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Animal Care Technician

Location:
Lisle, Illinois, United States
Posted:
June 13, 2018

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MORGAN KATHRYN GARDNER

**** ********* **** *** ***, Lisle, IL 60532

708-***-****

ac5vfo@r.postjobfree.com

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Animal Care Technician I

Charles River Laboratories, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL July 2017 to Present

Work with house mice, Siberian hamsters, Brown rats, and Zebra finches, which are used in the advancement of medical and behavioral research

Work with mice in biosafety cabinets and take proper precautions to avoid airborne contagions

Perform daily healthy checks on all animals to identify heath issues, new litters, overcrowding, and the need for cage changes or food and water replenishment

Train new employees on Standard Operating Procedures

Identify health and medical issues and fill out an Animal Health Observation form

Identify new litters and identify age of pups based on physical attributes

Identify overcrowding cages due to presence and age of pups, number of litters, and number of adults

Separation of overcrowding cages into new cages based on age and sex

Identify flooded cages, provide mice with a clean cage, enrichment, and place on a slide warmer as needed

Hand restrain mice, hamsters, and rats for sexing and separation, and cage cleaning

Set up cages and prepare animals for transports to other buildings on campus

House new animal shipments and provide, food, water, and enrichment

Humanely euthanize mice with carbon dioxide and perform secondary euthanasia by cervical separation

Provide food and water as needed and daily enrichment

Restock supplies research procedure and cage rooms as needed

Clean biosafety cabinets, cages, cage rooms, and procedures rooms as scheduled

Keeper Aide Antelope/31st Street Team

Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL; AZA accredited September 2016 to June 2017

Work with Bactrian camels, Przewalski horses, Okapi, Common waterbuck, Gerenuk, Aardvarks, Kirk’s dik-dik, Grevy’s zebras, Addax, Common warthogs, and Klipspringers

Work free contact with all animals except Bactrian Camels and Common warthogs

Assist with neonatal and daily care for mother-reared Grevy’s zebra foal

Hand restrain large hoofstock for medical procedures

Hand restrain small hoofstock, including red-flanked duikers and klipspringers for medical and hoof trimming procedures

Experience hoof trimming large and small hoofstock

Secondary trainer for operant conditioning with Bactrian camel for the maintenance of behaviors

Answer guest questions and discuss natural history of camels during scheduled camel keeper chats

Set up scale and weigh animals according to a set schedule

Assist with transfer of animals between buildings and for zoo transfers

Observe, monitor, and report animal medical, behavior, diet, and digestive issue

Assist with veterinary procedures and immobilizations

Performs general exhibit and holding maintenance as required, often with the use of equipment

Perform extra daily and weekly tasks as scheduled

Participate and actively bring new ideas to workgroup meetings

Shift all animals on and off exhibit

Administer and record medications

Organize and clean keeper areas as needed

Perform maintenance duties and exhibit repairs as needed

Keep daily records in ZIMS360

Prepare and record behavioral enrichment to promote natural behaviors for animals daily

Prepare animal diets and extra food items daily according to diet sheet and restrictions

Collect fecal samples for lab testing

Clean and maintain inside and outside habitats

Seasonal Ungulate Keeper II

Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL; AZA accredited April 2015 to September 2016

Work with Okapi, Red river hogs, White and Saddlebill storks, Reticulated giraffe, Royal antelope, Common waterbuck, Gerenuk, Aardvarks, Red hornbills, Kirk’s dik-dik, Grevy’s zebras, Addax, Common warthogs, Klipspringers, Giant elephant shrews, and Blue, Red-flanked, and Yellow-backed duikers

Work free contact with all animals except Red river hogs, Saddlebill storks, Common warthogs and Reticulated giraffes

Primary trainer with operant conditioning for Kirk’s dik-dik

Train Reticulated giraffe with operant conditioning to maintain behaviors for medical procedures and enrichment

Train aardvark free contact with operant conditioning to maintain behaviors for enrichment

Assist with daily handling and care for mother-reared Okapi, Red-flanked duiker, Grevy’s zebra, Yellow-backed duiker calves, and Red river hoglets

Answer guest questions and discuss natural history of aardvarks and okapi during scheduled aardvark and okapi keeper chats

Set up scale and weigh animals according to a set schedule

Attended portions of Giraffid Conference held at Brookfield Zoo in 2016

Shift all animals on and off exhibit

Administer and record medications

Assist with veterinary procedures

Organize and clean keeper areas as needed

Keep daily records in ZIMS

Prepare and record enrichment for animals daily

Prepare animal diets daily

Collect fecal samples for lab testing daily

Clean and maintain inside and outside habitats

Primate Intern

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA; AZA accredited February 2015 to March 2015

Worked with Western lowland gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, Eastern Black and White colobus, Ring-tailed lemurs, Howler monkeys, and Golden lion tamarins

Prepared enrichment and diets daily

Cleaned and maintained inside and outside habitats

African Savannah Intern

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA; AZA accredited December 2014 to February 2015

Worked with Southern White rhinos, Rothschild and Reticulated giraffes, Red River hogs, Grant’s zebra, an ostrich, Common eland, Thompson’s Gazelle, African wild dogs, Blue wildebeest, Maned wolves, and a Giant anteater

Worked free contact with Plains Zebra

In charge of general husbandry of Red river hogs, Plains zebra, and ostrich

Prepared enrichment and diets daily

Kept daily records

Answered guest questions and discuss natural history of giraffes during scheduled giraffe feeding

Cleaned and maintained inside and outside habitats

Asian Domain Intern

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA; AZA accredited August 2014 to November 2014

Worked with Malayan sun bears, Amur leopards, Bengal tiger, Asian small-clawed otters, babirusa, fox hybrid, Indian Crested porcupines, and Burmese Mountain tortoises

Provided enrichment daily for all animals

Worked free contact with babirusa and Asian small-clawed otters

Trained Asian Small-Clawed Otters free contact to maintain behaviors for enrichment and health examinations

Helped construct exhibit for Burmese Mountain tortoises

Cleaned and maintained inside and outside habitats

Species Survival Center Intern

Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, New Orleans, LA May 2014 to August 2014

Worked with an African lion, servals, caracals, Clouded leopard, African wild cats, Common eland, bongo, domestic cats, and Milky, Abdim, and Saddlebill storks

Prepared enrichment and diets daily

Restrained and handled domestic cats for medical procedures

Cleaned and maintained habitats

Carnivore Intern

Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR; AZA accredited May 2013 to August 2013

Worked with African lions, Grizzly bears, American black bears, Kodiak bears, Amur tigers, and cheetahs

Trained lions and bears to maintain behaviors for enrichment, health examinations and guest encounters

Worked free contact with ambassador cheetahs

Provided enrichment and diets daily

Cleaned and maintained inside and outside habitats

Animal Care and Behavior Intern May 2012 to August 2012

Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, IL; AZA accredited

Worked with White-tailed deer, peafowl, a Sandhill crane, Guinea hogs, raccoons, Red foxes, coyote, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Black Angus cow, Dutch rabbit, Himalayan Rabbit, llama, minature donkey, Montadale sheep, Norwegian Fjord Horse, Nubian goat, Shetland Pony, American kestrel, American robin, Blue jay, chicken, Eastern screech owl, Great horned owl, Hahn’s macaw, Hairy woodpecker, House finch, Milky stork, Northern cardinal, Northern flicker, Peafowl, Red hornbills, Red-tailed hawk, Sandhill crane, Turkey Vulture, Blanding’s turtle, Eastern Blue-tongued skink Eastern, milk snake, Fox snake, Midland Painted turtle, Three-toed box turtle, Grey Tree frog, and Poison Dart frog

Used operant conditioning to establish the behaviors “station” and “target” for a Nubian goat to provide enrichment and stimulation

Used ethogram to track and analyze Sandhill crane exhibit use

Prepared enrichment and diets daily

Cleaned and maintained inside and outside habitats

Leadership Activities

Creator and owner of part-time overnight dog sitting business April 2015 to Present

Coach of adult co-rec softball team April 2016 to October 2016

Event organizer of a social outing group on the social website “Meetup” December 2015 to May 2017

Education

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Graduated May 2014

Studied animal behavior, physiology, and diversity in upper level biology courses

Designed, conducted, and analyzed results of an experiment for Eastern Fox Squirrel’s reaction to varying alarm calls

Helped design and collect data for various animal behavior projects

Performed minor surgeries and dissections of rats and frogs

Creative Writing Club Founder and President

Eastern Illinois University January 2012 to May 2014

Organized and ran weekly Executive Board meetings to discuss important topics

Created and organized activities for weekly meetings

Organized guest speaker events and provide event promotion throughout campus

Fielded suggestions and changed programs accordingly

Collaborated with faculty advisor weekly

Oversaw work and projects done by Executive Board members

Additional Skills

Comfortable speaking to the guests’ informal presentations and encounters

Capture and restraint

ZIMS360

Beginner’s carpentry experience and knowledge

Microsoft Office Suite

Lift and move 80 lbs.

Beginner’s Spanish

Species List

Mammals

Aardvark

Addax

African lion

African Painted dog

African Pygmy hog

African Wild cat

American black bear

Amur leopard

Amur tiger

Asian small-clawed otter

Bactrian camel

Babirusa

Bengal tiger

Black Angus cow

Blue duiker

Blue wildebeest

Bongo

Brown rat

Caracal

Cheetah

Clouded leopard

Common eland

Common gerenuk

Common warthog

Common waterbuck

Coyote

Domestic house cat

Dutch rabbit

Eastern Black colobus

Giant anteater

Giant Elephant shrew

Golden lion tamarin

Grant’s zebra

Grevy’s zebra

Grizzly bear

Guinea hog

House mice

Howler monkey

Himalayan rabbit

Indian Crested porcupine

Kirk’s dik-dik

Klipspringer

Kodiak bear

Llama

Maned wolves

Malayan sun bear

Miniature donkey

Montadale sheep

Norwegian Fjord Horse

Nubian goat

Okapi

Orangutan

Ostrich

Przewalski horse

Raccoon

Red duiker

Red fox

Red fox/Artic fox hybrid

Red River hogs

Reticulated giraffe

Ring-tailed lemur

Rosthchild giraffe

Royal antelope

Serval

Siberian hamster

Shetland pony

Siamang

Southern White rhino

Thompson’s gazelle

Western Lowland gorilla

White colobus

White-tailed deer

Yellow-backed duiker

Birds

Abdim stork

American kestrel

American robin

Blue jay

Chicken

Eastern screech owl

Great horned owl

Hahn’s macaw

Hairy woodpecker

House finch

Milky stork

Northern cardinal

Northern flicker

Peafowl

Red hornbills

Red-tailed hawk

Saddlebill stork

Sandhill crane

Turkey Vulture

White stork

Zebra Finch

Reptiles

Burmese Mountain tortoises

Blanding’s turtle

Eastern Blue-tongued skink

Eastern milk snake

Fox snake

Midland Painted turtle

Three-toed box turtle

Amphibians

Grey Tree frog

Poison Dart frog



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