Animal Technician

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 21 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Perform a variety of skilled animal husbandry duties and specialized services for animals and animal colonies, including properly housing animals, performing various procedures and skilled observation of animal conditions. Maintain general sanitation procedures as required.

Essential Duties

  1. Observes and evaluates animals for signs of illness and stress and deviations in animal conditions. Feeds, houses, and handles animals in accordance with institutional, local and Federal regulations.
  2. Performs animal care with veterinary oversight which may include specialized drug administration, sample collection, and pre and post procedural care. Maintain records of treatments.
  3. Provides husbandry and specialized services for animals in animal colonies. Maintains, sanitizes, and decontaminates animal rooms and facilities within low to moderate hazardous areas, e.g. BL2.
  4. Performs rodent euthanasia services according to established standards and practices and/or assist in non-rodent species euthanasia.
  5. Maintains required records according to institutional, local and federal regulatory standards.
  6. May train and/or instruct staff on sanitation, animal handling, restraint and care techniques appropriate to level.
  7. Performs periodic decontamination, maintenance and rotation of equipment in facility washing centers. Operates animal care processing equipment on either clean or dirty side and/or specific washing center; diagnoses mechanical, technical and/or process problems.
  8. Maintains inventory of supplies.
  9. May act as a driver; operating vehicle in order to pick up and deliver animals and materials to assignment locations, applying proper animal handling and care protocols.
  10. Performs additional related tasks as necessary.

Required Education and Experience

Four years of related work experience, two of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and a high school level education; or two years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to follow YARC Standing Operating Procedure.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to recognize signs of well-being, illness and abnormalities.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to understand and use short notes, basic written instructions and forms. Ability to understand complex and detailed protocols.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

General knowledge of computer use and ability to monitor email.

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift 50 pounds and push and pull 300 lbs and good manual dexterity.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certified by American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

Weekend Hours Required? Yes

Evening Hours Required? No

Drug Screen No

Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a required health screening and/or TB test.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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