Laboratory Animal Assistant RDSF/NBC

Pennsylvania, United States
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
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Sunday, 4 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

To provide animal care at large canine facility at New Bolton Center Campus.  Cleaning/disinfection of kennel runs or cage holding areas on a daily basis.  Maintain animals and facilities to be in compliance for various inspections (ex. IACUC, USDA, AAALAC).
Administer medications as directed by veterinarians.  Monitor animals after procedures.  Must be extremely observant to animals needs and report issues to senior staff.  Excellent communication skills and attention to detail required.  Ability to work flexible staggered work schedule, (ex: Saturday - Wednesday) and assigned holidays-required. Position located in Kennett Square, PA.  No public transportation available.  Valid drivers license required.

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily cleaning/disinfection of canine enclosures  - mostly kennel runs – few transport cages.
  • Husbandry procedures such as weights, trimming nails, cleaning ears and bathing dogs according to schedule.
  • Maintain cleanliness of facility including labs.
  • Recover animals after procedures.

Other duties as assigned.


High school diploma or GED  and 1 year of experience with animals or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Must be extremely observant to animal's needs and report issues to senior staff. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail is required. Working a flexible staggered work schedule (example Saturday - Wednesday) and assigned holidays is required. Ability to work well with others and work independently is also a requirement. Valid drivers license is required. POSITION LOCATED IN KENNETT SQ.- NO PUBLIC TRANS. AVAILABLE

Ability to lift over 50 lbs. on a routine basis and to bend, crouch, climb ladders and do physically demanding work on a daily basis is required.

This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Physical Effort

Frequent lifting, occasionally need to lift up to 50 lbs,. Typically standing or walking, Intermittently stooping, crouching, bending.

Frequent lifting 25 lbs. or more, climbing ladders/scaffolds

Working Conditions

High noise environment, Alternative work schedules, Exposure to chemicals, Requires protective devices

Job Location - City, State
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$15.44 - $26.25

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.