Animal Care Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Oversees and supervises an assigned area of a large animal facility
or supervises all animal care aspects of a smaller facility. Plans
and schedules the feeding and care of a variety of animals.
sixth in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from
the Animal Technologist in that incumbents spend the majority of
time supervising and coordinating the animal care staff, developing
and planning care and feeding programs and assisting in the
development of policies and procedures for animal use.
Examples of Duties:
- Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned
employees or makes effective suggestions and recommendations
that are given particular weight regarding the employment status
of assigned employees.
- Develops, plans and schedules the care and feeding programs
- Inspects animal rooms for sanitation, proper operation of
mechanical equipment and condition of the cages; ensures
compliance with federal and departmental guidelines.
- Checks health conditions of animals and administers
medication as prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Assists in departmental planning of goals and objectives and
assists in developing policies and procedures for animal use.
- Oversees breeding colonies of various animals, making
decisions as to which animals to use and how often they should
- Consults with researchers about experiments involving animal
use; gives advice on matters such as animal gestation period,
proper handling and restraining of animals and cage
- Allocates and assigns space for incoming animals.
- Develops and/or participates in an animal care training
program for researchers, staff and students; prepares and
presents related material.
- May assist veterinarians in animal surgeries, which includes
anesthetizing, medicating and vaccinating animals.
- Prepares and/or maintains various reports and files.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the environmental conditions necessary for the
care and use of laboratory animals.
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge in the usage and maintenance of animal material
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or Animal Science or related
field AND three (3) years of animal husbandry experience which
includes one (1)year of direct supervisory experience, AND American
Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a
Laboratory Animal Technologist; OR, An Associate's Degree in
Biological or Animal Science or related field AND five (5) years
animal husbandry experience which includes one (1) year of direct
supervisory experience, AND American Association for Laboratory
Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist;
OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from
which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved,
AND American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification
as a Laboratory Animal Technologist.
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