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    Classified Staff Job Description

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    Classified Staff Employee Job Description

    Job Code: 030140
    Title: Animal Care Supervisor
    Pay Grade: 41
    Pay Range

    Purpose of Classification:
    Oversees and supervises an assigned area of a large animal facility or supervises all animal care aspects of a smaller facility. Plans and schedules the feeding and care of a variety of animals.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is sixth in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from the Animal Technologist in that incumbents spend the majority of time supervising and coordinating the animal care staff, developing and planning care and feeding programs and assisting in the development of policies and procedures for animal use.

    Example of Duties:
    • Supervises two or more full-time employees, or their equivalent, on a regular basis.
    • Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees, or makes related recommendations that are given particular weight.
    • Develops, plans and schedules the care and feeding programs for animals.
    • Inspects animal rooms for sanitation, proper operation of mechanical equipment and condition of the cages; ensures compliance with federal and departmental guidelines.
    • Checks health condition of animals and administers medication as prescribed by a veterinarian.
    • Assists in departmental planning of goals and objectives and assists in developing policies and procedures for animal use.
    • Oversees breeding colonies of various animals, making decisions as to which animals to use and how often they should be bred.
    • Consults with researchers about experiments involving animal use; gives advice on matters such as animal gestation period, proper handling and restraining of animals and cage requirements.
    • Allocates and assigns space for incoming animals.
    • Develops and/or participates in an animal care training program for researchers, staff and students; prepares and presents related material.
    • May assist veterinarians in animal surgeries, which includes anesthetizing, medicating and vaccinating animals.
    • Prepares and/or maintains various reports and files.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of the environmental conditions necessary for the care and use of laboratory animals.
    • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
    • Knowledge in the usage and maintenance of animal material and supplies.
    • Ability to effectively communicate.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • Bachelor's degree in Biological or Animal Science or related field AND three years animal husbandry experience which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR,
      • Associate's Degree in Animal Science or related field AND five years animal husbandry experience which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR,
      • Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
      • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).
      • Possession of a current Arizona Class "D" driver's license may be required upon employment.


      Revised: 01/19/2006

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