Animal Technician Series (PSS Levels)


UCI Series Concepts - UCI SIZE-NEUTRAL SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDELINES

Class Specifications - I.10
Animal Resources Manager (9521) SIZE-NEUTRAL
Animal Resources Supervisor (9522) SIZE-NEUTRAL

September, 1977 -- SIZE-NEUTRAL MARCH 1995


SERIES CONCEPT

Incumbents in the Animal Technician series perform, supervise, or manage the 
routine health care and/or environmental maintenance work directly related to 
the collection receiving, housing and handling, evaluation, breeding, 
nutrition, treatment, and disposition of a wide variety of animals. Incumbents 
function in such areas as husbandry, livestock production, herd management, 
disease recognition and control routine animal nursing, and surgical 
assistance.  They work with normal experimental and/or large farm animals, as 
well as those receiving hospital care, carrying infectious diseases, 
undergoing surgery, receiving postoperative care, or receiving irradiation.

The Animal Technician Series is differentiated from the Animal Health 
Technician Series in that emphasis is on the management, supervision, and/
or direct environmental and routine care of a specific group of animals 
rather than on the performance of technical paraveterinary health care and 
diagnostic procedures on a colony-, campus-, or hospital-wide basis.

CLASS CONCEPTS

Animal Resources Manager

Under general direction, incumbents are assigned responsibility for the 
overall operation of the most complex animal facilities/domestic animal 
production facilities.  Incumbents typically coordinate acquisition of 
animals, supplies and equipment; coordinate personnel selection and training, 
assignment of space, and interdepartmental liaison; represent the animal 
resources facilities in discussions with departments and governmental agencies 
to assure that all animal regulations are observed; conduct cost studies of 
the present system or of the feasibility of changing or modifying the system; 
and recommend or provide data for per diem rates in recharge areas.

The Animal Resources Manager is the technical supervisor of the animal 
resources staff. Incumbents make technical judgments and recommendations to 
the supervisor and to the business management staff; and coordinate all of 
the technical activities with a business management staff responsible for 
financial planning, budget administration, payroll preparation, purchasing, 
and recharging for services.

An example of an assignment allocated to this level of difficulty and 
responsibility is: Manages complex vivaria housing colonies of experimental 
animals, comprised of a wide variety of species, and a technical staff of 
employees; works with investigators to determine project requirements for 
animal resources, housing and cage requirements, experimental protocol, and 
safety measures for personnel; determines personnel staffing and training 
requirements, selects staff members, and supervises training of personnel; 
determines needs and plans for new housing and caging and ensures that 
caging meets required standards; inspects facilities in company with the 
clinical veterinarians; supervises record keeping involved in animal health, 
breeding, and consumption of feed; and makes cost studies and provides data 
for or recommends per diem charges.

Animal Resources Supervisor

Under direction incumbents are assigned responsibility for the overall 
operation of animal resources facilities/domestic animal production 
facilities.  Duties and responsibilities are similar to those described 
for Animal Resources Manager but on a less complex scale.

The Animal Resources Supervisor devotes full time to management and 
supervisory responsibilities, above the level of working supervisor, because 
of the complexity of the animal facilities.  Factors involved in measuring 
complexity may include such things as: the different types of employees 
supervised, location and utilization of space, variety of animals, nature of 
the animal colony, variety of investigators or veterinarians served, and 
medical or biological conditions of animals. The typical assignments listed 
below are intended to illustrate applications of these factors, without being 
absolutely limiting.

Experimental animal resources facility for medical research, housing a 
multitude of animals, across a moderate range of species, serviced by a 
technical staff of employees.

Radiobiology research facility, housing a colony of beagle dogs on long-term 
chronic studies, plus other species on short term experiments, serviced by a 
technical staff of employees. 

Experimental animal resources facility for research in the life sciences, 
housing a multitude of animals, across a moderate range of species, serviced 
by a technical staff of employees, providing animal resources to a broad range 
of investigators.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Animal Resources Manager

Graduation from college with a degree in an area of biological science, or 
high school graduation plus completion of a Veterinary Laboratory Animal 
Training Program equivalent to the Laboratory Animal Technologist 
certification of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 
(AALAS), and five years of related management and/or supervisory experience; 
or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and 
abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to 
the position.

Animal Resources Supervisor

Graduation from college with a degree in an area of biological science, or 
high school graduation plus completion of a Veterinary Laboratory Animal 
Training Program equivalent to the Laboratory Animal Technologist 
certification of the AALAS, and four years of related animal care experience 
with demonstrated supervisory ability; or an equivalent combination of 
education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the 
successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.