Animal Caregiver

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-13
Req: R0019232

The Center for Comparative Medicine is looking for an Animal Caregiver to provide animal care to research animals in a laboratory setting. The Animal Caregiver is responsible for providing animal husbandry and general sanitation for the facility which includes cage-wash duties, use of the sterilizer and general facility upkeep. Candidates must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs. and be comfortable working with lab animals, specifically mice. This position requires standing nearly all day and performing highly repetitive movements of the arms, back and waist. Incumbents will be expected to work a rotating schedule which includes a combination of weekday, weekend, and holiday coverage.


  • Inspection and maintenance of animals, disposal of carcasses, tracking and recording data, and keeping detailed records.

  • Monitor animal husbandry activities.

  • Ensure that daily activities are conducted according to biosafety procedures.

  • When required, administer experimental treatments to animals via gavage or injection.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Experience: One year of lab experience is preferred.

Licensure: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification through American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is preferred.

Physical Requirements: This job requires standing nearly all day and performing highly repetitive movements of the arms, back and waist. Rodent caging is vertically stacked from floor level to approximately 6 feet in height.

  • Up to 25%:
    • Summary Kneeling
    • Squatting
    • Bending, Stooping, Twisting
    • Lifting Above Waist
    • Light Lifting - Less than 20 lbs.
    • Lifting Below Waist
    • Moderate Lifting - 20 - 40 lbs.
    • Carrying
    • Pushing/Pulling
    • Climbing Ladders
    • Climbing Stairs
    • Fine Finger Manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc)
  • 26%-50%:
    • Walking
    • Repetitive Motion
  • 51%-75%:
    • Standing for sustained periods of time
    • Use Both Hands
    • Use of Either Hand, Independently
    • Wrist Movement (twisting or rotating)
  • Protective Clothing/Equipment:
    • Disposable Gloves
    • Protective Clothing
    • Surgical Mask
    • Ear Protection (including earplugs)
    • Hearing protection is required when working with dogs, swine or in cage wash area.
  • Sensory Requirements:
    • Summary Vision (With and without corrective lenses)
    • Depth Perception
    • Color Vision
    • Peripheral Vision
    • Near Vision
    • Hearing
    • Speaking


Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘ANIMAL CAREGIVER' to complete an application online. The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 10/15/2020
Application Due: 1/13/2021
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