Animal Technician, Animal Resources Center

Connecticut, United States
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
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 sanitization of assigned animal rooms and other routine sanitation procedures as required.

Essential Duties

  1. Observe and evaluate animals for signs of illness and stress and deviations in animal conditions.  
  2. Feed, house and handle animals in accordance with institutional, local and Federal regulations.
  3. Perform animal care with veterinary oversight which may include specialized drug administration, sample collection, and pre- and post-procedural care.  
  4. Maintain records of treatments.
  5. Provide husbandry and specialized services for animals in animal colonies. 
  6. Maintain, sanitize and decontaminate animal rooms and facilities within low to moderate hazardous areas, e.g. BL2.
  7. Perform rodent euthanasia services according to established standards and practices and/or assist in non-rodent species euthanasia.
  8. Maintain required records according to institutional, local and federal regulatory standards.
  9. Serve as a source of information to investigators and support staff on animal handling, restraint, and pre- and post-procedural care or sanitation services.
  10. May train and/or instruct staff on sanitation, animal handling, restraint and care techniques appropriate to level.
  11. Perform periodic decontamination, maintenance and rotation of equipment in facility washing centers. 
  12. Operate animal care processing equipment on either clean or dirty side and/or specific washing center; diagnose mechanical, technical and/or process problems.
  13. Maintain inventory of supplies.
  14. 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.
  15. Perform 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 degree; or an equivalent combination of experience and education; or little or no work experience and an Associate Degree in Animal/Veterinary Science.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

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

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to follow YARC standard operating procedures.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

General knowledge of computer use and ability to monitor email.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

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

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift 50 pounds and push and pull 70 lbs.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

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

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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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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