Animal Technician III
Company: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Posted on: June 12, 2021
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians,
innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the
common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases.
Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a
genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and
comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research
that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's
physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our
community; and we work with amazing partners, including other
Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.Under the direction of
the Animal Resources Facility (ARF) Manager, this position provides
support and leadership for the daily husbandry and technical
operations of the ARF program. Collaborates with the ARF Technical
Service Manager and/or Attending Veterinarian concerning issues
involving the health and welfare of laboratory animals. Performs
all duties in compliance with local, state, federal and
institutional guidelines and regulations. Responsible for assisting
ARF Management and Lead Technicians with all components of the
physical plant program. Responsible for performing various animal
husbandry duties in a facility in which work is done with
indigenous or exotic agents that may cause serious or potentially
lethal disease as a result of exposure by inhalation. Serves as a
role model for staff.
Assists in training animal care staff in the following areas;
microisolator cage changing techniques, room sanitation, autoclave
operation, cagewash operations, waste disposal and other husbandry
duties. Coordinates and assists in procurement and inventory of
supplies required throughout the facilities. Provides direct work
support in husbandry responsibilities including cage changing and
cage wash operations. Is expected to fulfill duties and
responsibilities of Animal Technician levels I and II as needed.
Requires a working knowledge of environmental and HVAC monitoring
devices and alarms. Including an understanding of how a magnehelic
gauge determines differential air pressure. Assisting technicians
with implementation and training for accurate record keeping
including (but not limited to) room logs, health reports, cage card
labels, autoclave records, cage wash records, animal census and
other records as required. This includes assisting technicians with
implementation and training of viewport and health monitoring
records on PDA's. Conducts routine inspection in coordination with
the Supervisors and Managers of all animal holding and support
facilities to assure compliance with our AAALAC accreditation
standards. Performs minor technical procedures on rodents without
direct supervision. Technical duties may include medical treatments
of rodents with minor injuries, weaning, toe and tail clipping, and
euthanasia. This position performs husbandry tasks such as cage
changing, waste handling and disposal of hazardous waste materials
and animal carcasses in the BSL-2/3 area. Duties include;
decontamination of all biological waste leaving the suite, proper
storage of contaminated waste after it has left the biohazard
suite, sterilizing into the suite all materials needed to support
murine pathogen free mouse colonies (i.e., microisolator cages,
feed, bedding, water, etc.) Awareness of sterilization principles
is required. Responsible for receiving, unpacking and housing
incoming animals following strict documented SOP. Notification of
improper procedures documented and emailed to proper
- High School Diploma or GED required. BS or BA degree
- Minimum of four years of experience working in an
AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal facility. Previous experience
helpful but not required.
- AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT)
or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level is required within
first year of acquiring position.
- Working knowledge of laboratory animal facilities
- Demonstrated ability to adapt and respond timely to the needs
of faculty, research personnel and ARF staff to ensure that
excellent customer service is provided at all times.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks
- Positive, professional leadership skills to coach and influence
employees and conduct productive performance evaluations.
- Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and
exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective
communication, and that contribute to a congenial work
- Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating
in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and
- Working knowledge of laboratory animal equipment and supplies,
including cagewash equipment, autoclaves and caging systems for a
variety of common laboratory animals.
- Knowledge of personal protective equipment requirements for
barrier and non-barrier facilities and various biosafety
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- The position requires direct contact with rodent species.
- Computer literacy in word processing and database record
keeping in support of laboratory animal operations preferred.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer
and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin,
sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry,
military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as
protected by law.
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