Animal Health Technician

Newark, DE
Jul 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

Job Title Animal Health Technician
Job ID 104594
Location Newark, DE


DEADLINE: Open until Filled


Under limited supervision, performs a variety of complex laboratory duties and husbandry care for a variety of animal species in support of instructional and/or research programs. Assists veterinarian in animal treatment techniques and procedures as appropriate. The principal emphasis is on working independently and exercising personal initiative in providing animal husbandry support, participating in animal surgeries and treatments, conducting analyses, tests and experiments.


Depending on divisional assignment, the following are typical examples of work:
  • Performs a variety of technical duties involved in support of tests, experiments and determinations to obtain data in support of research activities;
  • Provides routine veterinary care including daily observation of animals to assess their health, welfare and impact of research manipulation. Uses appropriate animal care methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseased and/or injured animals.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of animal facilities and equipment as well as the daily care and health of laboratory animals in compliance with USDA and PHS policies and guidelines;
  • Performs pre-surgical treatments under a veterinarian's direction, including identification of the correct animal and administration of induction drugs at the proper dosages; prepares animal for surgical procedures according to established sterile standards. Participates in surgery as surgical nurse/anesthetist or as the surgeon's assistant; cleans and sterilizes operating room, anesthesia equipment, and instruments prior to and after surgery
  • Performs in-house health testing of laboratory animals such as polymerase chain reactions (PCR), fecal monitoring and etc
  • Prepares and analyzes specialized reports and analyses
  • Performs and/or assists in surgeries
  • Procures and sets up laboratory equipment, instruments and materials used in performing scheduled tests or experiments in the laboratory or in the field
  • Prepares culture media, chemicals, standard and buffer solutions
  • Maintains breeding colonies ensuring accurate recordkeeping and breeding techniques; maintains transgenic colonies ensuring correct animal identification, sterile handling, and accurate recordkeeping
  • Performs euthanasia procedures as directed by veterinarian either by cervical dislocation (on mice), carbon dioxide asphyxiation, or by injection of euthanasia solutions or chemicals; performs post-mortem exams
  • Provides guidance to others regarding handling, immobilization, anesthesia, analgesia, euthanasia, and post-surgical care for animals
  • Maintains and operates standard laboratory equipment, which may include PCR, pH meter, cleaning and sterilizing instruments, glassware, cages, etc.
  • Records experimental procedures, measurements, observations and results of tests; recognizes and documents any deviation from expected results
  • Maintains necessary records for reports
  • Responsible for requisition, security and inventory of animals, supplies and/or equipment
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials or allergens.


Requires a minimum of an Associate's degree in the field of science, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification, Certificate of Completion as a Laboratory Animal Technician and six years of experience in technical laboratory work. Related progressive experience beyond a high school diploma or GED may be substituted for required education or additional related education may be substituted for required experience. Requires working knowledge of anatomical features in laboratory animals; knowledge of surgical rooms and related equipment; knowledge of blood withdrawal sites for performing serological tests; in-depth knowledge of laboratory techniques, procedures, instrumentation and principles of the appropriate science; scientific math including conversions; basic computer skills; ability to work independently from oral and written instructions; technical aptitude; ability to train and instruct others; and ability to work well with faculty and students and communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Requires knowledge of OR, pre-op and/or post-op procedures. Knowledge of animal breeding techniques and requirements. Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards. Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control. Ability to establish dosages and administer drugs to animals. Knowledge of sterile procedures. Knowledge of data collection techniques. Knowledge of agents, equipment, procedures, and techniques for the provision of anesthesia. Ability to perform routine maintenance and repairs on veterinary and/or animal husbandry facilities and equipment. Ability to assess and treat medical conditions in a wide variety of animals. Ability to establish and/or maintain veterinary/animal husbandry records.


With or without assistance, must be able to routinely lift up to 50 pounds. Requires dexterity in handling delicate instruments and hazardous materials and the ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials. May require a valid vehicle operator's license and evening, weekend and holiday working hours.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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