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Animal Care Technician

JOB TITLE:  Animal Care Technician

LOCATION:  Rochester, MN

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

POSITION SUMMARY

Cytotheryx, an innovative biotech company focused on production of primary human hepatocytes in large animal models, is seeking a highly motivated Animal Care Technician. This position will report to the Production Manager and be responsible for the humane treatment of swine raised for the bio-tech industry. The candidate should have a general knowledge of swine and production. Excellent organization, communication skills, and attention to detail are required.         

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide daily care for animals including feeding, cleaning, breeding, farrowing, weaning and observation
  • Collect/enter/report data while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail and data integrity
  • Assist with surgical procedures and sample collection; prepare tissue, blood and other specimens for routine testing; assist veterinarians with animal health
  • Maintain facilities
  • Maintain proper personal protective equipment requirements and be diligent regarding proper PPE use of co-workers and guests
  • Manage logistics including feed delivery and waste
  • Assist Management in meeting Regulatory Compliance
  • Observe areas for quality improvement
  • Other duties as indicated

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Requires a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent; A.A. or greater in Animal Science preferred, but not required
  • Understanding of animal welfare
  • Solid understanding of swine husbandry

DESIRED KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to understand and execute on the company‚Äôs mission and values
  • Maintain a high degree of ethical standard and trustworthiness
  • Capable of fostering change in an organization
  • Deals with conflict in a direct, positive manner
  • Ability to think and adapt to a rapidly changing environment and demands
  • Fosters innovation through creative solutions
  • Positive interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals from a variety of levels and function
  • Strong team work attitude
  • Responsive, can-do attitude

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Prolonged standing
  • Moderate physical exertion during facility maintenance and transportation/handling of animals
  • Carrying, handling, lifting, and reaching for objects up to 50 pounds
  • Exposure to heat, noise, large animals, and chemicals, within safe limits
  • Breathing through face mask/respirators as conditions demand