UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Specification for Class
ANIMAL TECHNICIAN 1
UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP
17724 (NE S SEIU 925 Non Supv)
20538 (NE H SEIU 925 Non Supv)
CLASS SERIES CONCEPT
Perform animal care duties; provide care for animals and animal facilities.
Perform routine husbandry tasks involved in the care and feeding of animals, and maintenance of animal facilities.
First-level class of series.
Provide food and water to animals in accordance with established policies and procedures;
Handle, restrain, weigh and determine the sex of common laboratory animals;
Transfer animals from soiled to clean enclosures making sure to maintain individual animal identity; prepare animal quarters in accordance with specified procedures; label all cages appropriately;
Wean and separate animals in accordance with specified procedures and/or schedule;
Maintain separation of animals of different health or experimental statuses; observe precautions to avoid cross-contamination;
Clean and/or sterilize cages, pans, runs and surrounding premises including walls, floors, windows, food preparation rooms and cage washing areas according to specified procedures;
Observe animals for abnormalities and report observations;
Maintain written and electronic records and logs related to feeding, care, observation, and animal census and identification;
Report deviations from animal feeding and care instructions and/or schedule;
Maintain equipment and premises in accordance with specified standards; ensure that temperature, water pressure, humidity and lighting remain within acceptable ranges; read and record data; report deviations;
Assist with the delivery of animals to the facility and the transportation of animals within the facility;
Dispose animal carcasses in accordance with facility, state and federal requirements;
Monitor inventory levels and stock and maintain supplies;
Operate machinery as directed (e.g., change stations, floor scrubbers, animal racks);
Assist with basic cagewash duties (e.g., operate autoclaves, rack washers, and tunnel washers), as needed;
Maintain appropriate communications with research personnel, supervisors, and co-workers;
Attend meetings and continuing education;
May lift heavy animals, cages, supplies and/or equipment;
May provide animal husbandry duties in biocontainment or bio exclusion areas.
May occasionally operate departmental vehicles;
Perform related duties as required.
Physical ability to do required work; ability to read, write, and communicate orally in English.
New Class: 1-03-73
Revise Class: 12-07-78
Revise Class: 10-22-84
CSR Class Conversion (mc) and change from job code 4724 to525E: 06-01-05
New to SEIU and assigned UW code 7724: 5-1-08
Revise Class: 9-1-2020