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(Senior) Animal Care Technician

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Animal Care
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The individual serves as a (Senior) Animal Care Technician within the Animal Resources and Care Division (ARCD) section of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The individual is responsible and accountable for the daily provision of animal husbandry and care at an ARCD facility (vivarium) or facilities.

The position encompasses the following responsibilities.
1. Provides animal husbandry and care for a variety of animal species with minimal to no guidance from more experienced ARCD personnel and in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and internally established policies and procedures.
2. Performs duties that require specialized skills associated with the care and handling of animals, the sanitation of facilities and the operation and maintenance of equipment.
3. Performs basic and advanced technical animal procedures with minimal to no supervision.
4. Serves as the contact person during the absence of the facility supervisor or team leader.

This position is primarily located in Blacksburg, Virginia but may periodically provide back-up support for the Roanoke campus. This position requires some weekend and holiday work as part of a rotating schedule. This position is considered an essential position.

Required Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience working with a variety of animals in an animal research or animal production facility OR significant experience working with a variety of animals in any setting (e.g., clinical, research, zoo).
• Ability to work directly with a variety of animal species including rodent, companion, agricultural, and aquatic species.
• Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility and animal housing areas.
• Ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area.
• Ability to lift/move 50 pounds.
• Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel).
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level required for internal candidates and must be obtained within 12 months of start date for external candidates. (Required for the Senior Animal Care Technician level.)
• Valid US driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

• Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science or a similar biological science.
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level. (Required for the Senior Animal Care Technician Level)
• Aquatic experience for locations that support zebrafish and other aquatic species.
• Experience working with farm animals for locations that support agricultural species.

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Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

June 25, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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