This position manages the swine facility operated by the Department of Animal Science. Responsible for ensuring the facility meets all university, state, and federal animal handling and housing regulations, managing the swine inventory system, and along with the Animal Facilities Coordinator evaluate animal use requests that pertain to swine and the swine facility. This facility also serves other departments including the School of Vet. Med. The swine facility is expected to achieve superior levels of productivity with the additional demands of teaching and research. This position also is responsible for the scheduling and operation of the Animal Science Department’s Environmental Chambers as well as the Surgical Suite located at the Cole Facility. Both of these facilities serve many faculty and graduate students in the department, CAES, the School of Veterinary Medicine and general campus.
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Perform diversified tasks that may require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping, standing.
Move and handle a variety of animals.
Able to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours when necessary.
Occasionally lift, push/pull and/or move heavy objects including feed sacks, animal carcasses, equipment and cages, etc. weighing up to 125 lbs.
Valid CA driver’s license to drive to and transport animals on campus, to off-campus facilities.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
-Knowledge of feeding requirements, feeding systems for swine, reproductive cycles and A.I. (artificial insemination).
-Knowledge of general husbandry procedures, and diseases associated with swine, health and vaccination programs.
-Knowledge of bio-security guidelines and techniques and the ability to enforce workable plan to maintain SPF status in a teaching, research, and outreach environment. Knowledge necessary for maintenance of equipment and farm machinery. Ability to maintain a working inventory of supplies and parts for the daily operation of an animal facility.
-Ability to provide occasional research support (feeding, recording data, collection of biological samples, etc.) for individuals conducting research with swine on the UC Davis campus.
-Knowledge of environmental chamber operation including campus and federal rules and requirements for animals housed in such enclosures.
-Ability to talk to groups not associated with the university about swine research and teaching at UC Davis, and the basics of swine husbandry and management. Ability to address concerns and communicate regarding animal welfare issues.
-Preferred knowledge of State, University, and Federal requirements for the housing and general care of animals.
-Knowledge of basic surgical suite operation, including simple equipment maintenance and repair. Ability to train investigators in UCD and Animal Science surgical SOP’s.
-Ability to recognize health problems and the knowledge to treat the animals and/or contact the herd veterinarian.
-Ability and knowledge to move swine into transportation vehicles, drive the vehicle to the point of delivery, and coordination of animal movement.
-Ability to follow animal protocols established within the Department and the swine facility.
-Ability to maintain accurate records and the knowledge of various record keeping programs.
-Ability to develop and establish a rapport with the swine industry within the State of California.
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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