Animal Care Specialist, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE)

Updated: about 2 months ago

Reports to: Laboratory Manager

Purpose: The animal care specialist is responsible for caring for animals in the clinical or research setting. The animal care specialist's duties include maintaining animal records, cleaning cages and other equipment, assisting in administering injections and medications, experimental protocols and preparing laboratory samples. In addition, they may be assigned tasks associated with analyses and surgical procedures in the Vivarium (animal housing) or transfer of material to analytical laboratories with I-GHHE.

Principal Accountabilities:  

  • Ensuring assigned animal labs’ readiness for housing, procedures and daily cleanliness
  • Conduct and maintain daily, or as requested, records on
  • Animal weight and health status
  • Water and food consumption
  • Monitored conditions of animals and facility (humidity/temperature) per PI protocols
  • Document fluctuations in colony due to protocols or unexpected mortality
    • Independently conduct and assist with
  • Administration of medication as provided by veterinarian
  • Administration of dosing regimens per experimental protocols (gavage, intraperitoneal, intramuscular)
  • Euthanasia and dissection for target tissue collection
  • Minor surgical procedures (suturing) as instructed by lab manager or PI
  • Major surgical procedures as assistant to PI or veterinarian
    • Sample collection and preliminary analyses of
  • Blood collection (tail vein; orbital)
  • Microscopy (hematology: cell count; hematocrit; hemoglobin)
    • Behavioral assessment in response to chemical testing
  • Home cage activity
  • Balance-beam assessment
  • Temperature and pain thresholds
  • Aversion testing
    • Assist in establishing protocols and training for students and faculty conducting research across AUC stakeholders
    • Liaison and work with contract veterinarian to implement and maintain Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) guidelines
    • Carry out instructions regarding animal health and/or treatment, as provided by the contract veterinarian, maintain records of visits and logging instructions
    • Supporting researchers in laboratory analyses, and procedures which may include dosing regimens, behavioral testing, surgical procedures, euthanasia and termination of studies
    • Maintain inventory and ordering of vivarium supplies such as bedding, feed, first aid and minor surgical supply, disinfectants, biohazard disposal systems
    • Perform minor biomedical analyses in hematology and immunology as assigned by manager or PIs
    • Maintaining the daily cleanliness and security of facility in terms access, best practices, individual environmental controls
    • Maintaining an updated inventory of all lab items (equipment, devices, tools, consumables) and animal per diem for charge-back to grants and user fees
    • Responsible for some heavy-lifting and outdoor activities
    • Perform other related tasks as assigned


    Minimum Education Requirement : 

    BSc in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, or veterinary technology or related field

    Experience :

    At least two years of experience or significant animal use during studies


    o  Able to work with minimal supervision and alone, when needed

    o  Good command of English and Arabic (spoken and written)

    o  Ability to handle animals and minor monitoring or analytical equipment, varied instrumentation for collection, including best practices in laboratory safety and hazard control

    o  Knowledge of computers, software, and network concepts in data collection and inventory (eg excel)

    o  Good background about contemporary animal safety and humane treatment as per the ethical guidelines

    o  Good troubleshooting and problem anticipation

    o  Good communication, interpersonal skills and analytical skills

    o  Time management and planning skills

    o  Can work under pressure and within a team

    o  Ability to train other staff members, students and faculty

    The position is open until July 25, 2021

    Placement is based on the candidate’s experience and skills. Only candidates who make it to the short list will be contacted.

     “We thank all individuals who have expressed interest in working at The American University in Cairo.”

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