Lab Animal Assistant

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Lab Animal Assistant

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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.

Posted Job Title
Lab Animal Assistant

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.

Daily cleaning/disinfection of canine enclosures - mostly kennel runs - few transport cages.

Husbandry procedures such as weights, trimming nails, cleaning ears and bathing dogs according to schedule.

Maintain cleanliness of facility including labs.

Recover animals after procedures.

Must be extremely observant to animals needs and report issues to senior staff.

Excellent communication skills and attention to detail required.

Working staggered work schedule and assigned holidays is required.

Other duties as assigned.

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


Ability to lift over 50 lbs. on a routine basis - required

Ability to bend, crouch, climb ladders and do physically demanding work on a daily basis - required

High school diploma or GED - preferred

1 years experience with animals - preferred

Ability to work well with others and work independently - required

Ability to work flexible staggered work schedule, (ex: Wednesday-Sunday) and assigned holidays-required


Working Conditions

High noise environment, Exposure to chemicals, Alternative work schedules, Requires protective devices, High dust, dirt, grease environment

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.

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Job No:
Posted: 9/1/2020
Application Due: 10/31/2020
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