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 ensure 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.
The Animal Care Technologist is responsible for monitoring health and providing clinical care to laboratory animals on the Animal Health Service (AHS). The animals are evaluated daily in our large animal housing facility and at a minimum weekly in our rodent colonies at our Boston Campus and per assigned on the Medford campus. The technologist will follow the procedures and guidelines approved by these institutions. The Animal Care Technologist will also be responsible for the weekly investigator fee-for-service colony maintenance on the Rodent Breeding Service (RBS).
Associates Degree in Veterinary Sciences and 3-5 years Veterinary Technician or laboratory animal medicine experience, AALAS certifications recommended and technician will be required to achieve Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification within 3 years of employment.
The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, and/or Certified Veterinary Technician and 1-3 years of experience in related field with some level of AALAS certification, excellent writing skills, comfortable using the Microsoft Office Suite.
He or she would 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 with members of the investigative and Tufts CMS staff.
This individual would work effectively in a variety of situations; demonstrate good work habits; and show flexibility and initiative.