Priority One Services

Priority One Services


Job Description

Come join the Priority One team at the new ZMBBI Vivarium located at Columbia University, New York, NY.
Under the direction of the Manager/Supervisor the Small Animal Care Technician shall have demonstrated knowledge and skill in handling small animals, especially rodents. They shall be able to recognize the appearance of abnormal health conditions and be able to maintain a clean environment for all animals at Columbia University’s new ZMBBI Vivarium.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Must have at least one year experience working in a laboratory environment in cagewash or in a professional environment with animals. Previous rodent experience is a plus.
  • Literate in written and spoken English.
  • Must be certified with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to cooperate with co-workers and function productively with others in accomplishing assigned tasks.
  • Ability to function in a customer-client atmosphere, i.e., assists the company in providing positive responses to customer needs and delivery of quality services to the customer.
  • Ability to follow through on instructions.

Work Assignments are based on work requirements to meet the contract needs, which may include the following duties:

  • Assure that procedures and practices involving the program of animal care are appropriate for the establishment and continued maintenance of AAALAC accreditation.
  • Adhere to security procedures and confidentiality requirements.
  • Assist, when requested, in experimental planning and logistics/scheduling of projects.
  • Participate in the ongoing employee training program, with special emphasis on SOPs, safety and health training, safe work practices, and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Perform job tasks/duties in compliance with university policies, regulations, safety, and security procedures.
  • Assure that records, log books, and other project records are appropriately maintained.
  • Comply with the Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) program.
  • Recommend changes in operational procedures that might increase the efficiency or effectiveness of work procedures or practices.
  • Observe and report any problems with equipment, caging or the facility to your supervisor.
  • Perform husbandry, restraint, technical procedures, and environmental monitoring in accordance with established university SOPs.
  • Conduct AM and PM animal health observations.
  • Identify, report (facility veterinarian) and properly document any sick, moribund or dead animals.
  • Provide food and water as directed.
  • Perform daily cage, rack, or pan changes as scheduled.
  • Maintain animal room in a clean, organized and inspection ready condition at all times.
  • Assist with the restocking of supplies and ensure that the animal room is well stocked.
  • Assist with the receiving, housing and proper identification of incoming animals.
  • Any other duties or task delegated by contract or university management.

Hours: Basic work-week of forty (40) hours per week with the start and the end of the workday dependent on the contract requirements of the workplace. Hours are dictated by the institutional research schedule, weekend and holiday work is required. Must be reliable in attendance to ensure animals receive appropriate level of care. Potential for call-in to assist facility or animal health related emergencies.
Environmental Conditions:
Customarily performs animal care, research management and administration duties in an environmentally controlled work area. However, technical and management duties may be performed in an animal care vivarium, barrier facility, surgical or test procedure laboratory, animal housing/bedding cleaning and processing areas. Work may require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in these facilities. Laboratory environment and/or animal care work areas may be prone to hot and humid conditions, and subject to objectionable odors, aerosols, dust, animal dander, and noise.

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New York, NY

Priority One Services
Priority One Services