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Animal Nurture Technician

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-434

Job description / Role

Job Description:

The overall Objective of the Position:
- Responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in scientific and medical research and maintain breeding programs to fulfill the research needs

General Tasks:
- Recognize animal behavior and symptoms that indicate an illness or accident and report that to the veterinarian.
- Ensure all the animals have adequate amount of feed & water.
- Monitor the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, ventilation and lighting) in the animal rooms and report immediately in case of any variations
- Recognize animal behavior and symptoms that indicate an illness or accident and report that to the veterinarian.
- Record any deaths and dispose the carcasses according to the health protocols
- Maintain sanitation standards for animal rooms, pens and cages
- Operate Autoclaving equipment to sterile cages, lids, bottles, bedding and water
- Provide enough clean cages with fresh bedding for daily usage
- Transfer animals with a proper handling from dirty cages to clean cages (Bedding changing)
- Dispose waste bedding safely
- Receives animals into facility and placing animal into quarantine area
- Check the inventory of the feed, fresh bedding and cleaning detergents to ensure sufficient amount for daily usage

Specialized Tasks:

Daily Usage of Animals:
- Prepare the experimental animals as requested by the researchers according to the species, sex, weight and age.
- Record and report the daily usage of animals by the researchers
- Monitor the activities and the experimental procedures done on the animals by researchers and report any inhumane or unethical procedures to the Veterinary doctor.

Weekly Duties (Breeding):
- Maintains breeding colonies of various animals, for example:
• Wistar rats
• C57BL/6 mice
• Balb/c mice
• Knock out mice
• Rabbits
- Check for pregnant animals and record the date of birth for the newborns
- Weaning of newborns and group them according to sex, age and weight.
- Maintain labeling system to identify different species
- Select new pairs of animals to refresh the breeding cages
- Identify and isolate weak animals to be euthanized after been checked by the veterinarian doctor
- Monitor and control the population of the animal colonies according to assigned space<

Requirements

Minimum Qualification

- Diploma/B.Sc. with Appropriate Experience

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
- Knowledge in proper animal handling
- Knowledge in Laboratory techniques
- Knowledge in Hematology, Serology & Microbiology

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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