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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Breeding Colony Specialist, Lead in New York, New York

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes. For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time.Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Description

Did you know we offer breeding colony specialist roles?

The bi-institutional Husbandry and Operations provides monitoring and humane care for all animals housed within Memorial Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medical College vivaria 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

This section is comprised of over 150 Animal Care Technicians, Facility Supervisors and Managers caring for upwards of 250,000 animals. Many of our employees are certified at various levels of competence by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, an association of professionals that advances responsible laboratory animal care and used to benefit people and animals. These certifications demonstrate a deep understanding of the knowledge and required skillset in this field. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care to the animals in our charge to improve research and animal management at MSKCC and WCMC.

Key responsibilities include provides supervision and training of Breeding Colony Specialists with support from manager. Also performs all duties related to Breeding Colony Specialist - key responsibilities include independently managing and maintaining productive and healthy rodent breeding colonies to support research at CCMP. Also generate the appropriate numbers of mice of the correct genotype and age as requested by investigative staff, harvesting tissues for genotyping, interacting extensively with investigative staff, record keeping, billing, identifying animal health issues, and other associated tasks.

In this position, you will be responsible for:

  • setting up matings

  • performing plug/pregnancy checks

  • weaning litters

  • retiring breeding pairs/cohorts

  • identification of animals

  • troubleshooting of breeding issues in consultation and collaboration with RARC Veterinary staff

  • colony maintenance

  • Initiates transfer of animals to investigators using EnCCoMPass.

  • Perform husbandry and clinical services

  • crafting and transporting cages

  • generating labels/tags for cage identification and breeding records

  • performing injections (IP, IV, RO, SC) for investigators

  • performing euthanasia of neonatal and adult mice using appropriate methods including cervical dislocation

  • treating animals with clinical issues

  • Perform accurate data/record keeping of mouse colonies through use of Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, or other appropriate methodologies.

  • Compile costs and recharges investigators for services and supplies provided or dispensed by the department.

  • Communicates with investigators, colony management staff, and RARC Operations staff verbally & electronically regarding breeding colony management and address issues and problems.

Do you have this experience?

  • 1-2 years mouse husbandry experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinarian Technology, Animal Science, or Biology, preferred

  • AALAS certification at Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level or higher or Academy of Surgical Research (ASR) certification (any level) or Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) from a regionally and nationally accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent, preferred.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician with certification at the AALAS LATG level, preferred.



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Requisition ID2019-32608

CategoryResearch - Laboratory

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