The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.
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The Veterinary Associate will be responsible for:
- Clinical observation and treatment of animals and quality assurance
- Training personnel and performing post-approval monitoring (PAM) for technical procedures involving animals including basic animal handling, surgery, injections, gavage, and blood collection techniques
- Maintaining veterinary pharmacy, including controlled substances
- Maintenance of anesthesia equipment
- Developing new or evaluating and modifying existing standard operation procedure
- Serve as technical and clinical backup in the absence of the attending veterinarian including rotating weekend on-call schedule
- Participation in ACUC facility inspections
- Management of individual or group AALAS certification classes and examinations
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or laboratory animal science. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education); Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S equivalency.
- In addition to the education requirements, a minimum of four (4) years of related biomedical or laboratory animal science experience required
- Extensive experience in laboratory animal science techniques related to animal-based research including: sterile procedures, safety procedures, instrument use, anesthesia and euthanasia techniques, commonly used medications for treating rodent health issues
- Knowledge of applicable policies, guidelines and regulations that govern the care, use and welfare of animals in biomedical research.
- Ability to function independently in an animal facility and exercise judgment in evaluating animal health issues
- Ability to perform quality assurance of technical procedures and husbandry issues
- Ability to maintain accurate records
- Ability to utilize database and websites to track training and health records
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
- Excellent observational, interpersonal, organizational skills
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