University of Maryland, Baltimore Laboratory Animal Research Assistant in Baltimore, Maryland

The University of Maryland School of medicine has an opportunity for a Laboratory Animal Research Assistant to work in the Department of Veterinary Resources. The Laboratory Animal Research Assistant is responsible for performing animal research activities and animal clinical care in a laboratory setting with a variety of species. Work is performed in accordance with animal welfare regulations, USDA, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Public Health Services (PHS), Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), Association for assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) guidelines.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.

*Essential Functions:*

  • Assist veterinarians in administering treatment to a wide variety of species in the facility 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

  • Perform research activities, and routine laboratory procedures such as general housekeeping, collection of biological (blood, tissue) specimens, administration of pharmaceuticals, administration and monitoring of anesthesia, diagnostic testing and perform euthanasia.

  • Draft, review, and edit Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Conduct/report observations of animal health, record all findings, examinations, and treatments as assigned.

  • Compile, analyze research/health monitoring data and generate reports using various relevant computer software applications.

  • Observe, identify, and report animal health related problems as needed.

  • Perform technical services such as obtaining biological fluid or tissue samples.

  • Assist in the collection of biological samples for diagnostic testing and animal health monitoring, with processing of diagnostic molecular (e.g. ELISAs) and bacteriology assays, as needed.

  • Provide pre-operative and post-operative care.

  • Assist with specialized veterinary procedures such as physical examinations, treatments, surgery, radiology, and necropsy procedures, on a wide variety of species.

  • Ensure that all rooms are properly stocked with supplies, clean, and orderly.

  • Assist with literature searches, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education:Bachelor’s degree in biology, veterinary science, agriculture, or field of study related to animal science.

Preferred Experience:Prior experience working with laboratory animals in a research setting, or in a veterinary practice. Previous experience handling hazardous agents, working in aseptic environments, and using laboratory equipment is also desirable.

Other:Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*

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/*Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate, or Bachelor’s degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience. /

*Conditions of Employment:*

Requires training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, and shipping of hazardous materials.

*Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:*

  • Skill in animal handling with variety of species, including rodents.

  • Ability to be strongly organized and self-driven.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.

  • Skill in spreadsheet software applications.

  • Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments.

  • Ability to network with, and provide information to key groups and individuals.

  • Ability to use a consultative approach to resolve issues in area of responsibility.

/Hiring Range is low to mid $40,000s, commensurate with education and experience./

If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job: *Reg or CII Exempt Staff

Organization: *School of Medicine - Research & Graduate Studies

Title: Laboratory Animal Research Assistant

Location: null

Requisition ID: 180001LW