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Vacancy Overview

Full time, permanent position.

We are looking for a capable and enthusiastic Licenced Animal Technician for the Biomedical Services Unit at Warwick. The facility supports academic and contract studies in biomedical research predominantly with rodents and zebrafish

The successful candidate will have experience of working with or caring for animals and demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of animal health and welfare. You will need to be of an open and friendly disposition and be able to communicate at all levels; being able to work in a successful team and as an individual is essential.

A knowledge of laboratory animal welfare and the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

We offer a generous reward package and first class working conditions with flexitime, pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and uniform. You will be required to work 36.5 hrs per week, with additional overtime at weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis

If required, please call for more information regarding the position on 024 7615 0251.

Job Description

Job Purpose

To provide assistance and support in the breeding, welfare and maintenance of laboratory animals to meet the requirements of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and to assist with training of new staff and Biomedical Services Unit (BSU) users.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Animal husbandry, welfare and cleaning
• Work as part of a team to ensure that animal cages/tanks are cleaned out at least weekly or as required.
• Health checking of animals to insure they are free from injury, disease, pain etc
• Management of breeding colonies (including GA rodents and fish) to ensure constant supply of animals, without over breeding, and advising researchers on the numbers available.
• Ensuring areas, surfaces and equipment are as clean and sterile as possible to prevent the introduction or spread of disease and infection
• Covering cage/tank washing, cage preparation and cleaning duties during periods of low staffing
• Ensuring the security and integrity of the unit is maintained at all times, as the risk of action by animal rights activists is always is possible.
• Assist senior staff with their roles as requested.
• Ensuring procedure rooms are fully stocked with consumables.
• Preparation of aquatic diets with the subsequent feeding of zebra fish

There will be some lone working at weekends and holidays (rota basis), to ensure all animals are checked, fed, and the facility and equipment are functioning as required.

2. Governance and compliance
• Keeping accurate records for breeding, disposal and environmental data to comply with Home Office Legislation.
• Performing genotyping and other Home Office regulated procedures as required
• Management of waste streams to ensure all clinical waste is disposed of correctly.
• Hold a Home Office Personal Licence (PIL)