Animal Research Support Specialist I
Philadelphia, PA 
Posted 17 days ago
Job Description

Location:LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research

Req ID:211911

Shift: Rotating

Employment Status:Regular - Full Time

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Job Summary

Under the direction of the Animal Research Support Specialist Supervisor, the primary responsibility of the Animal Research Support Specialist I is to provide veterinary support for scientific protocols involving rodents and large animal species. Duties also include observing animals and reporting abnormalities, sickness and injury. May assist in diagnostic and preventative procedures or treatment of animals. May assist in colony management. Maintains medical records and inventory. May assist in capture or restraint of animals. 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
  • Collect and record experimental data for procedures
  • 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
Job Responsibilities (Continued)


  • 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

General Administrative

  • Participate in development 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 Education and Experience

Required Education: High school diploma/GED

Required Experience: Six (6) months of veterinary technician experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:

  • Graduation from a 2-year veterinary technician program

Preferred Experience:

  • Three (3) years of veterinary technician experience
  • Previous experience with anesthesia and surgical support
  • Previous experience in a laboratory animal environment
  • Previous experience as an animal care technician

Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations:

  • AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification
  • Certified, Licensed or Registered veterinary technician certification (CVT, LVT, RVT)
Additional Technical Requirements
  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills
  • Ability to achieve project objectives on multiple, complex projects running simultaneously
  • Knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to animal care/use in research

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.
EEO / VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
2 to 3 years
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