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Animal Quality Assurance Specialist - H&O

Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
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Position Summary

Supports the animal resource program at Weill Cornell Medicine and occasional shared functions at Memorial Sloan\-Kettering Cancer Center\. The position has two principal roles: 1\) To assist with the design, conduct and implementation of the education and training program for the RARC Husbandry & Operations staff including hazardous agents; 2\) To address matters of compliance, principally through training, with regards to applicable Federal, State, institutional and departmental regulations within the animal care program with the EQA H&O Training Lead, EQAA and H&O Management\.

Job Responsibilities

+ Assists with implementation and expansion of current educational program\(s\) covering all phases of routine maintenance and animal husbandry, including orientation, hands\-on and didactic training and continuing education/training of all current ACTs\.

+ Provides primary instruction for continuing education/training of ACS where applicable\. Training includes standard husbandry and maintenance duties including animal handling, cage changing, animal health checks and other related activities\.

+ Functions as the principal instructor of voluntary annual AALAS certification classes\. Provides updates of ACT participation to ensure certification is accomplished within departmental guidelines\.

+ Assists in the development and revision of, and functions as the principal instructor for, training sessions accompanying ALAT/LAT/LATG didactic sessions\.

+ Assists in development and implementation of quality control programs to ensure proper practices are maintained\. Participates in the development and implementation of SOPs for training ACTs, sanitation and environmental monitoring\.

+ Instructs ACS in proper procedures to ensure adherence to disease prevention, control and treatment programs as determined by veterinary staff\. Reports on quality assurance findings and develops methods to correct items of non\-compliance\.

+ Assesses and makes recommendations on commercial availability of training materials \(e\.g\., video tapes, slide series, auto tutorials, etc\.\) regarding their appropriateness and effectiveness for RARC training needs\.

+ Keeps abreast of developments in methods, standards, and requirements for training in animal research and all current laws, regulations, and policies\. Maintains complete and accurate records of educational and training sessions\.

+ Interacts with USDA, NY State, and PHS Inspectors during facility inspections\. Assists with monitoring compliance of the occupational health and safety program for RARC H&O staff\. Maintains records of compliance reviews and correspondence\.

+ Assists in oversight of animal holding rooms/suites utilizing hazardous agents\. Trains and evaluates staff to ensure proper safeguards are followed\. Assists in development of guidelines and SOPs\.

+ Implements various RARC policies and procedures including animal health checks, sentinel animal program, environmental monitoring, and specialty card systems as described in standard operating procedures\.

+ Performs other duties as necessary, including but not limited to, coordinating positive reinforcement initiatives such as Laboratory Animal Technician Appreciation Week and implementing the Semi\-Annual ACS Performance Evaluation Program\.


+ Bachelor's Degree


Approximately 2\-4 years of direct or related experience\.

Laboratory research utilizing animal models, laboratory animal science program, teaching\.

AALAS certification at Laboratory Animal Technician \(LAT\) level or higher, and/or demonstrated equivalent experience\.

Employee is expected to obtain Laboratory Animal Technologist \(LATG\) certification within the time limits imposed by the certification organization\.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Detail oriented with superb organizational and interpersonal skills\.

+ Excellent communication skills \(both verbal and written\)\.

+ Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications\.

+ Must be capable of functioning independently with minimal supervision\.

Licenses and Certifications

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

May be required to travel off\-site for training\.

Occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs\.

Must be able to handle fractious animals\.

Potential exposure to animal bites and scratches, needles, and other sharp instruments, infectious agents, radioisotopes, toxi chemicals, and radiation\.

Exposure to a variety of animal species/workplace allergens\.

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world\. Our doctors and scientists\-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization\-are engaged in world\-class clinical care and cutting\-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies\. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U\.S\. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey\. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork\-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork\-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork\-Presbyterian/Queens\. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients \- the center of everything we do\. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer\.
Posted: 2018-11-09 Expires: 2018-12-10

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