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The Chicago Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CBAALAS) is a non-profit educational organization of persons and institutions professionally concerned with the humane production, care, and study of laboratory animals and serves as a medium for the exchange of scientific information on laboratory animal care.

Events

UPCOMING GENERAL MEETING

Stay tuned for details on the next meeting.

CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS

The CBAALAS Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for the annual awards to be presented at the banquet in January 2016. Please take the time to recognize the outstanding members of your team by nominating them for an award!

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS DECEMBER 11, 2015

Facility Support Award: This award is for excellence in laboratory animal facility support. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals that provide essential support to the facility, such as cage wash technicians, census technicians, receiving and procurement, etc. Self nominations are also accepted. The award includes a $250 honorarium and plaque.
George R Collins Award: This award is for excellence in laboratory animal husbandry. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding animal care technicians. Self nominations are also accepted. The award includes a $250 honorarium and plaque.
Animal Health Technician of the Year Award: This award is for excellence in laboratory animal health care. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding animal health/veterinary technicians. The award includes a $250 honorarium and plaque.
Leadership Award: This award is for excellence in laboratory animal management. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding managers, supervisors, and team leaders. The award includes a $250 honorarium and plaque.
Robert J Flynn Award: This award is for dedicated service to CBAALAS and AALAS. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals that have actively contributed to both CBAALAS and AALAS (e.g. serving on the AALAS Board of Trustees, other National AALAS committees, CBAALAS Board, etc). The award includes a plaque.

It's time to nominate deserving colleagues for one of the CBAALAS awards.

UPCOMING MEETING

Charles River Short Course
June 27-30, 2016
Click here for details

AVAILABLE JOBS - listed below

Laboratory Animal Care Supervisor - University of Illinois at Chicago (posted 12/1/15)
Supervisor - Charles River Midwest (posted 11/30/15)
Lead Lab Animal Care Technician - Loyola University (posted 10/15/15)

LABORATORY ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR

Biological Resources Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago

Employees in this position supervise lower-level personnel and/or supervise a function/procedure in laboratory animal care operation/setting and/or oversee facilities or important units within larger facilities. Primary duties include the management of activities required for the proper care and maintenance of laboratory animals and research facilities, ensuring staff follow all SOP's and quality standards and providing resolutions to operational issues.

Laboratory Animal Care Supervisors train and supervise staff, establish work priorities, coordinate and organize work schedules, develop and maintain effective teamwork with staff, management and research staff. Oversee daily inspection of animals, equipment, supplies, and related service areas of the facility for compliance with standards and prepares standard operation procedures for animal care, room sanitation, environmental control, and use of equipment. Assists in planning and implementation of animal care on-the-job and formal training programs and evaluates reports from lower-level staff of changes in observed animal health status and/or outward signs of disease to determine professional assistance and/or action necessary. Provides technical assistance by assisting the veterinarian with medical treatment and special medical care for animals and advises research investigators and/or departmental representatives on animal care services, federal and state animal utilization regulations, accreditation requirements, and institution’s animal care policies.

Minimum Acceptable Requirements
CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER

1. High school graduation or GED
2. Any combination totaling four (4) years from the following categories:
(a) Progressively more responsible laboratory animal care experience performing duties comparable to those listed for the Laboratory Animal Care Technician and/or Laboratory Animal Care Specialist
Or
(b) Vocational training specifically related to the classification (such as community college or vocational programs)
Note – Only a maximum of two (2) years can be applied as vocational training/course work
Or
(c) College course work related to animal care (such as veterinary technology) or to basic animal sciences (such as biological sciences or animal science) as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
60 semester hours equals one year
90 semester hours equals two years
120 semester hours equals three years
Note – Only a maximum of three (3) years can be applied as college course work
Or
(d) One of the following AALAS certifications:
Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification or an equivalent certification
Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) certification or an equivalent or higher certification
Note – Certifications can be measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent
LATG certification or an equivalent certification equals three years of experience
CMAR certification or an equivalent or higher certification equals four years of experience

Strongly Desired Qualifications
• Five to six years of experience in a dynamic animal research facility, including a year of experience as team leader on teams of three people or more
• Strong leadership skills
• Experience working with a variety of common research animals and experience with health and sanitization records, and records to support compliance with the USDA, Public Health Service, FDA, EPA and AAALAC
• Experience performing common procedures in research animals such as chemical and physical restraint, injections and blood collection in a variety of species
• Experience working with bio and chemical hazards in biosafety class II cabinets
• LATG Certification

To Apply:

For fullest consideration, please complete an online employment application at the following link:

https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=57581&job=laboratory-an...

Select Proceed to Application button below AND submit an Exam Request for Laboratory Animal Care Supervisor. If a degree or college coursework is required you must provide official transcripts.
For fullest consideration, the above mentioned requirements must be submitted no later than Friday, January 15, 2016.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

SUPERVISOR

Description:
The Supervisor will be responsible for managing the day to day operations and supervising animal caretakers a veterinary services facilities. Husbandry is provided for laboratory, companion, and large animals. These responsibilities include: Daily scheduling and oversight of caretakers to ensure all animal husbandry and facility sanitization is completed as required. Schedule caretaker assistance for R&D and QC studies/tests as requested. Attend pre-study meetings with R&D scientists to schedule upcoming animal work. Work with Facilities Coordinator to ensure facilities are ready according to established schedules. Consult with site veterinarians to ensure animal health and site biosecurity.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Prepare daily work schedules for animal caretakers.
• Schedule caretaker assistance for R&D and QC studies/tests as requested.
• Establishes relationships with key stakeholders to ensure R&D and QC studies/tests are effectively supported
• Attend pre-study meetings with R&D scientists to schedule upcoming animal work.
• Assist with ensuring facilities are maintained and ready according to established schedules.
• Consult with site veterinarians to ensure animal health and site biosecurity.
• Develops new approaches to established procedures, such as standard operating procedures and Animal Care operations
• Maintain a current knowledge of pertinent regulatory requirements especially: SOPs, GXPs, IACUC, Animal Welfare Act, and AAALAC International.
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Assist animal caretakers in the preparation for AALAS certification

Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or Biology preferred and 2 years of related work experience within the animal health industry
• LATG and CMAR preferable
• Demonstrated skills/training in personnel supervision, generally accepted husbandry practices for laboratory, companion, and large animals, and biosecurity.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, project management, written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in MS Office programs.
• Ability to effectively coordinate personnel and physical resources in the conduct of animal studies
• 1 - 3 years of leadership/management experience

LEAD LAB ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN

Loyola University Chicago – Health Sciences Division, Maywood, IL

Job Duties/Responsibilities:
- Provides orientation and training of Technicians in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); monitors performance of Technicians; oversees operations of daily and monthly work schedules.
- Responsible for enforcement of policies and procedures by CMF husbandry staff including initiation of disciplinary procedures as needed.
- Maintains physical plant in accordance with federal regulations and AAALAC standards.
- Responsible for the initiation, status and progress of work orders pertaining to facility maintenance and repair items, status of equipment repair and procurement.
- Monitors and ensures compliance with environmental factors in animal rooms and support areas; including husbandry duties, temperature, humidity and light cycles.
- Monitors facility security. Maintains fiscal accountability for the husbandry section.
- Oversees maintenance of permanent data such as: individual animal records, including experimental records; environmental records, including temperature, humidity and light cycles; husbandry logs; animal census tracking; equipment and supply inventory.
- Responsible to the Assistant Director for reports as assigned. Assists in development and revision of SOPs.
- Assures departmental compliance with all federal regulations (OLAW, USDA, FDA) and accreditation standards (AAALAC International).
- Assists and trains research staff in proper access to the animal housing facilities; restraint and handling techniques and other specialized techniques as assigned.
- Responsible for coordination of incoming and outgoing animal shipments, assignment of animal housing and proper space utilization. Responsible for oversight of specialty programs such as breeding colonies, barrier facilities, biohazards, quarantine and isolation.
- Performs routine husbandry of laboratory animals to include observation of animals, handling and restraint, feeding and watering, and changing cages/racks. Prepares animal cages, racks and water bottles as needed. Cleans and/or disinfects animal's rooms, facility service areas and equipment. Provides exercise and enrichment as required by federal regulations.
- Performs animal identification procedures and administer medication as directed by the Veterinarian. Writes reports of illness and make notes in the individual animal records. Follows up on animal treatment reporting any changes to the Veterinarian.
- Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience:
Bachelor's in Biology, Animal Science or related field with three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience in laboratory animal science or veterinary medicine. Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) Certification preferred.

Qualifications:
- Knowledge of Rodent Colony/Barrier Management.
- Experience in scheduling and leading employees.
- Knowledge of Federal regulations and AAALAC standards.
- LATG Certification preferred. Required after one year.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.