Licenced Animal Technician

LOCATION: Cambridge SALARY: £20,600 – £23,487 REF: ALS 2575

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Working with our client, a prestigious Biomedical Services Unit based in Cambridge, we are recruiting for an enthusiastic Licenced Animal Technician to join their team and provide daily husbandry to the animals in their care. The successful candidate will also perform regulated and nonregulated procedures as required, and so a Home Office Licence is essential.

Basic Requirements:

  • GCSE Grades A-C in English, Math and a science subject.
  • Home Office Licence A-C or the completion of the modules ready to apply for HOL.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently when required.  
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping, requiring numeracy and computer literacy. 
  • Basic demonstrable knowledge of Home Office legislation and Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Experience in working in a designated establishment with laboratory animals.
  • Natural empathy towards animals with a genuine commitment to their care and welfare
  • High level of confidentiality.
  • Able to work weekends (typically 1 in 3).  

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide front line care and husbandry of research animals
  • Maintain complex breeding strategies under the guidance of the relevant researcher / user, and keenly observe animal behaviour, phenotypes, litter size and other factors which may have an impact on the research.
  • Feeding, watering, as well as preparation of specialist feeding regimes developed for varying developmental stages or requirements.
  • Monitor the health status of all animals through observation and regular health reports, reporting any adverse observations to the Project Licence Holder, NACWO or NVS as appropriate.
  • Assisting with maintenance of equipment, including fault finding and keeping high standards of hygiene and order.  
  • Maintaining detailed and accurate records of all animals, stock levels and procedures, through use of a computerised database. Monitoring environmental conditions by visual inspection of manual monitoring system and logging all findings.
  • Provide technical assistance with experimental protocols and surgical procedures. Undertake both regulated and non-regulated procedures required for the maintenance of stock and research animals.
  • Regular monitoring of emails from researchers and technical staff to ensure actions are carried out on time and when required.
  • Routine monitoring and maintenance of animal life support equipment, for instance, checking and changing of filters, checking the function of alarms.
  • Assisting with the training of new staff / work experience students, as scheduled by the NACWO. Advise research staff, users and students on the correct methods of handling and restraint of animals. 
  • The Head of Department may also from time to time require the job holder to perform other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.

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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