Primate Animal Behaviorist

Job Overview:

Labcorp Drug Development is currently hiring a Primate Animal Behaviorist to join our growing team in Somerset, New Jersey! The Primate Animal Behaviorist has the overall responsibility for non-surgical in-house PRC colonies (non-human primates, dogs and pigs) in regards to receipt into colony, preparation and readiness for transfer onto study (social housing/MATT/PRT); while keeping in mind the business needs and profitability of the division.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to)-
  • Lead the conduct of NHP positive reinforcement training (PRT) and ensure NHP habituation is completed prior to study initiation.
  • Ensure NHP behavior scoring measurements are implemented to evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of NHP welfare, socialization and PRT techniques.
  • Work closely with Attending Veterinarian to recognize behavioral issues, develop, implement, document and track plans to address behavioral issues.
  • Provide guidance on PRT activities, develop specialized procedural training plans for NHPs, as required.
  • Oversee the management of new and existing NHP social groups. Perform social introductions, provide periodic assessment of compatibility
  • Develop and maintain metrics on the outcome of the behavioral management program including completion and efficacy of acclimation, socialization, PRT and social housing.
  • Train and mentor staff on NHP behavior and PRT techniques. Develop and support competency assessment for those involved in the care, use, acclimation, socialization and training of NHPs.
  • Design, develop and evaluate enrichment and refinement techniques including novel ideas for enhancing captive environments ensuring practicality, use by animals, and efficacy in managing behavior.
  • Ensure NHP behavior management training materials are continually reviewed in line with leading welfare developments and updated at least annually.
  • Provide annual refresher and topic specific training to support the introduction of new processes and welfare refinements.
  • As requested, work with the Primate Behavior Program Manager to contribute and support the global NHP behavior, positive reinforcement training (PRT), acclimation and socialization program.
  • As required, support the investigation of animal welfare issues, determination of root cause and CAPA implementation.
  • Ensure client NHP behavior management requirements are met, support client animal welfare inspections and topic specific meetings including issue resolution.
  • Work closely with animal suppliers to ensure animal specification are met, where possible, partner to achieve advances in animal welfare and behavior management.


Education/Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree highly preferred but combination of experience and education may be considered


Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years working directly in the field of laboratory NHP welfare and behavior management.
  • Experienced in the development of Policies/SOP on NHP behavioral management.