Auxiliary Research Asst/Tech 3

Job Summary

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) in Animal Care Services, located at the Centre for Comparative Medicine (CCM), are responsible for directly supporting the animal-based research community associated with the University of British Columbia by providing a high level of surgical and technical skills and related project support working closely with the Clinical Veterinarians and the CCM Animal Care Team.  CCM is a rapidly growing and dynamic environment in which staff partner with researchers from both academia and industry. Research conducted at CCM encompasses a broad range of topics from furthering our understanding of basic medical sciences, to enhancing our abilities to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease in human and non-human animals. The work environment is technically complex with the use of computerized large animal anesthesia machines, diagnostic laboratory equipment, and digital environmental monitoring tools. Work schedules can include weekends and holidays. The individual must be able to lift up to 25 kgs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning. Orientation and training will be provided on the job.





Work Performed

Provide consistent, high quality and compassionate care to all animals. Perform veterinary procedures on laboratory and other research animals without assistance or supervision to include, but not limited to: administration of medications or other substances by injection, orally, or topically; preparing surgical rooms including preparing instruments, supplies, and the animal; anesthetizing and anesthetic monitoring; surgical and imaging modalities assistance; performing postoperative care; euthanasia; collection of biosamples; calculation and administration of multimodal continuous rate infusions; creating medical entries in records (to include GLP); conduct health checks; handle and restrain animals; perform husbandry duties; and surgical suite maintenance. Responsible for daily inspection, observation, and treatment of unusual or unexpected conditions that arise in the course of protocol adherence, including those requiring immediate action and notification to CCM Clinical Veterinarian and/or investigators. Responsible for providing basic husbandry, handling, and restraint for large animal species, including non-human primates*, on a daily basis. Duties include health, behavior and welfare surveillance of laboratory animals; along with continuous awareness of current species-specific welfare issues, such as common signs of illness, pain, trauma or depression, in accordance with Canadian Council of Animal Care guidelines. Other duties include: animal handling, inventory and record keeping; maintaining breeding colonies of various animals (breeding, feeding, weaning, and keeping records of activities); performing rounds to observe and check the physical health and well-being of laboratory animals; preparing health reports, isolating infected or ill animals and reporting to veterinarian, and general housekeeping and maintenance of facility and equipment. Troubleshoot complex equipment and systems problems. Evaluate and maintain an extensive inventory of supplies and equipment necessary for surgical procedures in a variety of animal species. The inventory includes narcotics and controlled drugs, sutures, surgical instruments and linens (sterile and unsterile), anesthesia monitoring and surgical equipment. Monitor the physical, behavioral and environmental requirements of individual species, particularly the non-human primates. Be aware of natural, normal behaviour as well as behavioural differences (such as aggressiveness and anxiety) and work with the animals to encourage cooperation within a framework of respect, using techniques such as clickers for training. Implement and maintain species specific environmental enrichment programs to promote the psychological well-being of the animals. Evaluate and maintain an extensive inventory of food and supplies necessary for a variety of animal species. Assist in ensuring the facility complies with all applicable regulations, guidelines, and standards that relate to animal care in accordance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), and The Criminal Code of Canada Section 446 and 447 of the Criminal Code which protects animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Receive and pack live animal shipments. Package, label, and process biological, biochemical, radioactive and hazardous materials out of the facility. Follow all safety standards, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies. Assist CCM research staff and users with animal care procedures and techniques. Recommend revisions to existing policies and procedures to the Assistant Supervisor. Participate in the delivery of training programs in laboratory animal science to the research community at UBC, as well as lower mainland biotechnology industry partners and ACS staff. Treat confidentially all information related to research projects, personnel, and locations, and agrees not to disclose any such information to any person except as may be necessary in the proper discharge of work obligations. Keep abreast of developments in the area of expertise, participating in continuing education programs and maintains necessary certifications. Participate as an active member on the CCM Safety Committee. Perform other related tasks as required. * Non-human primates are highly susceptible to human diseases, such as influenza, measles and tuberculosis. Personnel working with primates must be TB tested prior to working with non-human primates and re-tested annually. All personnel working with non-human primates must provide proof of annual TB testing and be enrolled in the Medical Surveillance Program.








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Company Name: University of British Columbia - Center for Comparative Medicine
Active from 9/12/2017 to 9/24/2017




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