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Under the direction of Operations Manager of the Animal Care Program, provide direct daily management and operations of vivarium, direct supervision and coordination of workforce and indirect support and leadership for all SOM vivaria; the Animal Resources Supervisor maintains vivarium operation to ensure:1. Animal housing and care are compatible with all federal, state, University, and local requirements, as well as accreditation standards of AAALAC international. (Husbandry Efficacy). 2. Maximum efficiency of the human and material resources used for Animal housing and care at UCSD (Husbandry Efficiency). The Departmental Mission is to support researchers in the use of their animals. This requires continued and effective communications with the Animal Resources Manager and/or Operations Manager, investigators and laboratory staff, as well as the health and office units within the department. Coordinate the acquisition of various animal species, supplies and equipment; Arrange for maintenance on animal care equipment (equipment includes automatic ventilated cages, autoclaves, biosafety cabinets and cage washers). Manage large and complex vivaria housing colonies of experimental animals, with a daily average inventory in excess of 10,000 valuable and often irreplaceable transgenic, knock out and otherwise genetically manipulated mice, each type with varied physiological requirements. Coordinate personnel selection and training, assignment of space, and interdepartmental liaison; represent the animal resources facilities in discussions with departments and governmental agencies to assure that all animal regulations are observed; conduct cost studies of the present system or of the feasibility of changing or modifying the system; and recommend or provide data for per diem rates in recharge areas. Maintain animal records related to health and administration. Management of the barrier facility includes the operation and proper utilization of advanced rodent housing units, to accommodate colonies of transgenic rodents and a clean rodent rederivation quarantine facility located within the vivarium. Responsible for the technical and operations supervision of full-time animal care technicians, in a predominately Union environment. Determine personnel staffing and training requirements, selects staff members, and supervises training of personnel; determines needs and plans for new housing and caging and insures that caging meets required standards; inspects facilities in company with the clinical veterinarians; supervises record keeping involved in animal health, breeding, and consumption of feed; and makes cost studies and provides data for or recommends per diem charges
Supervises the daily operations of a single animal clinic or research facility or a group of small facilities, ensuring that animals receive proper husbandry and care and that the facility is in compliance with regulations and guidelines set by the department, the campus and governmental agencies. Receives assignments in the form of objectives with goals and the process by which to meet goals. Provides direction to staff according to established policies and management guidance. Recommends changes to department policies and practices. Identifies risks and responds accordingly.
Solid knowledge of animal care and safety and regulatory environments. Demonstrated knowledge of vivarium animal care processes and normal research animal behavior, care & nutrition.
Solid knowledge of facility management.
Solid skills in animal husbandry, record-keeping and inventory control. Knowledge of equipment used for care of animals (housing, sanitation, feeding, etc.).
Solid skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, motivation of staff and team-building. Ability t
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