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Date Added: Thu 02/09/2021

Animal Support Technician

Ledbury, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Salary: £18525/annum pension, life insurance, health cash plan, me

Animal Support Technician


Ledbury, Herefordshire

Pension, Life insurance, Health Cash Plan,

37.5hrs per week plus alternate weekend work

Company Overview:

Sequani is a contract research organisation with over 40 years' experience in the conduct of non-clinical regulatory safety testing - toxicology studies for our world-wide client base. As a Silver Investor in People organisation, we are confident that we can offer a varied role, together with a good range of company benefits and excellent career progression.  Our customers frequently complement us on our friendly, professional and high-quality service and we inject commitment and purpose into everything we do.

Department overview:

The primary functions of Laboratory Animal Sciences are the implementation and adherence to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986?? and to ensure that the work conducted is in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice.  LAS comprises of separate animal facilities, each having a particular focus either by species and/or by study type. The LAS team consists of staff of various grades and experience. Unlike many other establishments within the industry, members of LAS receive extensive cross-training and are trained in a wide variety of techniques and procedures in all the species housed within the facilities.  The general responsibilities for LAS are the monitoring of all aspects of the animals' health and welfare and to provide the highest hygiene standards.

Main responsibilities:

The focus of this role is the conduct of husbandry procedures for all laboratory species on site, e.g., feeding, watering, bedding and cage changing. Other duties include routine cleaning of the animal rooms and equipment and assisting experienced Animal Technologists with technical procedures. The Support Technician, depending upon ability, may also be trained in many other tasks. 

The role has good clear progression routes where you can be trained to perform more technical procedures, as well as supporting you in gaining the Institute of Animal Technology IAT qualifications. 

The role will require you to be flexible in working hours and will involve working on alternate weekends. We are looking for candidates who are genuinely committed to working with animals. The work can be physical and because of our flexible working we do seek people who can get into work with their own transport.

Skills and experience:

Knowledge of animal behaviour, anatomy and environmental/welfare is required,

however full training will be provided even with a degree

Key attributes:

Being able to follow instructions

Having attention to detail

Keeping calm under pressure

Demonstrating patience when learning something new

Working well in a team, but also being able to focus on your own

Having some curiosity and interest in the work

Being adaptable and flexible

Being prepared to work some unsocial hours

Being self-motivated

What we offer:

We can offer you first class training to support you in your career development whether you already have experience or whether this is your first professional role.  We have a full range of company benefits as you would expect.  We think it's important to say thank you, so we have a well-developed range of formal and informal recognition practices at company, team and individual level.  We are all encouraged to recognise anyone who has demonstrated our company values and helped us achieve our aims
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