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Transgenic Model Core Technician I


This job involves extensive handling of rodents to maintain breeding colonies for research projects at UF. It also requires the use of computer databases to maintain records of the rodent breeding and inventory. It requires routine and non-routine procedures as requested by various authorities including the immediate supervisor, manager, veterinarians, research investigators, or experimental protocol. The work is performed under direct supervision. This position is responsible for carrying out the Animal Care Services’ (ACS) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules and regulations. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to their supervisor, manager, or their designee. Uses aseptic procedures to minimize contamination as required. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the “NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”.

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.

  • Wean mice and rats using the Mouse Breeding Database and following SOP’s and mouse Identification Procedures.
  • Maintains the Mouse Breeding Database for various investigators by reconciling the online census with live room census.
  • Observes animals for signs of illness, injury, and physical and behavioral changes.
  • Performs euthanasia using carbon dioxide with cervical dislocation as a secondary method.
  • Performs decapitation of newborn mice after sedation with carbon dioxide.
  • Restrains and handles animals for treatment.
  • Identifies incoming animals and houses according to specific requirements.
  • Maintains identification of animals using cage cards.
  • Cleans and sterilizes surgical and technical equipment.
  • Secondary duties may include Assisting Level II Technicians with tail biopsy, breeding animals using a variety of different mating schemes, shipping, weighing animals, ear notching, ear tagging, tattooing, collecting blood and urine samples, injections, and preparing special diets and medications.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent.

Licensure and Certification



None exercised.

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