A full-time position for a Lab Animal CareTechnician is being offered at the University of Minnesota – Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca, MN. The Southern Research and Outreach Center is located 75 miles southeast of St. Paul, MN. This position is responsible for conducting chemical analyses of biological samples, such as feed, blood and urine, assist with surgical or other experimental procedures and maintain and clean laboratory equipment.
Position is represented by AFSCME Technical Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made.
Hourly Salary Range: $15.14 - $24.47 (DOQ)
The main function of a Lab Animal Care Technician is to perform laboratory procedures in the swine research facilities. Tasks typically involve:
Responsibilities: Animal care 100% - Cleans, washes, and disinfects animal rooms and cages - Feeds and cares for pigs from pregnant sows, lactating sows and wean to finish pigs
-Mixes and weigh feed for designated animals. Orders and stores feed and supplies and prepare animals for shipment to other units or market. - Keeps records on feeding, weight, breeding, disposition and shipping of animals. - Inspects the physical condition of animals regularly for signs of illness or injury. Makes preliminary diagnosis of the condition, consults the unit supervisor, and administers the proper medication as advised. - Sterilizes and cares for surgical instruments - Shaves, disinfects and prepares animals for surgery - Assist in surgical operations by operating anesthesia equipment and infusion apparatus - Assist in animal surgery by tying of blood vessels, passing instruments, cutting and holding internal parts, locating organs and closing up animals. - Assist with and performs post mortem examinations on animals, removing various organs for further study and writing autopsy reports on findings.
There are collaborative research activities with the Departments of Animal Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Soil, Water and Climate, Veterinary Population Medicine, Surgery, and Bio-products /Biosystems Engineering.
High school graduate/GED and education and/or experience with laboratory animals totaling one (1) year.
Associate Degree with Laboratory Technician Experience.
Ability to handle samples and laboratory equipment.
Ability to keep records, communicate effectively, maintain favorable public relations and willingness to perform other assigned duties.
Knowledge of swine production procedures will be an asset.
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