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Animal Care Operations, Assistant Manager


The Animal Care Operations Assistant Manager assists in coordinating husbandry, cage wash and/or specialty operations for laboratory animal care in one or more areas or facilities managed by Animal Care Services under the guidance of a senior manager. Ensures regulatory compliance with all federal, state and local laws pertaining to assigned animal facilities. Provides direct supervision of assigned animal care technicians performing routine and non-routine procedures. Are assigned to weekend/holiday or on-call rosters.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Ensures husbandry procedures/practices are in compliance with the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, all Federal, State and local laws pertaining to laboratory animal facilities for a variety of species (dogs, cats, sheep, rabbits, rats, mice, etc.) being used for biomedical research and teaching including USDA covered and uncovered species.
  • Performs husbandry duties (cage changing, receipt of animals, daily health monitoring and reporting, room sanitization, facility inspections), leads area assigned, coordinates work tasks and quality assurance testing with other ACS sections and others as necessary.
  • Process special service requests from researchers and other area managers and ensures equipment delivered is returned timely. Ensures waste is routed to appropriate waste streams.
  • Is responsible for technicians’ annual performance appraisals.
  • Interviews and provides input for hiring applicants for permanent/ temporary employment.
  • Maintains sanitation and work schedules for assigned facilities.
  • Approves assigned staff time in PeopleSoft as well as overtime and weekend work.
  • Provides technical assistance to both research and ACS staff.
  • Assists with regulatory compliance and quality control process and provides ACS management with input for updating husbandry standard operating procedures and practices.

Education and Experience

A high school degree or equivalent and two years of relevant experience as a lead technician.  Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. AALAS LATG certification at time of hire.

Licensure and Certification

Valid state driver’s license. UF Supervisory Challenge completed within 18 months of hire.


The position does supervise others.

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