Animal Care Technician II

Lake County, IL, US
Sep 14, 2018
Science/R&D, Zoology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Animal Care Technician II coordinates daily activities in the Vivarium and monitors the work progress on the floor. Acts as a Group Leader on weekends and holidays by coordinating daily activities in the Vivarium. Plays a lead role on specific projects or initiatives for the Comparative Medicine department. Provides exemplary animal care and adheres to all department and AbbVie regulatory expectations. Provides animal husbandry and oversight in support of the AbbVie drug discovery and development process.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Assists in the daily coordination of activities in the Vivarium. Provides weekend and holiday oversight on assigned weekends. Works well with others in a team environment with the ability to multi-task. Must be able to resolve minor conflicts fairly while building and maintaining trusted relationships.
  • Mentors and coaches peers in performance of assigned tasks. Assists in the orientation of new employees and the training of lesser experienced staff. Provides technical husbandry training to employees.
    Contributes to the development of the AAALAC program description.
  • Mastered the husbandry of all species housed and cared for in the AbbVie animal facilities governed by Lake County. Supports the daily operation of the animal facilities. Physically supports the receiving and quarantine housing of primates.
  • Demonstrates broad and versatile technical expertise with high level of proficiency in a cross-functional manner within discipline
    Supports facility operations through direct knowledge of and physical operation of physical plant equipment and automated functions, to include but not limited to: cagewash mechanics, animal watering systems, GLP verification, and chlorine injector.
  • Maintains the vivarium and support areas through proper execution of assigned tasks. Ensures daily activities involved with cleaning and spraying cages, disinfecting and sanitizing equipment, and stocking supplies are performed. Follows department procedures, to include but not be limited to: cage cleaning, room sanitation, equipment preparation and moving, and cage changes.
  • Maintains daily husbandry tasks through proper execution of training materials and assigned tasks. Ensures all animal handling, carrying and holding of animal cages and animals, using and moving carts, hoses or any other lab equipment and supplies is conducted per departmental policies and procedures.
  • Follows department procedures to provide comprehensive observation and handling of various research animals. Directly performs and oversees the receiving and housing of research animals; including preparing for the housing activity. Trains staff on proper receiving and housing practices.
  • Documents tasks proficiently in both written and electronic platforms in accordance with regulatory expectations. Documentation style must be neat, organized, and consistent with departmental standards. Assures duties are completed accurately and in a timely manner not to impact pipeline activities and/or integrity of regulatory expectations. Initiates work orders. Executes hydrogen peroxide cycles as necessary to support facility operations.
  • Maintains area of responsibility by practicing good observation skills and attention to detail. Physical dexterity, visual and auditory acuity, and sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions are utilized in daily task performance.
  • Uses experience and training to make decisions to execute daily responsibilities to support animal care operations. Applies computer skills to maintain regulatory compliance and training to include but not limited to, email, calendar, and computer based training modules. Assists in the development of departmental documentation and training materials. Creates and presents training materials as needed.

  • HS education and a minimum of two years' experience in an animal care facility or an Associate's Degree in a related field with one year of experience in an animal care facility.
  • AALAS certification at the LAT level or above.
  • Problem-solving ability consisting of taking initiative to handle issues autonomously and working with team members for more complex issues to support animal care operations. Looks to learn the processes of Supervisor while upholding high standards and being seen as an example setter for others.
  • Good communication skills with both internal staff and those external of the department. Ability to have tough conversations with internal personnel while maintaining efficiency in the workplace and an effective team environment.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 pounds, consistently stand and walk for extended periods of time, to include walking and adhering to safety rules and expectations including but not limited to: grasping, squeezing, pushing, pulling, squatting, stooping, and bending.
  • Willing and able to work a rotating schedule which includes some level of mandatory weekend coverage and holiday coverage. Must have excellent attendance.
  • Ability to work in compliance with all local, federal, GLP, FDA, AAALAC, and USDA regulations. Works effectively and efficiently in a GLP environment.
  • Attention to detail to provide good animal welfare.
  • Must be qualified to drive the flex company vehicle.

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