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Generic Job Description - Animal Science Coordinator

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Animal Science Coordinator
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Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, oversees the day-to-day operations of an animal facility. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others and participates in their training. Establishes priorities and schedules of projects. Coordinates execution of projects. Develops procedures and makes recommendations to improve unit efficiency. Develops methodology. Performs technical and animal husbandry duties related to housing, maintenance, experimental use and breeding of animals. Participates in projects and experiments. Administers medications. Acts as resource person. Administers accounts. Prepares budget proposals. Maintains records. Maintains equipment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Oversees the day-to-day operations of an animal science facility. Coordinates the execution of experiments, projects and services. Establishes priorities and ensures adherence to schedules. Ensures efficiency and quality of output.

2. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others and participates in their training.

3. Participates in the development and implementation of unit procedures and work methods. Makes recommendations to improve unit efficiency, including recommendations on staff requirements.

4. Reviews, tests, evaluates and modifies equipment and methodology. Develops methodology. Assesses equipment needs. Coordinates the provision of equipment. Designs and fabricates specialized equipment as required.

5. Performs technical duties related to animal husbandry. Participates in projects and experiments.

6. Receives requisitions for animals. Selects, purchases and houses animals in accordance with the specified criteria (age, weight, gender, strain, special handling instructions, etc. ).

7. Verifies and monitors the animals' state of health. Observes and notes their behaviour. Verifies feed consumption. Performs basic examinations.

8. Assumes responsibility for the care, feeding, handling and moving of animals. Verifies and monitors environmental conditions and the hygiene and accommodations of animals.

9. Administers medications and treatments prescribed for animals.

10. Breeds, identifies and segregates animals.

11. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.

12. Maintains records pertaining to costs for animals' accommodation, animal populations, required supplies, experimental data, etc. Prepares activity reports.

13. Performs accounting functions such as monitoring expenditures, verifying ledgers and resolving discrepancies. Forecasts costs of supplies, materials and equipment. Prepares invoices. Prepares budgets or budget proposals.

14. Ensures sufficient inventory and purchase of all animal care supplies, equipment and materials. Maintains equipment, performs minor repairs and arranges for service and major repairs.

15. Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

16. Keeps abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.

17. Uses a variety of equipment such as feed-mixing equipment, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, veterinary instruments and computers.

18. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
DEC III (Animal Health Technology or Farm Management Technology)
Three (3) years' related experience