Job Description

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • GED or high school Diploma / Bachelors
  • LAT minimum
  • Animal care experience in a research and animal laboratory setting
  • Must be capable of properly handling and restraining all species of common laboratory animals, have no abnormal fear of any common laboratory species
  •  Ability to work with small and large animals
  •  Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals
  • Ability to administer treatments to animals per veterinarian instructions
  • Must be able to clean and change animal cages per the standard operating procedures, instructions on researchers’ protocols, U.S.D.A. and NIH guidelines, and any other requirements
  • Keep accurate and complete records
  •  Perform cleaning and sanitation of animal rooms and equipment
  • Be able to work alone and as a member of team
  • Ability to make good judgement calls
  • Ability to detect small changes in animal behavior and/or health
  • Work well under pressure
  •  Interact in a professional manner
  • Attention to detail is critical for this position
  • Early morning shift and weekends
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior and positive-problem solving and conflict resolution skills


Description of Duties

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all standard operating procedures (SOP) and quality assurance standards pertaining to laboratory animals for research.
  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations.
  • Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal health, breeding, and housing/isolator or support areas as required.
  • Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as assigned.
  •  Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry and personnel protective equipment use.
  •  Receive, inspect and house incoming animals.
  • May be involved in strictly maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.
  •  Assist with surgical preparation of animals and monitor anesthesia during surgical procedures
  •  Assist with surgical procedures as needed by attending veterinarian
  •  Assist with post-operative care of all research animals
  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines
  •  Perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
  • •Other duties as may be assigned (required)

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