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Animal Res Suppt Spec

Company name
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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Req ID: 18763

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the Laboratory Animal Research Support Specialist is to manage veterinary support of scientific protocols involving rodents and large animal species.  This position is responsible for providing investigator research support to include surgery, anesthesia, postoperative care and managing rodent breeding colonies.  This position serves as the department’s primary liaison for investigator research support needs in the current expanding research program.

Job Responsibilities

Research Support

Coordinate veterinary support of all protocols

Coordinate veterinary support of surgical programs

Coordinate veterinary support of imaging procedures

Advise investigators and program staff regarding procedural issues

Coordinate rodent and diagnostic sample shipping ensuring compliance with USDA and International Air Transport Association regulations

Ensure protocol adherence

Ensure necessary resources, supplies, animals and rooms are available for studies

Maintain surgical facilities

Collect and record experimental data for procedures

Provide postoperative care and monitoring

Quality Assurance

Oversee the coordination of animal procurement and receiving to ensure receipt of only disease free animals

Oversee quarantine programs

Manage preventative health programs

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 Laboratory Animal Services staff regarding utilization of research animals

Identify training needs of research technicians and faculty utilizing research animals

General Administrative

Develop and implement 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

B.S. degree in relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of 2 years of experience working with animals, anesthesia and surgical support OR

Associate’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of experience working with animals, anesthesia and surgical support OR

Certified/licensed veterinary technician with a minimum of 1 year years of experience working with animals, anesthesia and surgical support OR

AALAS LAT certification with a  minimum of 3 years of experience in the laboratory animal field

AALAS ALAT certification with a minimum of 4 years of experience in the laboratory animal field

Additional Technical Requirements

Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills

Ability to achieve project objectives on multiple, complex projects running simultaneously

Advanced 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.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

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.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.  Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

CHOP Careers Contact 

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 


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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start in 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Today, families facing complex conditions come to CHOP from all over the world, and our care and innovation has repeatedly earned us a spot on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of the nation's best children's hospitals.

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