Registered Laboratory Animal Technician

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $47,978 - $53,999 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $62,716 is available through annual performance increase.

This position will work a Tuesday to Saturday shift.

Job Summary

Within the Office of Research Services, Animal Care Services (ACS) supports students, researchers and society by providing excellence in care to all species of animals involved in research and teaching at the University of Victoria.

We build on the strength and diversity of our staff and stakeholders to optimize our ability to support research and teaching with animals following ethical and standard-of-care principles.

Our commitments include public and internal accountability, employing our core strengths to benefit our internal and external communities, promoting environments for work and study that are safe, supportive, inclusive and healthy and that foster mutual respect and civility, and recognizing that people are our primary strength.

All researchers working with animals are required to receive approval through the Animal Care Committee. Working under the Canadian Council on Animal Care’s (CCAC) guidelines, ACS provides housing facilities and services for animals, including veterinary and diagnostic services as well as training and expertise in laboratory animal medicine. The team includes Animal Health Technicians (AHTs), Registered Laboratory Animal Technicians (RLATs), and Animal Care Assistants (ACAs) working together in the delivery of animal care services.

Reporting to the Senior Registered Laboratory Animal Technician: Husbandry, RLATs are responsible for knowledge of husbandry for aquatic, reptile, and mammalian species and for applying that knowledge to facilitate research and to provide daily husbandry of research animals at the University of Victoria’s Animal Care Units.

The RLATs work collaboratively to clarify research needs and to provide service, assistance and training related to animal husbandry. The RLATs contribute to efficient operations by contributing to the development, implementation and revision of standard operating procedures related to animal husbandry, and through effective collaboration and teamwork.

Recognizing the inherent sensitivities around research with animals, ACS team members are expected to uphold the highest standards as they relate to ethical research and confidentiality. All team members are expected to demonstrate a high standard of professionalism at all times as a reflection of our overall mission.
To effectively support operational requirements, these positions are required to work a modified schedule and are tertiary call-out contacts in the event of urgent animal health and welfare emergencies, requiring willingness and ability to be flexible in working evenings/weekends.

These positions work in a lab environment where there is a hazard of Laboratory Animal Allergy. There are mandatory requirements in place to minimize/eliminate the hazard, such as enrolment in the UVic Allergy Awareness program (requiring baseline and annual pulmonary function tests); adherence to WorkSafeBC requirements (including the appropriate use of and to be clean-shaven while wearing a respirator).

As these are hands-on roles working with aquatic, reptile and mammalian animals, the RLATs are required to maintain no known allergies to rodents or rabbits, and the products used for normal housing of these species. The RLATs are required to work outdoors with aquatic and reptile species. The department provides appropriate clothing for inclement weather.

Job Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology) with a minimum of two years closely related experience with aquatic, reptile and mammalian species and their housing systems, including experience working in a regulatory environment with standard operating procedures (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).

Further:
RLAT certification with the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) within one year of hire. Maintaining certification status is mandatory.
Demonstrated strong organizational, and client-focused service skills.
Superior communication and time management skills.
Proficiency with information/communication technologies (web searches/email/word processing/spreadsheets).
Discretion, discernment and confidentiality.

Preference may be given to applicants holding advanced relevant training and/or experience working in a post-secondary or research environment.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at uviccareers@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
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992445-READ-2014-UPD JD-Registered Laboratory Animal Technician RLAT-SG5