Laboratory Animal Caretaker II

Washington, District of Columbia-Washington
Dec 24, 2020
Jan 28, 2021
Full Time
The Laboratory Animal Caretaker II will provide animal husbandry and sanitation following standard operating procedures for rodent and swine species. Maintain the cleanliness of animal rooms and ancillary rooms. Observe animals for changes in behavior, dietary habits and signs of illnesses. Will euthanize and dispose of dead animals. Observe animal room environment. Will receive incoming shipments of animals. Maintain per diem inventory of animals, assist in administration of health treatment prescribed and restrain animals. Monitor supplies used in conjunction with animals, animal rooms, cages, cage equipment, and cleaning supplies. Maintain specialized animal care areas (Quarantine, ABSL II). Provide technical assistance as needed (handling, injections). Complete other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Minimum Work Experience
2 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 2 years in a laboratory animal science setting. .

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of all common laboratory animals; Ability to recognize common signs of illness, variations in eating habits, abnormal stool and urine deposits, and unusual behavior; Knowledge of laws and regulations affecting the use of animals in biomedical research; Knowledge of techniques for sanitation, sterilization, and biohazard control. Evidence of specialized experience, which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position, must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume. Physical effort and work conditions: Physical demands require a healthy individual with dexterity. Able to lift up to 50lbs. Manual dexterity is required for handling small animals i.e. mice, rats, and swine; the workplace is an animal research facility there is potential exposure to zoonotic diseases as well as possibilities of being bitten, scratched or kicked by animals; allergic responses may develop to animal dander; animal procedures may sometimes involve exposure to anesthetic gases, radiation and chemicals used to sanitize instruments and room surfaces. Stand for long periods of time (up to 6 hours).

Functional Accountabilities

Husbandry Operations
1. Observe animals daily for signs of health; and receive, examine, transfer, identify, and properly house incoming animal shipments according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
2. Administer any medication and/or treatment as prescribed by the Veterinarian.
3. Provide adequate food and water for all assigned cages.
4. Maintain daily and weekly sanitation of cages, assigned rooms, and common areas.

1. Promptly notify manager of animal room fluctuations of temperature and humidity.
2. Complete animal room sheets, sanitation logs for common areas, and animal health reports.
3. Record accurate dates of birth, deaths, and euthanasia requests.

Animal Testing Assistance
1. Perform weaning duties as assigned.
2. Collect diagnostic specimens following detailed schedule (Pelt, anal, fecal, and swabs).

Other Duties
1. Assist with cage wash duties as needed.
2. Participate in animal handling and manipulation training when offered.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things


1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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