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Animal Behaviorist

Employer
Bioqual Inc
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 29, 2021

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Position Type
Other
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
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OBJECTIVE:
The Animal Behaviorist performs required behavioral/enrichment/compatibility assessments for all species housed at a designated facility. They maintain behavioral database information, monthly social housing reports, quarterly behavioral assessments and other documents as needed/requested.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
• 4 year Bachelor's degree in relevant field (Primatology, Anthropology, Psychology, etc)
• Experience with animals, preferably Non-Human primates
• AALAS certification

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Adhere to the BEEP (BIOQUAL Behavioral and Environmental Enhancement Plan) at designated BIOQUAL Inc. animal facility
• Perform requested/required behavior/enrichment assessments on NHPs
• Provide NHPs with positive reinforcement training and positive human interaction sessions
• Create/Update Additional Behavioral Observations (ABO) list and Abnormal Behavior Management Plans (ABMP)
• Order, help sanitize & fill, and monitor stock & proper use of edible & non-edible enrichment
• Determine new and entertaining enrichment
• Maintain facility budget for all department spending
• Create behavioral studies to help increase the understanding of various aspects of NHPs and other animals in captivity, to be directly applied to the animals housed at BIOQUAL, Inc.
• Create and perform required trainings regarding animal behavior and enrichment
• Meet periodically with veterinary staff to discuss behavior/enrichment issues/concerns
• Perform temperament assessments on NHPs to determine compatible social partners
• Introduce and monitor NHPs deemed compatible to form social pairs
• Perform quarterly colony behavioral assessments and social group behavioral assessments
• Determine if changing room setups may decrease atypical/abnormal behaviors and increase species-typical behaviors, monitoring the improvement of abnormal/atypical behaviors of NHPs
• Update the database, and notify the Senior Behaviorist with social housing, behavioral assessments, and other department information
• Create monthly social housing breakdowns
• Perform other duties as assigned

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