Animal Care Assistant
The Veterinary Service Center (VSC) at Stanford University provides Laboratory Animal Care and operates within the Department of Comparative Medicine. We are fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Our vision is to pioneer in laboratory animal care, driving research innovations from bench to bedside.
The Veterinary Service Center within the Department of Comparative Medicine is seeking an Animal Care Assistant for a 2 year fixed term to provide basic care and husbandry for a variety of animal species (including mice, rats, and any other species as directed by supervisor). The responsibilities include cleaning and changing animal cages per the standard operating procedures, instructions on researchers’ protocols, U.S.D.A. and NIH guidelines, and any other University and outside government requirements. Perform routine husbandry techniques, such as breeding and maintaining strains of mice or other animals. Observe and record signs of unusual appearance, behavior, illness, or death in animals; complete and maintain forms as required; administer pre-measured medications according to instructions; obtain routine diagnostic specimens from animals, i.e., blood for viral serologies; keep accurate and complete records on animal inventories and activities; comply with governmental regulations and University policies regarding health and safety and observe and support good health and safety practices.
The successful candidate must have one year of applicable animal care experience in a research or animal laboratory setting; prefer certification at the AALAS technician level or equivalent training; familiarity with NIH and U.S.D.A. guidelines. Must possess mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and personal standards of cleanliness, neatness and organizational ability. Must be able to read, write, understand, communicate and follow written and oral instructions provided in English. Must be capable of properly handling and restraining all species of common laboratory animals, have no abnormal fear of any common laboratory species and should be free of animal-related allergies. The candidate selected for this position will complete an Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire and may be required to undergo a physical examination and immunizations. Must be willing and able to lift 50 pounds. Must observe and support good health and safety practices regarding the use of chemicals and equipment.
About Stanford University
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.
Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Requisition ID: 82861