Pre-Clinical Animal Care

Pennsylvania, United States
26 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

School/Center Overview    

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, the School is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.


The Preclinical Service Core & Comparative Orthopedic Research Lab (PSC-CORL) of PennVet’s New Bolton Center is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our team as the Animal Care and Operating Room Coordinator. PSC-CORL’s mission focuses on the translation of scientific advances and product development in the field of human and veterinary medicine in partnership with academic and industry collaborators. PSC-CORL is an FDA GLP-compliant laboratory with a strong emphasis placed on scientific rigor and regulatory and procedural compliance. The Animal Care and Coordinator (ACOR) closely supports PSC-CORL’s veterinary staff in the care of our laboratory animals by performing routine and specialized study-related and organizational tasks. The ACOR Coordinator serves as a core member of PSC-CORL’s study team for both developmental and regulatory (GLP) studies by preparing surgical instruments and supplies prior to surgery, acting as circulating operating room nurse during large animal surgeries, maintaining and operating our imaging equipment (CT, IVUS, and fluoroscope), assisting in veterinary monitoring of animals, administering medications to study animals, and overseeing the scheduling, transport, and handling of animals during in-life procedures. The ACOR Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance of surgical and veterinary supply inventories and assisting in the ordering of stock. 
In addition to operating room responsibilities, the ACOR Coordinator also assists the Laboratory Animal Research Coordinator in the maintenance of laboratory equipment, maintenance of animal census, and assisting in preparation for animal welfare inspections and audits. 
Occasional weekend, holiday, and overtime may be required based on ongoing projects. 

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Position located in Kennett Sq., no public trans. avail.


  • Research Tech B: High School Diploma or GED and 1-2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Associate’s Degree in Animal or Life Science and 1-2 years of experience preferred.
  • Research Tech C: Bachelor’s Degree in Animal or Life Science and 0-1 year of experience; or Associate’s Degree in Animal or Life Science with 3 to 4 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. 
  • Veterinarian Technician certification/license preferred but not required.
  • Must have animal handling experience acquired either through schooling or work history
  • Must be able to work rotating weekends and holidays
  • Candidate must be comfortable working in an inter-disciplinary team and be capable of communicating effectively with other departments regarding appointment scheduling, equipment maintenance,

Affirmative Action Statement    

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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.