Animal Technician

LOCATION: Huntingdon SALARY: Competitive     REF: ALS 2584

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On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit an Animal Technician to work at their animal facility in Cambridgeshire. The successful candidate will carry out daily animal husbandry tasks and ensure high standards of welfare in a research environment. The company carries out research for development of human medicines, vaccines, medical devices, as well as for the clinical research and development of companion animal pharmaceuticals.

Basic Requirements:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Management.
  • Minimum of 6 months of relevant industry experience working with laboratory animals.
  • Experience in routine animal husbandry and a genuine passion for their welfare.
  • Ability to gain or current holder of a Home Office personal license
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment in their own performance and take responsibility for their own actions. 
  • Ability to coordinate activities logically, problem solving, maintain confidentiality, and be able to work with interruptions.
  • IT Skills: Familiarity and expertise with Excel, Word, bespoke Database, or other similar production software.
  • Full driving licence and own transport it essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct daily animal husbandry duties, including feeding, watering, cleaning, animal handling and animal observations as directed by the team leader.
  • Complete daily monitoring and reporting of the animal unit environment including temperatures, and the security and suitability of animal housing.
  • Follow work instructions and procedures for safe entry to and exit from animal units to maintain site security and animal barrier unit biosecurity.
  • Conduct cleaning and maintaining animal rooms, associated areas and equipment, in accordance with work instructions.
  • Carry out procedures as required.
  • Completion of all relevant departmental records, including day books, production data reports and stock availability records.
  • Notify team leader regarding any suspected or recorded problems in relation to animal welfare or unit environment.
  • Receiving & despatching of goods in/out of animal facility, using correct sterilisation procedures to maintain ‘animal barrier status
  • The production, birthing, weaning, sexing, counting and weighing of animals.
  • Re-housing and grouping of animals in accordance with Home Office guidelines, as directed by team leader
  • Be a “buddy” to new staff, training them on cleaning, feeding and watering, animal handling and pen labelling.
  • Perform other tasks that fall within the job holder’s ability, competence and experience, when requested by the team leader, or other members of the management team as required.

Agenda and its clients only recruit people who are passionate about animal care and welfare, people with integrity who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic. To enable us to hire the very best people, we will conduct a comprehensive background and pre-employment screening, an essential part of Agenda’s recruitment process.

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