Animal Care & Ops Supervisor – Blacksburg, VA

Job no: 511907
Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Animal Care
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

he individual serves as an Animal Care & Operations Supervisor within the Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) section of the Office of the University Veterinarian (OUV). The individual is responsible and accountable for managing daily operations and activities involved with the provision of animal husbandry and care at a LAR facility (vivarium) or facilities.

The position encompasses the following responsibilities.
1. Manages the daily operations and space utilization of the LAR vivarium.
2. Manages the responsibilities and work assignments of animal care personnel at his/her assigned facility. Responsible for the training, performance management, mentoring, and professional development of LAR personnel.
3. Ensures that the daily operations and activities of the assigned animal facility are accomplished in accordance with federal regulations, industry standards and guidelines, institutional policies, and LAR guidance documents (SOPs and Policies).
4. Establishes and maintains collaborative and productive working relationships with the assigned LAR facility veterinarian and research personnel that utilize the facility.

This position serves as the LAR supervisor for both the ILSB and LS1 vivaria. This position is primarily located in Blacksburg, Virginia but provides back-up support for the Roanoke campus. The Animal Care & Operations Supervisor is a leadership position and is expected to work both independently and as part of a team with minimal to limited supervision from his/her direct supervisor. This position will require weekend and holiday rotation scheduling.

  • Significant experience handling and caring for a variety of animals in an animal research or teaching environment.
  • Experience supervising personnel, managing work schedules, maintaining inventories, providing customer support, facing and resolving conflict.
  • Strong working knowledge of animal husbandry practices and procedures for traditional laboratory animals and/or agricultural species relevant to the facility.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Associate Degree in Animal Science (or a similar biological science) OR an equivalent combination of a high school diploma (or equivalent) and 5 years relevant experience.
  • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level. Strong candidates without LAT certification may be considered but are required to obtain LAT certification within 24 months if hired.
  • Valid US driver’s license.
  • Bachelor Degree in Animal Science or a similar biological science.
  • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level.
  • Strong working knowledge of all animal facility functional areas and operations, including cage wash areas.
  • Aquatic experience for positions that support zebrafish and other aquatic species.
  • Experience with ABSL-2 and ABSL-3 practices and procedures.

Commensurate with experience

Additional Information

The position will require the candidate to:

  • Stand for extended periods of time.
  • Perform repetitive motion tasks that involve pushing, pulling, reaching, and/or bending.
  • Lift and move 50 lbs., including but not limited to caging and equipment, bags or boxes of animal diet and animal bedding.
  • Operate flatbed hand trucks or pallet jacks to move heavier objects or weights exceeding 50 pounds.
  • Visualize, assess, handle, and restrain a variety of animal species that may include rodents, companion animals, agricultural species, and aquatics depending on location.
  • Operate mechanical equipment required by the position, including but not limited to animal caging systems, mechanical cage washers, and autoclaves.
  • Negotiate and navigate around animal facility caging, equipment, and the physical plant.
  • Read, understand, and follow LAR and other institutional guidance documents (SOPs, policies) and IACUC approved animal protocols.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Wear facility specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area as required by the job duties and based on risk assessment from EH&S.
  • Work directly with live or dead animals and clean or soiled bedding and caging with reasonable accommodations if necessary.
  • Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common software applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel).
  • Accurately and legibly document written information in English in a timely manner, including electronic formats and software applications, and effectively communicate in English verbally.
  • Receive vaccinations and health assessments required to work in some animal holding or procedure areas, such as ABSL-2 or ABSL-3 areas, in accordance with LAR and/or EH&S policies and practices.
  • Periodically work weekends and holidays consistent with university policies and LAR business needs.
  • Maintain a valid US driver’s license.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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Advertised: November 15, 2019
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