In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. These positions supervise designated staff by scheduling and assigning work, and assist in daily animal care operations by leading various health monitoring and colony management programs, trouble-shooting minor issues and performing other administrative tasks. These positions also maintain the daily care of laboratory mice and perform various surgical procedures and laboratory techniques.
• Develops, implements, reviews and updates animal care standard operating procedures for assigned area.
• Leads various animal care programs such as health monitoring and colony management.
• Maintains current knowledge of, and ensures compliance with, animal care regulations.
• Supervises designated staff by scheduling and assigning work, providing orientation and training and monitoring performance.
• Maintains daily care of laboratory mice including maintaining adequate food and water levels and observing mice for general health conditions.
• Performs surgeries and techniques including blood collection, surgical implantations, tumour implantation, injection of solutions, collection of tissues and organs and embryo manipulations, and cryopreservation.
• Performs laboratory techniques such as media preparation, cell culture and hormone preparation, and polymerase chain reaction analysis as required.
• Leads training programs, prepares and gives presentations and orients and trains staff and animal users on proper animal care theory, protocols, techniques and procedures.
• Changes and cleans animal cages, bottles and racks.
• Performs general cleaning of animal facilities including disinfecting equipment, walls, floors, rooms, etc.
• Performs census duties such as counting cages and reporting cage numbers.
• Receives and processes laboratory animal care supplies.
A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from a recognized program in Animal Health or Veterinary Technology, or a Bachelor’s program in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Animal Science); plus five (5) years of recent related experience in a research laboratory, including two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.