Animal Lab Specialist - Trainer

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.


Animal Care and Veterinary Services (ACVS) vision is to advance excellence in research through collaborative and innovative service, education, and animal welfare.


In conjunction with subject matter experts, the Animal Care Committee (ACC) and ACVS leaders, the Animal Lab Specialist will assist with the development and delivery of the animal user training program to animal-based scientists within Western’s research community, as per CCAC, CALAM ‘Standards of Veterinary Care’ and related institutional policies and procedures. The incumbents will act as the primary trainers for, and evaluators of, animal-users involved in hands-on workshops and competency assessments. The incumbents will act as primary liaisons between trainees, their Principal Investigators and other stakeholders for training program-related communications. The incumbents will maintain and distribute related records, bill for services, provide associated reports, and provide support for ACC site visits. The incumbents will maintain related resources, including animals, spaces, equipment and supplies, in alignment with regulatory and institutional policies and budgetary constraints.


The role will be shared and is affected by seasonal and situational demand fluctuations; therefore, the allocation of duties to each individual is based upon situational need. As with all positions within ACVS, this role requires the individual to consistently demonstrate sincere compassion for research animals, high adaptability, attention to detail, efficient multi-tasking, effective teamwork and communication skills, and discretion.



-   2 year Community College Diploma (Veterinary Technician)

-   Registered Veterinary Technician, Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians

-   CALAS Certification; Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) completed or in progress is preferred

-   Certified in First Aid preferred



-   4 years’ experience as a veterinary technician

-   6 months experience maintaining an online training platform

-   Experience as a veterinary technician in an academic research environment preferred

-   1 year of experience providing hands-on training in species-specific techniques on live research animals preferred

  Canada   Ontario   London

Company Name: Western University
Active from 5/8/2018 to 5/22/2018



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