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Veterinary Technician

University of Colorado Boulder

This is a Full-time position in boulder, CO posted May 10, 2022.

Job Summary
The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) encourages applications for an Animal Care Tech 1! This role supports research involving laboratory animals by providing animal care and husbandry services, monitoring animal health, and maintaining animal care facilities, in compliance with university and federal standards. Provides routine and specialized care for a variety of species of small laboratory animals which are used by scientists for research and education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are

The Office of Animal Resources (OAR) is a service center responsible for providing high-quality animal care, veterinary care, and support for the research and teaching missions of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The highly dedicated and experienced OAR staff is committed to the health and well-being of laboratory animals, student and investigator training, and technical service.

We’re looking for the right individual, committed to helping us maintain our high clinical standards, policies and procedures. This can be the beginning of a real career for someone interested in the support of our scientific research and teaching missions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Animal Husbandry

Changes and/or cleans soiled animal cages, feeding devices and watering devices. Cleans/sanitizes at regular intervals direct and indirect animal contact surfaces by washing with appropriate detergents/disinfectants. Collects soiled animal bedding and other wastes and transports to designated waste disposal sites (i.e. cage wash room or dumpster). Procures animal feed and supplies from appropriate support areas and transports to required use site.

Animal Health

Evaluates the basic health status of animals and reports abnormalities to the appropriate personnel. Weighs, administers medications, breeds, records breeding status data, euthanizes, restrains, receives and transports laboratory animals as directed by supervisor or veterinarian.

Documentation

Records daily animal care activities on room check sheets and enters work activities into database. Contacts appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals, overcrowded cages, euthanasia requests and specific project requirements via e-mail or phone. Scans cage cards to record animal census in the animal rooms. Ensures that all appropriate documentation is completed for all rooms assigned to their area.

Room/Facility Maintenance

Selects, prepares, dispenses and uses hazardous chemicals and disinfectants according to manufacturer’s instructions in cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms, racks, cages and pens and animal support areas. Operates mechanical equipment to clean and sterilize cages such as autoclaves and cage washers. Also operates equipment such as floor buffers, high pressure washers, laundry equipment, and environmental monitoring equipment for cleaning/sanitizing purposes. Cleans/sanitizes/disinfects animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, support rooms. Ensures that all rooms within their assigned area are following strict SOP guidelines.
What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

This position is on campus and the primary schedule is M-F (8-4:30). May be asked infrequently to work evenings and/or weekends depending on coverage needs.

Encourage conference and additional certification opportunites.
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this position is $31,200-$32,000 annually.
Benefits
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.
Be Statements
Be effective. Be respectful. Be Boulder.
What We Require
One year of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, breeding or boarding facility.
College coursework in a field of study related to the work assignment may substitute year-for-year for the general experience.
What You Will Need
Oral and written communication skills.
What We Would Like You To Have
Experience with the following:
Working in an animal research facility
Oral and written communication skills
Entering and manipulating data in a database
Managing inventory
Handling small rodents and animals
Dead animal carcasses
Movement of freight
Variety of cagewash equipment
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
A current resume.
A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by May 22, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.
Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu