General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) is hiring for full-time Animal Caretaker to join the GDIT team at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). As the U. S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, including its nine branch clinics located throughout the Hampton Roads area, additionally offers premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen for future roles in healing and wellness. The Animal Caretaker will support of the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Combat Trauma Research Group (CTRG) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved clinical research protocols. This position organizationally supports the Attending Veterinarian, Directorate for Professional Education, NMCP, VA. The position will provide care for animals, including large and small animals such as swine and rats, used in research and training. Tasks include the following:
- Assists in the receipt of new animals into the organizationAides with animal identification procedures (i.e., tattooing, marking, microchipping).Assists with animal handling procedures to include receiving animals, animal movement or for procedural use by animal care and/or investigative staff.Prepares room, cage and rack cards matching them with animal identification and number.Places the proper amount of bedding in animal cages and distributes the cages and racks to the appropriate storage areas.Ensures animals are fed and have access to water paying careful attention to feed lot numbers or milling dates and special dietary and vitamin requirements.Feeds animals according to instructions from the veterinarian, facility manager, or veterinary technician.Performs daily animal health observations Carefully observes the appearance and activity of animals in various stages and reports obvious signs of illness or death to the veterinarian, facility manager, or veterinary technician.Responsible for sanitation and cleanliness of the animal facility and all animal areas.Reviews and understands all animal use protocols and approved activities.
- Experience with animals in veterinary or research clinic. AALAS certification preferred.Ability to recognize obvious changes to the normal appearance and activities of animals.Ability to handle animals and clean work areas.Ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds. Work requires exposure to unpleasant odors and noises. May be required to wear protective equipment.