Animal Research Supp Spec II

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 25259

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Animal Research Support Specialist Supervisor, assists DVR veterinarians and researchers in anesthesia, surgery, post-operative care, radiology, animal care and treatments. Observes animals and reports abnormalities, sickness and injury. Assists with diagnostic, preventative and research procedures. Under minimal supervision may perform minor surgical or other non-invasive procedures. Assists with colony management. May assist with data collection or reporting for designated aspects of research, animal care program or colony management. May participate in the environmental enrichment program. Maintains animal records and inventory as needed. Assists in capture and restraint of animals. Assists in training new veterinary and/or animal care technicians. Performs related responsibilities as required. 

Job Responsibilities

Research Support

  • Advise investigators and program staff regarding procedural issues
  • Ensure necessary resources, supplies, animals and rooms are available for studies
  • Maintain surgical facilities
  • Collect and record experimental data for procedures
  • Provide anesthesia support, postoperative care and monitoring
  • Observe animals and report abnormalities, sickness, and injury
  • Maintains departmental medical records and inventory
  • Assist in diagnostic and preventive procedures or treatment of animals


Quality Assurance

  • Oversee the coordination of animal procurement and receiving to ensure receipt of only disease free animals
  • Conduct necropsies and collect biological samples for diagnostics to include parasitology, bacteriology, serology and histopathology
  • Ensure compliance with IACUC protocols



  • Interpret relevant policies and procedures for incoming investigators and staff
  • Conduct training of research technicians, faculty, and Department of Veterinary Resources staff regarding utilization of research animals, as needed
  • Identify training needs of research technicians and faculty utilizing research animals


General Administrative

  • Assist with developing and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure accreditation and compliance with federal laws
  • Maintain detailed animal health and diagnostic test records
  • Maintain records in accordance with relevant agency guidelines to include the state of Pennsylvania, Public Health Service, the USDA, and AAALAC.


Other duties as assigned

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations


AALAS LAT certification within one year of placement into position

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: High School Diploma/GED


Required Experience:

  • At least two (2) years of veterinary technician experience in a laboratory animal setting

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in related field or graduation from a 2-year veterinary technician program


Preferred Experience:

  • At least two (2) years of experience providing anesthesia/surgical support
  • At least four (4) years of veterinary technician experience in a laboratory animal setting                                

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to achieve project objectives on multiple, complex projects running simultaneously
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animal care/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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