Behavioral Technician I - United States
Charles River (company)
Assist with providing appropriate enrichments to the animals’ structural and social environments and provide opportunities for species-typical activities. Monitor colony behahioral health and provide care to animals needing special attention and/or treatments as directed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist with providing appropriate enrichments to the animals’ structural and social environments and provide opportunities for species-typical activities.
- Monitor colony behavioral health, and provide care for animals needing special attention and/or treatment as directed.
- Observe animals and report behavioral abnormalities.
- Assist in performing behavioral assessments in response to reports of behavioral abnormalities.
- Assist with coordinating animal psychological/behavioral enrichment, including the acclimation and socialization of study animals.
- Review animal approval documentation and submit approval forms to appropriate personnel.
- Work with other Behavioral staff to precondition animals for study procedures.
- Work closely with the veterinary and animal care staff to ensure proper animal care standards are maintained.
- Assist with evaluation of new enrichment devices and provide input on strategies for individually and socially housed animals.
- Assist with revisions to relevant SOPs as needed to ensure accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and accepted professional standards.
- Routinely handle animals as required for duties.
- Maintain and track data related to social housing, exemptions to social housing, and abnormal behavior.
- Maintain documentation for the Behavioral Management Program.
- Assist with training animal care staff and other site personnel on aspects of animal behavior and enrichment as needed.
- May serve as IACUC committee member.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal or life sciences or related discipline.
- Experience: 1-3 years experience in animal research and/or husbandry; multi-species experience preferred or must have fully satisfied technical and experience requirements for the previous level.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
- Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the LAT level preferred
- Other: Ability to handle common laboratory species. Proficient in basic technical skills and the operation of data collection equipment. Knowledge of GLP’s and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals. Understanding of routine study design and protocols.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet