DEPARTMENT: Division of Veterinary Services





PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide routine sanitization of equipment, laboratory animal husbandry and care of research animals, including feeding, watering, changing animal cages, monitoring the health of the animal colonies, and maintaining the animal holding rooms and support areas in compliance with AAALAC standards for the Veterinary Services Division of a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents.

Provide quality husbandry and care for a variety of animal species; monitor and maintain the health status of the animals by ensuring cleanliness of animals, cages and facilities by maintaining food and water levels, minimizing potential contaminants, performing daily observations of animals, recording and reporting data.
Understands, adhere and maintain work areas in compliance with Local, State, and Federal regulations, AAALAC guidelines, divisional standards and established standard operation procedures. Follow safety procedures as outlined in standard operations procedures and request help if work deviates from routine. Maintain per diem sheets, daily log and other records as required. Identify and report emergency situations or problems as needed. Responsible for making routine decisions within limits prescribed by established policies or by area supervisor; perform duties at the desired level of competency. Work overtime, weekends and or holidays as scheduled. Respect patient rights for informed consent and the handling of confidential information as described by CCHMC's mission and applicable laws and regulations.
·Continuing Education
Attend as required Vet Services continuing education programs, CCHMC training session, including, laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogens, and OSHA. Comply with infectious control policies and procedures. Maintain currency in field through continuing education, literature, and seminars. Implement this knowledge into the Veterinary Services Division. Participate in improving organizational performance through recommending areas of approaches for improvement activities, performing new procedures, collecting data and providing input to department discussions.
·Customer Service
Provide services in a manner to be regularly and conveniently available to meet the needs; ensure that work areas are organized and present a safe, accessible, effective, and efficient environment.
·Other duties
Perform other duties as assigned through detailed instructions from Veterinary Services management staff.

Skills & Competencies
Using time efficiently and productively; prioritizing multiple tasks properly to meet deadlines; recognizing time constraints and adjusting work schedule to address them.
·Service Orientation
Demonstrating concern for customer needs and issues; patiently tolerating rudeness and anger and responding with tact and empathy; showing persistent enthusiasm during customer interactions
·Diversity Appreciation
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Possess finger dexterity, manual dexterity and motor coordination necessary to manipulate necessary tools/objects
·Physical Stamina - Moderate
Possess physical stamina sufficient to perform moderate lifting, frequent stooping, and extensive standing/walking
Setting and accomplishing challenging goals; taking satisfaction and pride in producing high quality work and excelling in one's efforts
Taking responsibility for one's actions and work; accepting the consequences of one's behavior; admitting mistakes
·Detail Orientation
Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them
Being open to change and considerable variety in work activities; effortlessly adjusting to new or changing situations and unexpected events; altering one's approach to tasks and projects with minimal loss of efficiency
·Independence and Teamwork
Ability to work autonomously, with independent judgment, as well as in a collaborative team environment.
Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.
·Positive Outlook
Believing good things are likely to happen and that one's actions will result in positive outcomes; demonstrating optimism in all circumstances; avoiding cynicism and remaining hopeful; believing the best of people and one's circumstances; demonstrating satisfaction at work.
·Work Ethic
Working hard to conscientiously and thoroughly complete work; pushing oneself to successfully continue working on a task in the face of obstacles or setbacks; working continuously and intensely over long periods of time
·Safety Orientation
Ability to ensure that work areas are organized and present a safe, accessible, effective and efficient environment for employees, patients and families; ability and motivation to attend required Cincinnati Children's safety training sessions and apply lessons learned
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills

·High School Graduate OR

·Work experience with animals
·AALAS certification