Animal Research Support Specialist

  • Location: Philadelphia metro area
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #37074

Our client, a leader in research medicine is seeking an Animal Research Support Specialist to join their team! The Animal Research Support Specialist will be responsible for assisting veterinarians and researchers in anesthesia, surgery, post-operative care, and animal care and treatments.


Job Responsibilities

  • Research Support
    • Advise investigators and program staff regarding procedural issues
    • Ensure necessary resources, supplies, animals, and rooms are available for studies
    • Maintain surgical facilities
    • Collect and record experimental data for procedures
    • Provide anesthesia support, postoperative care and monitoring
    • Observe animals and report abnormalities, sickness, and injury
    • Maintains departmental medical records and inventory
    • Assist in diagnostic and preventive procedures or treatment of animals
  • Quality Assurance
    • Oversee the coordination of animal procurement and receiving to ensure receipt of only disease-free animals
    • Conduct necropsies and collect biological samples for diagnostics to include parasitology, bacteriology, serology, and histopathology
    • Ensure compliance with IACUC protocols
  • Training
    • Interpret relevant policies and procedures for incoming investigators and staff
    • Conduct training of research technicians, faculty, and Department of Veterinary Resources staff regarding utilization of research animals, as needed
    • Identify training needs of research technicians and faculty utilizing research animals
  • General Administrative
    • Assist with developing and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure accreditation and compliance with federal laws
    • Maintain detailed animal health and diagnostic test records
    • Maintain records in accordance with relevant agency guidelines to include the state of Pennsylvania, Public Health Service, the USDA, and AAALAC.


Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification


Required Education

  • High School Diploma/GED

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years of veterinary technician experience
  • One (1) year of anesthesia/surgical support experience


Preferred Education

  • Graduation from a 2-year veterinary technician program
  • Associates degree


Preferred Experience

  • Five (5) years of veterinary technician experience
  • Three (3) years of anesthesia/surgical support experience
  • Previous experience in a laboratory animal environment


Preferred Licenses/Certificates/Registrations

  • AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification or
  • Certified, Licensed or Registered veterinary technician certification (CVT, LVT, RVT)
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