This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.
The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.
Under general supervision, oversees and coordinates the care and preparation of laboratory animals used in academic and/or medical research. Oversees animal husbandry operations and facilities in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. Supervises the day-to-day activities of one or more qualified Lab Animal Techs, and trains others in the proper care, treatment, and use of animals in research.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees, coordinates, and performs all aspects of basic husbandry and routine veterinary care for various animal species, in accordance with university policies and procedures, and local, state, and federal regulations.
Oversees the daily operations of the facility, to include environmental control, equipment troubleshooting and control, and consultation on space and equipment usage.
Oversees the maintenance of breeding colonies as appropriate, ensuring correct animal identification, proper breeding techniques, sterile handling, and accurate recordkeeping.
Administers medications and treatments to animals under the direction of a veterinarian, and prepares animals for euthanasia as required in accordance with specified protocols, procedures, and standards.
Collects tissue and blood samples for research analysis.
Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
Trains and instructs graduate and/or undergraduate students in appropriate animal laboratory techniques and animal care procedures.
Assists in the annual budget planning process and regularly monitors expenditures.
Develops confidentiality recordkeeping procedures and manages appropriate department records in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and standards.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
High school diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to animal husbandry.
Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
Records maintenance skills.
Knowledge and understanding of proper animal husbandry and routine veterinary care procedures for a range of laboratory animal species.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to organize and coordinate the day-to-day operations of a laboratory research animal care facility.
Knowledge of laboratory animal identification procedures and techniques.
Knowledge of lab animal breeding techniques and sterile handling procedures.
Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Ability to administer medications and treatments to laboratory animals according to prescribed protocol.
Ability to extract, collect, and process animal tissue and blood samples.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Employee development and performance management skills.
Knowledge of sterile procedures.
Knowledge of data collection techniques.
Skill in presenting technical training and instruction to students
Conditions of Employment
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Must obtain certification as a Lab Animal Technologist (LATG) within 12 months of date of hire.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.