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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.


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Thursday, November 12
The University of Chicago
KCBD (Corner of Drexel and 57th Street)
Room 1103
Map and directions

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by Envigo (formerly Harlan)
Presentation: 6:30 p.m. “The importance of a social life: lessons from rats”


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!


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.


Charles River Short Course
June 27-30, 2016
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AVAILABLE JOBS - listed below

Lead Lab Animal Care Technician - Loyola University (posted 10/15/15)
Research Support Facility Manager - DePaul University (posted 8/3/15)
Supervisor, Animal Husbandry - Rush University (posted 8/3/15)


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.

- 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.


Research Support Facility Manager will maintain the animal facility (research support facility) to ensure compliance with current standards outlined in the regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide) and in agreement with our assurance the Public Health Service (PHS). The Manager will also work with investigators to facilitate animal research at DePaul.

Responsibilities & Duties:
Manage the daily operation of the animal facility which includes: ensure adequate daily care of the animals within the facility, maintain equipment in the animal facility, keep animal facility records, train and supervise animal care staff along with providing orientation to new facility users.
Being an ex-officio non-voting Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) member and attend a monthly IACUC meeting.
Being a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and attend monthly meetings. Based on information gained from these meetings, assist investigators with adherence to federal and institutional regulations, guidelines, and policies regarding animal use and maintaining the RSF policy and procedure manual and emergency and disaster plan.
Assess and facilitate facility space and resource needs.
Work with investigators to provide adequate space and resources for their animal research needs.
Work with institutional officials to develop and execute plans for improvement and expansion of the facility when needed.
Manage a budget and ordering supplies for the facility.

Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in animal science, biology, zoology, or related discipline.
2-3 years experience in an animal research setting.

Preferred Requirements:
Advanced degree.
Some experience in facility maintenance or management.

Managerial responsibilities:
Decisions regarding the facility and the animals involved will be made regularly in consultation with federal and institutional guidelines.
Supervise a full time and part time animal technician.

Certifications & Licenses:
AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician certification or willingness to obtain certification after employment.

Other Skills & Abilities Required:
Knowledge of the pertinent animal welfare regulations and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Strong organizational, communication and writing skills.
Ability to work with and communicate with personnel on all levels, such as, faculty, students, staff, and animal care personnel.
Must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed.

Physical Requirements:
May need to be able to lift 20 pounds or more occasionally.

Cover Letter & Attachments:
You may upload attachments (cover letter, transcripts, portfolios, writing samples) in the “My Activities” tab of your profile.

Additional Information:

Salary & Benefits:
DePaul offers comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain talent to further the University's mission. Please click on the following link to review the full Benefits Summary. https://hr.depaul.edu/Benefits/index.html

For the Part Time Benefits Summary, click this link https://hr.depaul.edu/Benefits/Part-Time_Benefits/index.html

Go to this link to apply https://pshr.depaul.edu/psp/HRPRD92/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCH...

Required Background Screening:
All final candidates extended an offer of employment will undergo background screening.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.

For more information about the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, please visit:http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/about/ab_about.shtml

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Position Highlights:
Under administrative direction of the Senior & Associate Director, Comparative Research Center (CRC), the Supervisor of Animal Husbandry directly coordinates the daily animal husbandry and facility maintenance related functions of the Rush University Medical Center CRC and its associated satellite animal use facilities.

Position Responsibilities:
· Animal husbandry and facility maintenance
· Facility recordkeeping and documentation
· Daily monitoring of the facility equipment and supplies.
· Education and training of ACTs
· Participation in facility inspections & site visits

Staff Management Functions:
· Coordinates the daily work schedules and responsibilities and directly supervises ACTs
· Assists in the hiring process of ACTs
· Seeks advancement in the field of laboratory animal science

Position Qualifications Include:
· Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences preferred.
· AALAS certification at the LAT or LATG level
· Five years of experience in an AAALAC-I accredited laboratory animal care program.

Company Highlights:
· As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research.
· Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career.
· Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
· RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits & the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason prohibited by law.

To apply, please visit www.jobsatrush.com and search for job 2015-0659