OPU Specialist

Ovum Pick-Up Specialist – Kennewick, WA

SUMMARY

This position will be responsible for the successful assessment of oocyte donor animals, ovarian follicular structures and aspiration of follicles conducted during Ovum Pick-Up (OPU) processes. This position will aid in achieving current and forecasted production goals and will participate in the analysis of performance results, while actively seeking opportunities for further investigation and testing solutions.

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Accurately and effectively conduct all aspects of follicular aspiration of follicles including ultrasound scans of ovaries, identification and classification of follicular structures, Dominant Follicle Removal (DFR), ovarian synchronization procedures, aspiration of pregnant donors, and follicular puncture.
  • Evaluate, assess and sort donor animals for follicular aspiration using both rectal or ultrasound techniques
  • Assemble and maintain all OPU equipment including ultrasound, vacuum pump, and oocyte collection tubes.
  • Maintain sanitation and sterilization protocol for all materials and equipment used to complete OPU procedures.
  • Administer epidural anesthesia.
  • Participate in the identification of production gaps and participate in the testing of recommended solutions.
  • Uphold company standards for animal well-being and biosecurity.
  • Availability to travel.

TEAM CONTRIBUTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with customers’ workforce, OPU team, Embryo Transfer team and Laboratory team to evaluate donor herd availability, quantity of oocytes to be collected each day, and other production and laboratory demands.
  • Participate in the evaluation of key performance indicators, actively seek opportunities for improvement and contribute ideas for further investigation within OPU processes.
  • Assist with the training of new employees to ensure thorough understanding of OPU standard operating procedures and performance expectations.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s or Associates degree in Animal Science, Dairy Science or related field. (Exceptional experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirement).
  • Bovine reproductive experience (artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience applying knowledge of anatomy and physiology within bovine reproduction context preferred, but not required.

OTHER

  • Ability to operate and read ultrasound imaging.
  • Strong and reliable back, shoulder, and arm, and ability to manipulate the bovine reproductive tract multiple times.
  • Team-centric with strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to follow detailed safety protocols as required during daily exposure to needles or other sharp objects, as well as, bodily fluids of beef and dairy cattle.
  • Visual ability to correctly identify and distinguish objects of various size, color and depth perception near and far away.
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