Tufts Comparative Medicine Services (Tufts CMS) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides facilities, services, and information to facilitate effective research using laboratory animals at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Tufts University in Medford. Tufts CMS is also obligated to insure that animal care procedures and animal experimentation comply with federal, state, and local regulations. The management and operation of the animal care activities of all sites are integral to the animal care and use program. All centralized facilities are located within a 2-block radius, either in Boston or Medford and house in excess of 40,000 animals daily.
What You'll Do
The Animal Care Technologist is responsible for monitoring health and providing clinical care to laboratory animals in Veterinary Services (VS). The animals are evaluated daily in our large animal housing facility, and at a minimum weekly in our rodent and zebrafish colonies at our Boston Campus and per assigned on the Medford campus.
- Administer treatments and provides care to the animals as directed by the Tufts CMS veterinarian(s)
- Follows the procedures, guidelines, and policies and provides assistance for technical services
- Assists with the federally mandated program for teaching humane animal use procedures
- Conducts investigator training seminars and wet lab sessions on a monthly basis.
- Ensures compliance with facility regulations and expectations and state and federal regulations governing the use of animals in research for animals housed at this institution
- Reports on quality assurance findings to the Tufts CMS veterinarian(s) and assists in developing methods to correct items of non-compliance
- Serves in a weekend on-call schedule for animal health and facility emergencies
- May be assigned to perform health checking or husbandry related tasks on the Medford campus, as needed
What We're Looking For
- Knowledge and experience typically acquired through a completion of a Associates Degree in Veterinary Sciences and 2+ years Veterinary Technician or laboratory animal medicine experience
- AALAS certifications are ideal
- Technician will be required to achieve Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification within 3 years of employment
- Comfortable using the Microsoft Office Suite
- Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with investigative staff, and communicate animal health issues, compliance issues, training, facility issues, etc. in a professional collegial manner
- Bachelor's Degree in a related field, and/or Certified Veterinary Technician and years of experience in related field with some level of AALAS certification