Animal Care Technician

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Requisition Information

Position Information

Posted with Limited Access No Limited Access Period Ending Date Title Animal Care Technician Posting Number S01176 Full-Time/Part-Time Full-time Typical Hours Per Week 40 Regular, Temporary or Term Regular If temporary or term, enter anticipated end date Benefits Eligible? Yes Hourly/Salaried Hourly Band/Level SP1 Hiring Minimum $15.68 Department Sciences Tech Support Services Location Middlebury, VT Campus Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening Criminal Background Check Position Summary

Position Summary

Works with the Vivarium Manager to ensure that vertebrate, invertebrate, and marine animals receive care in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and experimental protocols and that appropriate support services for investigators are furnished.


Essential Functions

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

• Serves as a member of the animal care team in performing daily care of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and carrying out related activities in the animal facility.
• Oversees daily care for a subset of laboratory animals, ensuring that they receive required care and that the facilities used for these animals are properly maintained in compliance with federal or institutional regulations.
• Assists in maintaining required facility records and data, including health records, animal census and husbandry data, and drugs inventory.
• Assists in developing, implementing and updating procedures, checklists, and other documentation, as required and appropriate.
• Checks and confirms health status of received animals.
• Monitors experiments and experimental environments to ensure that protocols are being followed and that required conditions are being met.
• Ensures that animals are in healthy condition by performing daily observations and assisting with Middlebury College’s Sentinel Health Program.
• Assists in the performance of quality assurance testing and monitoring for systems and equipment, including but not limited to cage washer and autoclave operation, sanitization efficacy, water quality, medication and chemical expiry dates, and evaluation of vendor statistics on animals to be ordered.
• Participates in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee program reviews and facility inspections.
• Ensures that stocks of required feeds, supplies, and equipment required by specific groups of animals are maintained at all times.
• Assists faculty and students in performing animal procedures, including, but not limited to, surgeries, pre- and post-operative care, drug administration, injections, and euthanasia.
• Conducts training sessions for students and faculty, as required.
• Euthanizes animals according to approved protocols and transports them for cremation.
• Arranges transportation of specific animals to campus laboratories and outside facilities, in accordance with applicable regulations and requirements.
• Seeks to improve knowledge and skills by attending seminars and meetings on animal care and welfare, and by undertaking other continuing education activities.

General Responsibilities

•Interacts well with fellow staff members, faculty, and students.
•Performs other duties as assigned.



Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, or an Associate’s degree with equivalent additional experience. Must be AALAS ALAT certified or eligible.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Must have a working knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and with principles and techniques in laboratory animal husbandry.
• Must be able to work with MS Office, including Access.
• Must be detailed oriented, reliable and able to work independently.
• Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to apply relevant scientific concepts and terminology.
• Affinity for animals and respect for their welfare is essential.
• Must be focused, reliable, and able to work both independently and as an effective member of the animal care team.
• Ability to adapt to a fast paced, ever-changing work environment.
• Overtime and holiday work may be required.


Six months of experience in a laboratory animal facility is required with a BA/BS; 18 months with an AA/AS.

Physical Demands

•Must not have any allergies to animals to a degree that prevents performance of required duties.
•Must be able to lift up to 60 lbs. (bags of feed and bedding), and to roll loaded tall cage and cage wash carts throughout the facility.
•Must be capable of bending and stretching to inspect and change cages at low- and eye-level, disinfect walls and ceilings, and wet-mop floors.

Posting Information

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


Some postings require contact information for reference providers for confidential letters of recommendation.

Recommendation Letter Requirements Supplemental Questions for Posting

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    • Other
Applicant Document Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/C V
  3. Certification
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1




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Posted: 1/23/2019
Application Due: 3/13/2019
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