian Operational Support. This area involves an in-depth knowledge in the housing systems and small to medium-scale operational support equipment for rodents and rabbits. As such, breadth and depth of knowledge of housing and containment systems, ancillary equipment (e.g. personal protective equipment, pump sprayers, foggers/misters, trolleys/carts, shelving, scales, transfer stations, etc.), quality control equipment and procedures & operational efficiencies appropriate for rodents and rabbits is mandatory.
As these are hands-on roles working with both aquatic and mammalian animals, the Senior RLAT is required to maintain no known allergies to rodents or rabbits.
An undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology) with a minimum of three years closely related experience, including experience working in a regulatory environment with standard operating procedures (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).
- RLAT certification with the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) within one year of hire. Maintaining certification status is mandatory.
- Demonstrated strong leadership/supervisory, organizational, and client-focused service skills.
- Superior communication and time management skills.
- Proficiency with information/communication technologies (web searches/email/word processing/spreadsheets).
- Discretion, discernment and confidentiality.
Preference may be given to applicants holding advanced relevant training and/or experience working in a post-secondary or research environment.
Specialized qualifications (Mammalian):
- 5 years’ training/education/experience in all aspects of rodent and rabbit husbandry and housing systems.
- A minimum of 3 years of hands-on husbandry experience with barrier or modified barrier housing for rodent and rabbit species, including quarantine and isolation systems.
- Formalized advanced training in laboratory animal science/medicine (e.g. RMLAT, AHT) is an advantage.
- Demonstrated mechanical aptitude through employment or education experience is considered an advantage.
- Experience or formalized training in project management is considered an advantage.