Department: Oncology - Clinical Practice
Work Schedule/Hours: Monday - Friday - Flexible Some Weekends - 40/hrs
The Animal Cage Washer is Responsible for providing a clean and sterilized living environment for research animals.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Operate mechanical cage washing equipment, autoclaves and other sanitizing equipment.
Maintain adequate levels of cage wash chemicals.
Scrape and empty pans and cages of soiled bedding.
Pre-clean large animal cages for cage wash machinery.
Prepare clean rodent cages for autoclaving to include food, bedding, water bottles and appropriate covering.
Load assembled cages onto transport racks in preparation for sterilization by steam autoclave.
Load, operate and unload steam autoclaves.
Place processed bedding, feed and other related items into assembled, sanitized cages.
Maintain detailed records of maintenance schedules, detergent and disinfectant use, cage washer and autoclave performance tests.
Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on autoclaves and cage washers. Dispose of waste materials.
Sweep, mop and disinfect cage wash area at the end of each shift and take all trash to the dumpster.
Receive and stock feed and bedding in the storage area.
Perform additional cleaning and maintenance in preparation for inspections or as required.
Observe all safety policies and procedures and use equipment and chemical treatments properly to avoid harming animals, self, others and damaging property.