Vanderbilt University Medical Center Associate Animal Care Tech in Nashville, Tennessee

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JOB SUMMARY:

Learns and applies technical animal husbandry skills for the care of multiple animal colonies, with regular guidance. Operates within existing regulations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participates in the cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.

  • Provides routine care of research animals. Performs daily checks for animal health and welfare and maintains adequate supply levels in animal quarters.

  • Monitors and reports on environmental room and housing conditions.

  • Develops ability to recognize and report potential clinical abnormalities and/or irregularities in lab animals.

  • Euthanizes all species according to established regulations.

  • Maintains accurate and prompt records in accordance with outlined procedures.

  • Follows procedures to comply with operating and regulatory requirements related to care of laboratory animals.

TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES:

COMMUNICATION (NOVICE): - Clearly, effectively and respectfully communicates to employees or customers.

CUSTOMER SERVICE (NOVICE): - A continuing focus on the needs and requirements of customers, anticipating their needs, remaining sensitive to customers while performing services for them, responsive to customer needs.

JUDGEMENT AND DECISION-MAKING (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): Able to make decisions effectively and accurately in an environment which may be fast-paced or changing. Considers a wide range of alternatives, including those which may fall outside of the scope of the task at hand, before making a decision.

PLANNING (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Plans work to complete projects on time. Competently handles multiple assignments simultaneously. Able to be flexible to meet changing customer needs with minimal disruption and loss of productivity. Uses time efficiently.

ANIMAL CARE KNOWLEDGE (NOVICE): Knowledgeable on the needs, treatment, and husbandry for different animal species. Able to ensure their welfare, nutrition, and safety.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Demonstrates knowledge of the appropriate rules and regulations and apply them in difficult, stressful and complex situations. Able to interpret and explain rules and regulations that are ambiguous or unclear. Directs others in interpreting rules and regulations on the job and trains others in them.

LABORATORY ANIMAL DISEASES (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): Knowledge of and experience with laboratory animal diseases, outbreaks, methods of spread, and methods of limiting disease.

CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Organizational Impact: Performs clearly defined tasks and methods described in detail to achieve standardized solutions that impact own performance with regular guidance.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Follows a well established process to solve routine problems where solutions are clearly prescribed.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has basic job knowledge of systems and procedures that are common to own job.

  • Team Interaction: Individually contributes to the team.

CORE CAPABILITIES:

SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (S1):

    • Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
    • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
    • Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.

DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (S1):

    • Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
    • Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.
    • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.

ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (S1):

    • Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards Ensures continuous improvement.
    • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
    • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.

MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (S1):

    • Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
    • Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
    • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.

FOSTERING INNOVATION (S1):

    • Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
    • Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
    • Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.

High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year relevant experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.

Movement

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying over 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent: Crawling:Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • Frequent: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Frequent: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Continuous: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Continuous: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Continuous: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Continuous: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Continuous: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Continuous: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Continuous: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Continuous: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.

Sensory

  • Occasional: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.

  • Occasional: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.

  • Frequent: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

Job Research

Organization: DAC - MCNIII Husbandry Care 104098

Title: Associate Animal Care Tech

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1806497