Lab Animal Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
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 Profile Title
Laboratory Animal Assistant

Job Description Summary

This position is located at the NEW BOLTON CENTER CAMPUS located in KENNETT SQUARE, PA. NO public transportation available. Provide laboratory animal care at a large canine facility in a safe, humane and sanitary manner, adhering to all federal, state, local and University regulations, guidelines and policies. Candidate is responsible for cleaning/disinfection of kennel runs or cage holding areas on a daily basis. Will also maintain other areas of facility outside of dog rooms. Ability to administer medications as directed by veterinarians and monitor animals after anesthesia procedures. Make observations Candidate is also responsible for feeding and bathing dogs, trimming nails, weighing dogs and recording weights. Candidate will work a flexible staggered work schedule (example: Wednesday-Sunday) and assigned holidays. Position located in Kennett Square, PA. No public transportation available. Valid drivers license required.

Job Description

Provide excellent dog care in a safe, humane and sanitary manner, adhering to all federal, state, local and University regulations, guidelines and policies. Cleaning/disinfection of primary animal enclosures daily. Provide basic animal husbandry (Feed dogs, trim nails, clean ears, weigh dogs and record weights, give baths, administer medications, etc) . Makes observations and reports findings of animal health to senior staff. Maintain facility (clean labs, trash removal, mop hallways, etc.). Provide special feedings as needed. Monitor animals after anesthesia procedures. Assist with transport of dogs to satellite facilities (VHUP).

Candidate must have the ability to work a flexible staggered work schedule (ex: Wednesday through Sunday) and assigned holidays.


H.S. Diploma or GED Required, with 0-1 year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Must have valid drivers license.

Physical Effort

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

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.