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Animal Technician

Location: Surrey
Salary: £19,730 - £20,275
Ref: ALS 2165

Our client, one of the leading public research Universities, are seeking an Animal Technician to join an existing team of specialised technical staff within their Biomedical Research Facility. Working within the team you will contribute towards the academic research into cardiovascular & cancer studies, infectious diseases, sleep and chronobiology. 

Basic Requirements:

  • A qualification in Animal Science, Animal Management or Animal Care
  • IAT qualifications is advantageous but not essential
  • Experience of working with small animals and catering to their husbandry needs
  • Ability to keep accurate records and have a good level of IT skills
  • Be prepared to undertake further on-the-job training to enhance your abilities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To perform basic husbandry tasks and housekeeping (e.g. cage changes and labels, cage wash, in-house husbandry, feeding and watering of animals, cleaning and recording of daily environmental readings)
  • Monitor defined breeding programs, maintaining breeding records to appropriate standards and updating researchers as to breeding performance of specific strains, ensuring the avoidance of over production of animals
  • To check animal welfare and alert the Named Animal Care & Welfare Officers (NACWO) where appropriate
  • To perform general tasks related to operations of the facility, e.g. stock of consumables, collecting store items and laundry of lab coats
  • The post holder may be required to perform Schedule 1 procedures and assist with researcher requirements such as performing scientific measurements and tissue sampling
  • Provision of cross faculty support where appropriate such as assisting our veterinary schools and practical exam assessments.
  • After extensive training, the post holder is expected to work unsupervised during rostered weekend and university closures such as Christmas and Easter.

Due to the biosecurity restrictions, unfortunately our client cannot employ anyone that owns or comes into regular contact with rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs or ferrets.

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 full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.