Experience Prior experience preferred
The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is responsible for the care of all vertebrate animals on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus. DCM is committed to programs of excellence in veterinary care and laboratory animal management practices for all species used in UNC-CH research endeavors.
A staff of more than 170 professional, technical, and administrative personnel provides quality animal care to a daily population of over 200,000 animals located in 26 animal facilities on and off the UNC campus. Federal funding and foundations sponsor over $1 billion in research on the UNC campus conducted by the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, as well as the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.
A major responsibility of the Division’s veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and laboratory technicians is the health care and humane use of all animals. The Division’s program is reviewed semi-annually by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1973. DCM and the University also meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Public Health Service standards and regulations. As laboratory animal specialists they provide a comprehensive program of veterinary care, offer technical advice and assistance, and provide needed laboratory and research core services for teaching and research purposes.
Position Summary: The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is seeking a motivated candidate to join our team as Swine Production and Enrichment Specialist. The Specialist will primarily be responsible for assisting DCM and researchers with the daily aspects of swine breeding and/or farrowing. This will include artificial insemination, boar mount training, semen collection, sow and piglet care, piglet health and vaccination program, nutrition, record keeping and biosecurity. Additional duties will include handling and restraint, enrichment, daily animal health assessment and treatments. The selected candidate will also be responsible for colony record logs and partnering with researchers.
Emergency duties required during adverse weather and /or other emergency situations. Holiday and weekend work required on a rotating basis
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
– Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
– Demonstrated experience performing in a laboratory animal environment.
– Demonstrated ability to function in a detail-oriented, teamwork environment.
– Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with research/veterinary staff and personnel at all levels of an organization.
– Demonstrate ability to define problems, collect and interpret data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
– Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
– Proficiency with Microsoft Office and data entry.
– Capability of restraining swine, including occasionally lifting animals weighing up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.
– Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent combination of training and experience).
– Previous experience with swine breeding
– Ability to lift/restrain animals weighing up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.
– Requires prolonged and/or repetitive reaching, bending, and twisting.
– Ability to tolerate a barn environment, which may include animal dander, manure, dust, blood, odors and frequently noisy conditions.
Work Schedule: Monday -Friday 7am-3:30pm
Weekends and holidays on occasion
Hiring Range: $15.00-$25.00/ hour