Website Lakehead University
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a part-time RVT position.
Must be available to work weekends and rotate holiday shifts. Must be reliable. We work with a variety of species and technical equipment. Continuing education is also a major aspect of this job. Be ready to learn new things on a daily basis, troubleshoot, and take on tasks alone with confidence (post training of course). On the job training will be provided. No previous species experience is necessary, however, working or owning rodents and/or aquatics would be a major benefit to the learning curve of this job. Each species we work with (most commonly trout, mice and rats) is researched and prepared to care for by the RVT; the best possible care is provided for them. We work with a consulting Veterinarian who oversees each facility and the animal care within. We also work directly and indirectly with research teams which may include training of research personnel and students. If you would like more information regarding working in research, please visit the Canadian Council on Animal Care website which is our regulatory body (add weblink). These standards are followed for all animal care at the
RVTs are responsible for caring for animals in a research setting. RVTs monitor and maintain the health of animals under their care and may perform duties such as receiving new animals, maintaining animal records, cleaning equipment, cleaning and changing cages, and providing food and water. Other duties may include updating animal records, administering injections and medications, sterilizing equipment, and preparing laboratory samples.
○ Being kind and humane is important in working with animals involved in scientific research.
○ Being patient helps to calm nervous or frightened animals during testing or if they are ill.
○ Accurately assessing the habits, behavior, and physical appearance of an animal
is important to obtaining accurate research findings.
● Critical thinking:
○ Properly evaluating the facts and information relative to the research being
conducted is important for coming to an accurate conclusion.
○ Having strong relationship skills allows technicians to work effectively with
researchers, assistants, and others involved in animal research.
● Verbal and written communication:
○ Describing and recording observations, calculations, and findings clearly and
accurately is key. Professional communication with co-workers, supervisors, and
researchers is essential. Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. For further information, please visit: www.lakeheadu.ca.
Review of applications will begin on Monday and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit as a single file (e.g. .pdf format): a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package.
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