Animal Behaviorist

Rockville, MD
Sep 26, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Accountant, IT
Full Time
ObjectiveThe Animal Behaviorist performs required behavioral/enrichment/compatibility assessments for all species housed at a designated facility. They maintain behavioral database information, monthly social housing reports, quarterly behavioral assessments and other documents as needed/requested.Qualifications And Skills4 year Bachelor's degree in relevant field (Primatology, Anthropology, Psychology, etc)Experience with animals, preferably Non-Human primatesAALAS certificationDuties And ResponsibilitiesAdhere to the BEEP (BIOQUAL Behavioral and Environmental Enhancement Plan) at designated BIOQUAL Inc. animal facilityPerform requested/required behavior/enrichment assessments on NHPsProvide NHPs with positive reinforcement training and positive human interaction sessionsCreate/Update Additional Behavioral Observations (ABO) list and Abnormal Behavior Management Plans (ABMP)Order, help sanitize & fill, and monitor stock & proper use of edible & non-edible enrichmentDetermine new and entertaining enrichmentMaintain facility budget for all department spendingCreate behavioral studies to help increase the understanding of various aspects of NHPs and other animals in captivity, to be directly applied to the animals housed at BIOQUAL, Inc.Create and perform required trainings regarding animal behavior and enrichmentMeet periodically with veterinary staff to discuss behavior/enrichment issues/concernsPerform temperament assessments on NHPs to determine compatible social partnersIntroduce and monitor NHPs deemed compatible to form social pairsPerform quarterly colony behavioral assessments and social group behavioral assessmentsDetermine if changing room setups may decrease atypical/abnormal behaviors and increase species-typical behaviors, monitoring the improvement of abnormal/atypical behaviors of NHPsUpdate the database, and notify the Senior Behaviorist with social housing, behavioral assessments, and other department informationCreate monthly social housing breakdownsPerform other duties as assignedSDL2017

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