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Animal Care Technician

EGenesis

EGenesis

Indiana, USA
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024
COMPANY MISSION
At eGenesis, we aspire to deliver safe and effective human transplantable cells, tissue and organs utilizing the latest advancements in genome editing.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Animal Care Technician will be responsible for animal care, cleaning, and communication between neonatal and veterinary staff. The individual in this role should be reliable, timely, and observant. This member needs to efficiently perform all required procedures overseen by the veterinarian and facility manager. All team members must abide by all eGenesis policies and procedures that are relevant to this position.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform daily care of piglets in eGenesis facilities: Take daily weights and temperatures of each piglet, Clean daily following provided standard operating procedures (SOPs), Feed piglets following provided SOPs, Observe piglets and record clinical observations, Provide prescribed treatments according to veterinary instruction (Includes giving emergency care and assisting in veterinary procedures such as sedation/anesthesia, venipuncture, and euthanasia.), Record all information in the dedicated databases or forms.
  • Interpret and report piglet health status: Express interest in furthering knowledge pertaining to piglet health, Work with all team members to fully understand each piglet’s medical history, Communicate piglet clinical signs with supervisor and veterinary staff.
  • Participate in department, division, and other meetings as requested.
  • Opportunities for cross training in other aspects of animal care (enrichment, herd treatments and monitoring, sample collections, surgical assistance).
  • Be responsible to ensure SOP compliance: Complete all training on SOPs relative to the position, Monitor environment for deviations from the SOPs and inform supervisor, Inform team members and supervisor if any deviations from SOPs are observed to ensure all aspects of the position are being completed correctly.
  • Promote and adhere to safety in workplace: Promote safety awareness, Correct unsafe acts and conditions and ensure equipment is properly maintained, Report and investigate all accidents/incidents, Inspect own area and take remedial action to minimize or eliminate hazards. Complete required training assignments, forms, and other paperwork.
  • Ensure compliance with company biosecurity practices to safeguard health of neonatal animals
  • Promote and adhere to the eGenesis animal welfare policies: Follow all applicable regulatory requirements (USDA, FDA, OLAW) regarding animal welfare and ensure humane care according to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Animal Welfare Act.
  • This position requires that staff work occasional overnight and weekend shifts on a rotating basis shared with other staff, with comp time to accommodate for these schedule changes. As essential personnel, limited on-call or availability for emergency response may occasionally be required.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Exposure to animal handling and basic animal health concerns. Knowledge of equipment disinfection and infection control practices
  • An eagerness to learn or further knowledge relating to animal health
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Schedule flexibility
  • AALAS certification (preferred)
  • 1+ years of relevant experience in animal research or veterinary care (preferred)
  • Knowledge and expertise of veterinary procedures (preferred)
  • Knowledge and expertise in animal research (preferred)
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Able to handle piglets ranging from 1 to 50 kilograms.
  • Able to stand and perform cleaning
  • Must wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • This position operates in multiple environments including office environment (working with computers and printers for documentation purposes), laboratory environment (performing sample collections in pigs and communicating with veterinary staff for sample processing), and farm environment (may be required to use hazardous chemicals, cleaning fecal matter, and operating in dusty environments).