Animal Behavior Managment Specialist

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 26120

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Works closely with the DVR Veterinary medical and animal care staff to design, develop and implement an integrated program of animal care and behavioral management that is consistent with departmental, institutional, and federal regulations. Provides direct oversight of the department’s animal behavioral management and enrichment program, which covers nonhuman primate, farm animal, companion animal, and rodent species.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Manages social housing requirements for all species.
    1. Determines potential social partners, completes social introductions, monitors progress, and makes decisions about outcomes of introductions.
  2. Identifies animals that are in need of specialized interventions for observed behavioral problems.
    1. Ensures follow through for prescribed behavioral plans for these animals and provides feedback to veterinary staff about their effectiveness.
  3. Designs, develops, and implements new enrichment techniques and ideas for enhancing captive environments.
    1. Assesses interventions with regards to practicality, use by animals, and efficacy for improving behavior.
    2. Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and in consultation with the DVR Veterinary staff, implements changes in practices to match the most current industry standards.
  4. Designs, develops, and implements animal training procedures.
    1. Oversees and enacts training programs that encourage cooperative participation in research activities by animals.
  5. Demonstrates and trains staff members in proper behavioral techniques and use of equipment.
  6. Reviews and implements written departmental policies and standard operating procedures to ensure accreditation and compliance departmental, institutional, and federal regulations.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

AALAS LAT or LATG certification within one year of placement into position

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific discipline (e.g., biology, wildlife management, zoology, etc.)



Required Experience:

  • At least two (2) years working in a laboratory animal field.
  • At least two (2) years of experience implementing animal enrichment programs and mediating nonhuman primate social introductions.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: At least two (2) years’ experience managing a research animal enrichment and behavioral management program.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of positive reinforcement training methods for implementing voluntary cooperative participation in research procedures by nonhuman primates and other species.                                                                                                                                                       
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with all levels of personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to train research and animal care personnel
  • Able to balance multiple priorities
  • Ability to receive, handle and maintain confidential information
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animal care and use in biomedical research

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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