Animal Care Technician

Washington, D.C.
Aug 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Animal Research Facility is responsible for providing the highest standards of care for animals used in research and teaching purposes. The Animal Care Technician provides routine care over a group or groups of experimental animals in the Animal Research Facility, to include interacting with faculty, staff and students concerning the facility and experimental animals. Job functions include: feeding animals, maintaining animal space and lab equipment, and ensuring compliance with university, state and federal regulations. Additional job functions include: ability to handle animals in a safe manner and to exercise basic principles of an animal care related to environmental control, disease control and sanitation. The Animal Care Technician shall maintain and conduct a daily inventory of animals. Observe and monitor the general health of the animals and report and record abnormalities. Prepare and provide animals with regular or specialist diets and water, as directed. Perform basic animal care following operations by administering medications and document records. Clean and sanitize animal rooms. Sterilize and sanitize equipment as needed. Assist in performing euthanasia and perform other special diagnostic tests. Screens and process incoming animals in accordance with regulations. Operate and provide basic maintenance to equipment associated with animal care and use. Perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma/GED, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary plus 1.5 years of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Experience providing routine care over animals within a laboratory and/or animal hospital environment, to include the operation of laboratory equipment is desirable.

Ability to handle animals in a safe manner is necessary and to exercise basic principles of animal care related to environment control, disease control and sanitation.

Ability to perform within a team-oriented work environment.

Ability to work some weekends and holidays based upon a rotation schedule is necessary.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Operations Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Animal Care Stream Service and Support Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Sunday through Saturday Position Designation: Designated On-Site: Employees who are required to physically report to work or remain at work during an emergency or adjustment to the university's operating status Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000351 Job Open Date: 08/11/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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