DVR Training Specialist - 63150

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Location: LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research 

Req ID: 90818

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the refinement, expansion and maintenance of the DVR training program.

  1. To provide training for animal care staff, veterinary technical staff, and research staff in animal handling and use (i.e. rodent handling, injection techniques, blood collection, gavage, etc.) and rodent survival surgery.
  2. Responsible for updating and maintaining the documentation associated with training/retraining/auditing.
  3.  Works closely with the DVR veterinary staff, husbandry staff, and the IACUC office to ensure appropriate levels of training are provided to animal users.
  4. Individual will be expected to work in multiple facilities with various species (rats, mice, rabbits, sheep, pigs, dogs, non-human primates and zebrafish).
  5. With minimal oversight, the successful candidate will coordinate, schedule and oversee all DVR related training activities.
  6. The candidate will also be responsible for analyzing and selecting various online training modules and coordinating the implementation and roll out of these newly available electronic resources.
  7. The candidate must possess excellent relationship building skills and must be able to work closely with all DVR managers and other CHOP departments to identify and prioritize topics within the training program.

Job Responsibilities

1. Training and Regulatory Document/Module Development

  • Prepare online training materials, lessons, and hands-on classes for DVR veterinary staff, DVR husbandry staff, CHOP investigators and lab staff.
  • Assist in the SOP review process, including creating and revising SOPs, and ensuring all SOPs are trained on effectively.
  • Develop, implement, and periodically update a multi-facility training program
  • Prepare, review, and maintain required training forms, employee training folders, and the CHOP training database.
  • Create, implement and maintain a comprehensive training and education curriculum for husbandry technicians of all levels


2. Training

  • Perform and develop New Hire husbandry technician training, veterinary staff training, mentor training, PI managed training plans and improvements.
  • SOP training: Ensure each employee is trained/proficient on current SOPs required for their position by performing employee assessments to verify proficiency
  • Provide training sessions to DVR staff working in all areas of the vivarium, which may include and is not limited to cage wash and biohazard areas 
  • Conduct components of new hire and promotion onboarding for both DVR and research staff
  • Conduct facility orientation for DVR staff as well as new researchers 
  • Facilitate AALAS certification review sessions to include regularly scheduled classes, preparation of lectures and assessments.
  • Develop and maintain a subject matter expert training program consisting of DVR staff that will assist with the large load of training that must be performed.


3. General Administrative

  • Review training prerequisites prior to scheduling trainees for lecture and/or hands on training.
  • Reserve room accommodations for regular training sessions.
  • Maintain the CHOP database as it applies to CHOP training.


4. Develop a facility wide shadowing program to provide an increase in job knowledge and to increase channels of communication.


Performs other duties as assigned 

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification OR Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) OR Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific discipline. 


Required Experience: Two (2) years of experience working in the laboratory animal field, including direct training experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree


Preferred Experience:

  • Three (3) years working as a training specialist in a laboratory animal program.
  • Previous experience performing necropsies.


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations: AALAS Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Working knowledge of all activities of an animal facility preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong teaching skills
  • Computer proficiency working with software such as MS Office products, Adobe Acrobat, and web browsers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced and ever changing environment.
  • Must be proficient in clearly conveying information and ideas to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives and achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
  • Drives high standards for individual, team, and organizational accomplishment; tenaciously work to meet or exceed challenging goals; derive satisfaction from goal achievement and continuous improvement.
  • Establish course of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animal care/use in biomedical research
  • Leadership Qualities & Expectations
    • Dependability — being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
    • Leadership — a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
    • Adaptability/Flexibility — being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.
    • Attention to Detail — being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
    • Self-Awareness — maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
    • Integrity — being honest and ethical.
    • Accountability – ownership of one’s actions and behaviors; responsibility to team and self.

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.

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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