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Animal Care Specialist

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 37.5

Level: O ($26-34 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience). 

Please note, this is a temporary full-time contract opportunity with an expected start date beginning of January, 2018 and end date of February 28, 2019 to cover a leave of absence.

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is the largest basic medical science department within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Our mission is to carry out world-class scientific research and evidence based teaching. We have award-winning teachers who are committed to delivering high-quality and innovative education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, our department has a strong focus on research excellence with faculty members recognized internationally for their achievements.

The Pruszynski lab undertakes research in the neural control of reaching and grasping in healthy humans, patients and monkeys. Using modern robotics and machine-learning tools, we aim to understand how neurons in various parts of the nervous system generate these complex functions and, in turn, use this basic knowledge to develop better treatments for recovering these functions after trauma and disease.


The Animal Care Specialist will support neurophysiological research on reaching and grasping in awake/behaving and anesthetized primates. The incumbent is responsible for laboratory maintenance/organization including ensuring accurate, daily record keeping; coordinating trainee schedules; managing financial accounts, animal use protocols and Health Canada exemptions; and ordering supplies. The Animal Care Specialist will also provide technical assistance and instruction to undergraduate and post-graduate students (e.g. laboratory procedures, experiment techniques).


- College Diploma in Veterinary Technology

-  4 years of veterinary technician experience, preferably in a research/laboratory environment with emphasis on anesthesia and surgical techniques on large animals
-  Experience with behavioral training of large animals, preferably non-human primates

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   Ability to support all aspects of surgery, including preparation of space and equipment, anesthesia, and recovery
-   Ability to implement treatment and medication according to veterinary direction
-   Demonstrated ability operating research equipment
-   Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated aptitude as a team player
-   Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-   Ability to schedule and prioritize multiple tasks
-   Ability to consistently utilize ergonomically sound processes in accordance with guidelines
-   Ability to foster collaboration and respect among team members
-   Ability and willingness to employ a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and making decisions
-   Ability to implement established protocols and procedures with high attention to detail
-   Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite

Union Statement

Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to all qualified UWOSA applicants.

Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants will be required to produce a current record police information record check from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Apply through and quote job number: 11674

How to apply
Apply through and quote job number: 11674

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged

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Company Name: Western University
Active from 12/6/2017 to 12/15/2017



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