The Cardiovascular Research Center is a large research institute whose mission is to investigate the mechanisms and develop innovative treatments of cardiovascular disease.
This individual will have a major role in providing animal health, welfare, and other animal care and use duties at the Rhode Island Hospital and Coro facilities, comprising of clinical veterinary care, diagnostics, making and recording observations and treatments, dentistry, rodent health surveillance, and maintenance of specialized animal models.
The individual will provide in vivo research support including rodent and large animal anesthesia for surgical model development, post-operative care, imaging, dosing, and sample collection for studies in RIH and Coro.
• Review protocols prior to implementation. Ensure compliance with protocols. Submit protocol renewals.
• Maintain communication with the Program director, veterinarian, study director, and principal investigator to assure study compliance.
• Assume responsibility for scheduling tasks for the conduct of assigned studies, and communicating any needs to the CVRC director.
• Set up and prepare the operating room and catheterization laboratory for surgery. Knowledge of sterile preparation required.
• Perform live animal and cadaver preparation for surgery including administration of all required drugs.
• Perform a variety of surgical procedures depending on the protocol, as well as pre-, intra-, and post-operative monitoring.
• Collect samples/specimens and ensure they are labeled and stored appropriately. Samples that are to be sent out for testing are dispatched as soon as possible to assure that sample or specimen integrity is maintained.
• Perform routine and special procedures as determined by the principal investigator and the protocol.
• Perform routine examination of animals and provide treatment as prescribed by the attending or consulting veterinarians.
• Perform various animal husbandry and enrichment tasks in support of the program of veterinary care.
• Observe animals and assess clinical signs and symptoms
• Receive and transport animals and specimens.
• Ensure that all equipment is maintained in good working order through routine as well as annual preventive maintenance.
• Maintain monitoring programs to ensure compliance with all regulations.
• Maintain all required records/forms/logs in a complete and accurate manner as required by the function of the work area.
• Order and stock OR supplies.
• Maintain work and storage areas in a neat and organized fashion to assure the facility is prepared for inspections.
• Write and review SOPs and protocols.
• Review study data.
• Supervise and provide training for staff, investigators and research associates when needed.
• Assist CVRC Director with administrative duties such as billing, budgeting, archiving, and document control.
• CRL safety coordinator role including completing monthly safety check list.
• Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree and/or job appropriate advanced certification in anesthesia or surgery is preferred.
• The individual must have an excellent understanding of the biology and proper handling of various laboratory animal species (particularly rabbits) typically attained with 3-6 years relevant experience in a laboratory animal facility or equivalent.
• An AALAS certification of LAT is preferred.
• A strong background in anesthesia in rodents and large animals is strongly desirable.
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills are necessary.
• A working knowledge of the USDA and FDA regulations is preferred.
Applicants should email their CV and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Gideon Koren at Gideon_Koren@Brown.edu