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JOB SUMMARY: Supervise and coordinate the daily husbandry of the animal facility to ensure compliance with existing regulations and departmental SOPs; provides new and continuing training of personnel; maintains records in accordance with departmental SOPs
CLEANING: Supervises and participates in the cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
Supervises and/or participates in the rotation of animal cages and racks for cleaning following established schedule.
Provides technical care and management for all species.
Supervise and inspects animal rooms for sanitation, proper operation of all mechanical equipment and condition of cages.
House animals in caging systems that control disease transmission at the cage level and perform aseptic caging changing techniques.
Supervise and /or sweeps and mops animal quarters thoroughly.
Supervise and/or disinfects walls and sanitizes animal quarters using appropriate compounds and techniques.
Performs additional cleaning of area as required, or upon request.
Follow SOPs for all species regarding cage changing and room cleaning.
Notifies Facility Manager of any variance from assigned room cleaning schedule.
ANIMAL CARE: Supervise and provides routine care of research animals
Oversees and ensures animals are fed in assigned areas following established schedule.
Oversees and ensures animal care provide adequate food and water as required.
Monitors and check animals daily to identify sick animals, notifies veterinary technician of any unusual conditions.
Recognizes common signs of clinical illness and or irregularities in lab animals, including variations of dietary habits, abnormal stool or urine, unusual behavior, or any other observations relating to the animals health or well being.
Assists Veterinary Technician by restraining animals for minor procedures.
Administers medications (pills, injections) on weekends and as instructed.
Knowledgeable concerning anatomic variations among laboratory animals, modes of disease control, including isolation and quarantine.
Trains and supervise animal care with regard to euthanizing all species according to Animal Welfare Act and the Guide.
Supervise the receipt, checks in animals and materials and delivers to correct locations.
Scheduling Staff: Supervise animal care to ensure timely and accurate completion of tasks.
Monitors and assists animal care staff with daily assigned task for timely completion.
Makes necessary adjustments and reassignments to animal care staffs daily assignments according to Facility Managers direction.
Explains to the employee clearly what his/her responsibilities are and the standard of performance.
Brings to the Facility Manager any areas which an animal care staff needs performance improvement.
Offer guidance for improving performance to the employee.
Ensures that all animal care staff follows departmental SOPs.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Monitors and controls environmental conditions.
Monitors and reports all variations of species standard temperature, ventilation and lighting in animal rooms and related areas.
Adjusts conditions as required.
Notifies Facility Manager of problems with related equipment (heating/air-conditioning systems, etc.).
Makes minor repairs to equipment i.e. automatic watering, light timers, racks, etc.
Reports problems or implements changes to correct environmental deficiencies.
Knowledge of the regulations of the all laboratory species environmental guidelines as defined by Animal Welfare Act and the Guide.
INVENTORY CONTROL: Monitors supplies for specific animal quarters.
Maintains and assists facility manager in ordering supplies by monitoring levels on an ongoing basis.
Checks and supervises animal care staff for the availability of supplies and restocks all areas as required.
Advises Facility manager of shortages in timely manner.
EQUIPMENT/FURNITURE: Assists with relocation of laboratory equipment and furniture
Supervises the transportation of laboratory equipment, animals and/or furniture to new locations, as instructed.
Ensures assignments are completed on timely basis.
Reports delays or problems to Facility manager.
Orders and maintains an inventory of Laboratory supplies.
Ensures adequate levels of Laboratory supplies are available on an ongoing basis.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: Assists in ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements related to care of laboratory animals.
Maintains awareness of regulatory requirements applicable to responsibilities.
Follows and trains departmental procedures in order to implement Enrichment Program for canine and primate animals.
Ensures all animal care monitors and controls breeding and reproductive programs in accordance with established procedures.
Supervises and records information pertinent to the species into required animal records.
Ensures necessary documentation is maintained up-to-date and thorough.
Report any unknown persons or persons in facility without VU badge to immediate supervisor and/or security.
TRAINING: Train new DAC and Research staff.
Explains work procedures and methods clearly and accurately in accordance with Facility Manager Instructions.
Functions as a resource to junior staff concerning procedural questions and minor problems.
Train new personnel basic techniques pertinent to each species, including proper animal handling and care.
Coordinates and assigns new employees to animal care staff knowledgeable in areas they will be working.
Encourage staff to pursue higher education, certifications and seek professional growth. AALAS certification at various levels.
Distributes educational material/literature to the staff as it becomes available.
Support and assist new research staff when new to Animal Care Facilities.
COMMUNICATIONS/RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Cooperates and communicates courteously, professionally, and effectively with all Medical Center staff (include physicians, patients, their families, and general public).
Maintains confidentiality of patient, physician, and hospital related information.
Listens carefully to others in order to respond appropriately, answer questions, or obtain needed information.
Communication ideas, problems, suggestions, and messages in timely and effective manner.
Recognizes problems and seeks solutions as appropriate. Is able to determine when problem should be referred to supervisor or requires follow-up attention.
Seeks information necessary for accurate completion of job duties; uses reference materials to ensure accuracy.
Makes appropriate suggestions which would enhance or benefit area or department.
Offers assistance to others when appropriate.
Maintains work area in neat and orderly manner.
Demonstrates an ability and desire to learn more skills/function.
Responsible for maintaining high level of job competence through continuing education programs.
PLANNING AND TIME UTILIZATION
Demonstrates ability to recognize, establish and attend to priorities.
Strives to make good use of time during assigned shift through careful coordination of daily tasks.
Demonstrates adaptability by adjusting well to changes in scheduling.
Provides proper notification of absences or tardiness.
Arrives to work, on time as scheduled.
Does not abuse sick time.
Adheres to the policies and procedures of the department and the Medical Center concerning requests for vacation time, sick time, personal days, overtime, and paid/unpaid leaves.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Maintains a professional appearance; wears an identification badge at all times.
Adheres to Medical Center and departmental guidelines concerning rules of conduct, safety, etc. as outlined in the Employee Staff Handbook.
Knows how to operate an eye wash station.
Reports any problems with access card to supervisor.
Reports any unknown persons in facility without VU badge to immediate supervisor.
RECORDKEEPING: Maintains a variety of records (log of room activities, animal census sheets).
Supervises animal care staff in recording information accurately and promptly.
Supervises animal care staff and completes recordkeeping in accordance with outlined procedures.
Maintains and supervises animal care records in an organized and up-to-date manner.
Recognize and report areas of noncompliance; overcrowding, unauthorized movement of animals, and protocols
Notifies Facility Manager with questions or concerns regarding various daily records or logs
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.