University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

Come join the dedicated and knowledgeable staff of the Research Animal Resources and Compliance Unit! The University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Animal Resources and Compliance Unit (RARC) is multidisciplinary in scope and provides veterinary and operational support to the UW-Madison animal care and use program. The animal program involves all aspects of animal use for research, teaching, and outreach. This is a developmental to advanced level position providing specialized veterinary technician support to the campus veterinary care program. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with animals in a research or non-research setting, the ability to work both independently and with a team and will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

This is a position providing specialized technical support to the campus research veterinary care program. Veterinary technical experience preferred. The position requires the incumbent to independently anticipate, initiate and follow through with technical responsibilities and prioritize workflow needs. Must have the ability to communicate in a professional manner. They must also be able to act responsibly and maturely in stressful situations. Duties include primarily working with rodents to provide veterinary care, assisting in the instruction and orientation of animal care employees, research staff and students, assisting veterinarians in preventive medicine, maintaining supplies, providing technical assistance, including anesthesia support for investigators, clinicians, researchers, and students in procedures. It also requires the ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. independently, with the physical and manual dexterity to perform specialized tasks.

This position functions under general supervision.

This position requires weekend and holiday work.

For any questions regarding the position, contact Danielle Ewing, Danielle.Ewing@wisc.edu

Principal duties:

30% A. Assist veterinarians in restraint, examination, and medical and surgical treatment of sick and injured animals.
A1. Observe the health and welfare of all facility animals and provide a proactive approach to veterinary care.
A2. Restrain various laboratory and domestic species.
A3. Prepare and administer oral, topical, injectable medications (including anesthetic agents) as directed by the veterinarians.
A4. Obtain and prepare clinical and postmortem specimens for laboratory examination; transport and submit specimens to the
laboratory or perform the laboratory test.
A5. Assist or initiate preparation of animals for medical, surgical, diagnostic and research procedures, monitor animals during anesthesia and post-surgical period. Provides post-operative care and close observation of animals when needed.
A6. Independently perform veterinary treatments and health/welfare monitoring of sick/injured animals currently under veterinary care and perform follow up observations on a large variety of species.
A7. Perform multiple methods of euthanasia on multiple species.
A8. Report all animal care concerns and become involved in resolution and appropriate corrective action, when necessary.
A9. Ensure that duties are performed according to protocol requirements and adhere to the guidelines of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
A10. Interact with animal facility managers and animal care staff on appropriate methods to maintain high standards of sanitation.

25% B. Perform duties associated with preventative medicine.
B1. Schedule and perform regular disease surveillance including sentinel serology and PCR sample collection and submission. Ensure communication with investigators when results are final.
B2. Perform venipuncture and euthanasia of sentinel animals. Collaborate with other veterinary technicians performing sentinel serology.
B3. Assess microbiological or other monitoring of cage washing techniques; perform microbiological or other monitoring of autoclaves.
B4. Interact with PI’s, investigational staff, animal facility managers, and animal care staff in information gathering for disease surveillance and outbreak investigations.
B5. Maintain all sanitation and rodent disease surveillance and documentation, including standard operating procedures (SOPs).
B6. Assist with the implementation of quarantine and isolation practices.
B7. Schedule animal physical examinations and other preventative medicine procedures.

15% C. Perform clinical laboratory procedures and keep associated records
C1. Perform basic clinical laboratory procedures.
C2. Keep appropriate clinical laboratory records.
C3. Keep clinical laboratory supplies available in working quantities and keep equipment maintained and good working order.
C4. Maintain and develop animal veterinary records, with attention to detail.
C5. Record observations, procedures, and treatments in medical records.

15% D. Maintain supplies, tools, and equipment needed for the clinical medicine program.
D1. Set up examination, or surgery, ensuring proper equipment and needed supplies are present for planned procedures.
D2. Maintain and clean equipment; initiate sterilization or repair procedures as needed to ensure accurate and effective functioning.
D3. Clean, maintain, and stock examination or surgery rooms after use.
D4. Maintain clinical inventory.

10% E. Consult and assist principal investigators concerning patient care.
E1. Provide assistance and/or instruction to investigators/laboratory staff during and following procedures. Including preparation and set-up for procedures; post-operative and nursing care.
E2. Maintain records of substantial clinical assistance provided to investigators for research purposes and submit documentation to the Research Animal Resources and Compliance (RARC) business office for billing.

5% F. Assistance in meeting the formal and informal instructional needs of the program.
F1. Demonstrate to and instruct animal care staff as needed in proper handling, restraint and medication of research animals.
F2. Demonstrate to and instruct investigators in proper handling, medical nursing techniques, procedures, regulatory requirements, proper personal protective equipment, patient care protocol and other animal care and regulatory requirements.
F3. Develop/modify formal sick animal training modules. Present these to animal care staff in organized training session. Specifically, train new users for the online animal reporting system.
F4. Prepare and revise miscellaneous instructional materials as needed.
F5. Provide training in other technical skills as needed or requested.
F6. Train lab staff in the management of chronic medical conditions of genetically modified mice, such as dermatitis and dental problems, by teaching them to do certain treatments to improve the welfare of the animals.