Animal Research Support Specialist I:

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Location: LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research 

Req ID: 117154

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

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
  • Perioperative care including: induction, anesthesia monitoring and recovery


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



  • 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 Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Achieve AALAS ALAT certification within one year of placement into position.

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

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

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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