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Livestock Lab Manager

About this Job:

The large animal research facilities at UW-Madison play a central role in supporting (1) innovative, translational agricultural and biomedical research and (2) hands-on education and training of students. The large animal program seeks a highly-motivated, highly-organized and innovative facility manager to oversee a key facility and its daily operations, and to expand the capabilities and roles of the facility to support the future trajectory of research and teaching at UW-Madison. The facility manager will also play a critical role in creating and implementing operational and fiscal models that ensure future self-sustainability of the facility.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Principal duties:

40% Management and oversight of daily operations. Ensure that the care and husbandry of animals and maintenance (e.g., regular sanitation of animal rooms) of the Livestock Laboratory and auxiliary facilities which currently consists of the Campus Equine Research and Teaching Center, Poultry Research Laboratory, Animal Sciences Laboratory Animal Vivarium, Stock Pavilion Animal Facility, Arlington Equine operations are properly performed according to SOP and research/teaching protocols. Direct facility operations and coordinate animal space usage to ensure optimal instructional and research activities. Serve as back up animal caretaker as needed to manage workload. Work weekends as an animal caretaker on a routine rotation. Communicate regularly with veterinary staff regarding health status of animals. Serve as emergency contact for all animal and facility related after-hour issues. Respond to emergencies and coordinate appropriate emergency responses.

15% Supervision of facility personnel. Oversee the responsibilities and activities of the animal facility personnel to ensure optimal productively and professionality within a healthy work culture. Meet with facility personnel at least weekly to discuss activities and prioritize work assignments. Organize work schedules to assure that labor needs are met during workdays, weekends and holidays. Provide and document training of employees and student workers in routine operational procedures, proper animal handling and animal care procedures, and facility safety procedures. Conduct regular evaluations of performance and professional development of fulltime facility employees.

15% Management of fiscal operation and facility-use. Oversee fiscal operation and implement budget management strategies that achieve fiscal self-sustainability of assigned facilities. Maintain accurate records of animal and space use, animal inventories, and animal disposition. Regularly invoice for services provided by the facility, maintain detailed invoicing and budgetary records, and provide budget projections. Review and revise facility use to appropriately prioritize projects and allocate space, labor and resources. Serve as building manager for assigned units and assure proper maintenance of building components and associated equipment. Write proposals to secure funding for major repair/remodeling projects. Review bids and coordinate repair/remodeling projects.

15% Facilitation of research & teaching projects. Meet with faculty and staff and discuss requested use of the facilities for each research or teaching project. Manage scheduling and allocation of space, labor and resources to ensure success of research and teaching projects. Coordinate, track and document animal transport with other animal facility managers or Animal Research Station (ARS) staff. Provide annual reports of research & teaching projects and key accomplishments (e.g., research manuscripts, courses) supported by the facility.

10% Management of Operational Protocols. Develop, refine and enforce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to improve animal welfare, operational efficiency, biosecurity and compliance with regulatory guidelines/policies/laws. Communicate and consult with university veterinarians and oversight offices (e.g., Research Animal Resources and Compliance (RARC), Office of Biological Safety (OBS)), as needed, to ensure a high-standard of operation, compliance and accountability. Provide annual reports to assess performance of the facility.

5% Assurance of Regulatory Compliance. Ensure facilities and their operations are in compliance with animal care guidelines and all other policies established by relevant internal and external regulatory/oversight agencies or committees. Ensure that all research or teaching projects adhere to facility SOPs and approved CALS Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) and Institutional Biological Safety (IBS) protocols. Ensure that the facility complies with Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) standards. Work with other facility managers, researchers and department administration to ensure that Material Transfer Agreements, Service Agreements, Facility Use Agreements, Research Agreements, ACUC protocols, and IBS protocols are current and followed by staff, student workers, and research and instructional users. Maintain records and reports required for compliance and assessment of compliance.


B.S. or higher in Animal Sciences or related field. M.S. preferred.

More than 2 years of related experience required, 3-5 years experience managing a large animal facility preferred.

Required experience includes:
– Experience in swine, cattle and goat/sheep husbandry.
– Knowledge of animal health and experience in monitoring health status.
– Knowledge of livestock animal nutrition and feed formulation.
– Personnel management, training and supervision experience.
– Budget development and/or management experience.
– Experience in facility maintenance.
– Knowledge of agricultural and biomedical animal regulatory guidelines/policies (such as USDA, OLAW, AWA, AAALAC, IACUC).
– Excellence in interpersonal communication, and presentation skills.
– Proficiency in standard computing software (including scheduling, word-processing and spreadsheet)

Preferred additional experience includes:
– Experience in livestock herd management.
– Experience in in horses, poultry and rodent species husbandry.
– Experience in biomedical use of livestock species.
– GLP or GMP record-keeping experience.
– Proficiency in database software (e.g., MS Access, FileMaker).
– Experience in teaching, training or mentoring of students.

3-5 years
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