Senior Animal Theatre Technician

LOCATION: Harrow   SALARY:  Dependent on Experience REF: ALS 2634

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This post is being advertised by Agenda Life Sciences on behalf of The Griffin Institute.

The Griffin Institute is a leading Medical Research and Surgical Training Institute based at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, with excellent transport links.

We are excited to recruit an experienced Senior Animal Theatre Technician, on a full-time basis Monday – Sunday. You will be joining our Theatre Services and be enthusiastic, highly skilled, self-motivated and experienced in working with large animals. Working with an impressive team, you’ll encounter fantastic learning experiences, training opportunities as well as a chance to progress further.

This post will report directly to the Study Director Lead and will be responsible for the daily activities in all our theatre areas, including assisting with anaesthesia during surgical procedures and training courses. The successful candidate will be required to work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of the job and the business including weekends and bank holidays (including Christmas and New Year)

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Compliance with GLP/Non GLP for studies and general work
  • Compliance of SOPs
  • Assisting with surgical preparation and procedures
  • Monitoring of animal welfare both pre and post regulated intervention
  • Anaesthesia, manoeuvring and monitoring of large and some small animals including induction, gas masking, intubations, I/V cannulation etc.
  • Carrying out Schedule 1 procedures
  • Maintaining GLP records
  • Working and implemented correct issues with GLP and compliance
  • Dealing with tissue disposal
  • Assisting with the running of courses
  • Autoclaving instruments and surgical kits
  • Assisting with post-mortem examinations and disposal of tissues
  • Maintaining consumable and drug stock levels
  • Acquiring quotes for surgical equipment, devices and consumables for specific courses and studies
  • Giving medication to animals via various routes

Essential Requirements:

  • Home Office personal licence holder
  • Knowledge of Animals Scientific Procedures Act (1986)
  • Teamwork & flexibility
  • Worked with large animals
  • Able to work on own initiative and be motivated
  • Substantial manual handling (will be trained)
  • Precise record keeping
  • A good standard of numeric and written skills
  • Excellent knowledge of IT and using Microsoft

Desirable Requirements:

  • Veterinary nursing background
  • Knowledge of theatres and procedures (including SOPs)
  • Working in a fast-paced environment, with ever changing needs
  • Knowledge of scientific research or similar background

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties, and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by their line manager, or CEO of the organisation.

If you are interested in applying, please send your current CV together with a covering letter explaining why you’re suitable for this role by emailing Judy Green:

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


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