LABORATORY ANIMAL TECHNICIAN
Laboratory Animal Technician. The Lab Animal Technician (LAT) will carry out routine animal care activities, keep records such as noting general signs of health, fecal and urinary output, food intake, receiving, and room logs and perform other duties of an equal or lesser nature. The LAT will also work under isolation conditions using specialized caging units such as microisolation cages, Thoren units, ventilated cage racks, etc. And using room isolation units such as flexible film or rigid isolators, biobubbles, or restricted access barriers while adhering to aseptic techniques and disease prevention principles. Assemble, clean, use and pack transfer carts. May be required to assist with administering routine treatments. Maintain colonies of animals, may be assigned to perform components of the process of breeding and developing breeding colonies (e.g. make and record animal observations, offer special feedings, assist with weaning), and may be required to perform data collection. Must be able to discuss animal related projects with investigators and reports these discussions to his or her supervisor. The LAT will routinely perform the work described in Veterinary Sciences departmental Standard Operating Procedures including but not limited to: weigh, sort, and examine animals for obvious physical defects, identification; sex; house animals in proper locations, quarantine and isolation; assist with the collection of clinical samples (e.g. blood, feces and urine) with fecal analysis, which may require the use of syringes, needles or other appropriate collection devices under supervisory direction. Devote more than average attention to observing the animals, recognize abnormal symptoms and behavior and report problems to his or her supervisor. Prepare food and feed the animals correct portions according to specifications. Monitor and record environmental conditions and changes as required, and change air filters related to laboratory animal equipment and facilities, as necessary. Use facility security systems, and evaluate watering and environmental monitoring equipment as required. Clean and sterilize animal cages, feeders, bottles and other equipment using autoclaves and other sanitization equipment, and assist in planning workflow priorities and staging of materials. Clean animal rooms and maintain general cleanliness of the animal quarters and ancillary spaces. May be required to perform minor assembly of equipment, lubricate equipment and make minor adjustments and repairs to cages and other equipment, as needed, using hand tools if required. Record the readings of machine function indicators such as temperature tapes, autoclave test ampoules etc. feed better Receive and store feed, bedding and other supplies. Keep storage and animal areas stocked, as needed. Handle and restrain animals using appropriate techniques and assist others in restraint and handling as required. Assist with procedures, for example, provide health care by administering routine clinical treatments, including animal grooming, cutting teeth and nails, and euthanatizing animals using appropriate techniques, and administering injections related to the clinical care of animals, and injections for tuberculin tests, as directed by supervisory staff. Provide exercise and/or environmental enrichment for various species. Assist in or demonstrate proper work procedures to trainees and other personnel as requested. Follow good laboratory practice and good housekeeping procedures, in accordance with established departmental Standard Operating Procedures, health, safety, and environmental policies.