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Animal Care Technician (Brock University)

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Post End Date:

Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed .

September 27, 2018



A day in the life...

Reporting to the Manager, Animal Care, the Animal Care Technician is accountable for day-to-day care and oversight of animals housed in university research facilities, and is responsible for ensuring that faculty, students and staff are compliant in their use of and treatment of animals involved in biomedical research or teaching. Working closely with veterinary staff, incumbents are responsible for the ethical care and treatment of research animals.


As the Animal Care Technician, you would...

  • Perform routine animal husbandry for all species, including specialty animals, while following established standard operating procedures and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Receive animals from supplier, perform initial health screening and notify PI (Principal Investigator) of their arrival.
  • Complete cage cards with the appropriate animal information.
  • Perform water sampling to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • Perform routine technical procedures ensuring strict adherence to established standard operating procedures, guidelines, and legislation.
  • Use a variety of facility equipment such as biological safety cabinets (BSCs), ventilated change tables; ventilated cage racks (VCRs); microscopes and centrifuges.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot equipment failures and report to supervisor.
  • Document and maintain breeding records for inspection and census information.
  • Maintain breeding colonies and keep records of activities, under the oversight of the veterinary staff.
  • Monitor supply levels and request orders as needed.
  • Provide animal care policy and procedure information to others through methods, such as training sessions, that facilitate the development of skills and knowledge on animal care/use compliance.
  • Develop training modules and resources for faculty, students, and staff.
  • Coordinate and deliver the animal use-training program, including evaluating participants and re-training as required.
  • Set up and collate materials for teaching including course packages, materials, and equipment.
  • Manage records pertaining to animal-use training program e.g. attendance, performance.
  • Manage distribution, collection and analysis of student surveys in courses that use live animals.
  • Provide technical assistance to researchers including surgical assistance, preparation, and post-surgical monitoring.
  • Perform minor surgeries and technical procedures including sampling, bleeding, injection and all procedures involving the use of anesthetics and related equipment.
  • Clean and wrap instruments for sterilization prior to surgery.
  • Feed and care for venomous reptiles.
  • Operate, maintain records and perform regular maintenance of table top autoclave, anaesthetic machines and other related facility equipment.
  • Calculate blood volume, drug dosages, and replacement fluid rates.
  • Monitor technical procedures, as performed by others using the facilities, for deviations from established Standard Operating Procedures SOPs.
  • Participate actively on the institutional Animal Care Committee (ACC).
  • Develop and modify facility SOPs to ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory and legislative elements.
  • Clean and sanitize housing, procedure and storage rooms up to demarcation for Brock University custodial responsibility.
  • Clean and sanitize cages, racks, and equipment using automated equipment provided.
  • Participate in health monitoring, which includes health assessments, quality assurance, treatment and post-approval monitoring of all animals, and report issues to veterinary staff.
  • Document treatment logs detailing historical and current treatment regimes for animals.
  • Observe health condition and behaviour of animals and report injuries, disease, or abnormal behaviour to supervisor or designated person.
  • Monitor endpoints and report issues to veterinary staff.
  • Document initial observations from gross pathology and provide reports to veterinary staff; May be required to make recommendations in the absence of veterinary staff regarding animal euthanasia in accordance with SOPs and protocols.
  • May be required to perform euthanasia in accordance with SOPs.


What you need to succeed...

  • Veterinary Technology Diploma (3yr) or Veterinary Technician Diploma (2yr) or equivalent.
  • Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) or commitment to complete within 2 years.
  • 2+ years of animal care work in a regulated research and/or teaching facility or related area.
  • Strong knowledge of regulations and national standards (CCAC, OMAFRA) relating to the care and use of animals in research and education.
  • Knowledge of institutional Animal Care Committee (ACC) responsibilities and procedures, as well as the role and value of animal use in biomedical research.
  • In-depth knowledge and principles of humane animal care/treatment procedures and practices needed to ensure animals are kept in good health.
  • Strong laboratory practices and sterile surgery technique.
  • In-depth understanding of research methodology and research design.
  • Strong understanding of the university research environment, particularly as it relates to ethics in research involving animals.
  • One year to become familiar with the yearly cycle of activities within the University.
  • Training on specialised equipment.
  • Safety certification as required by Brock University.
  • The ability to interact effectively with a diverse population at all levels.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Clear and open communication, consultation, collaboration and, where possible, consensus with all stakeholder groups both internal and external to the University.
  • Maintain a high degree of human relations skills for all interactions.
  • Ability to think outside the box.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines.
  • Strong judgement, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Determine possible solutions to situations which may arise.
  • Maintain highest level of accuracy and alertness for decisions made, information given, materials processed, particularly under strict deadlines.
  • Keep up-to-date with legislation, collective agreements, and internal policies, procedures and practices.
  • Occasional on-call duties on weekends and evenings.
  • Occasional work in field settings off campus.


Preferred or Asset Skills:

  • Understanding of University’s policies and procedural requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in a public sector or educational environment.
  • Certification in the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) as a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT).


Salary and Benefit Information

  • This position includes full benefits coverage and well as the tuition waiver.


Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise:


Jenny Korkes


Talent Acquisition Consultant




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