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Laboratory Animal Technician (Casual)

University of Toronto
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
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Laboratory Animal Technician (Casual)

Date Posted: 05/13/2022
Req ID: 24274
Faculty/Division: UofT Scarborough
Department: UTSC:Ofc of Vice-PrinResearch&Innovation
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


General Description:

In the UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal Research Animal Vivarium we take pride in our facility ensuring the highest standards of animal care are met. We provide a welcoming, service-oriented, clean and safe research environment for students, faculty, and staff.. Under general supervision performs routine activities as it relates to routine animal husbandry (rodents, aquatics, aviary) and cage wash practices in the vivarium.

Typical Duties

Flexibility of the employee to perform a wide variety of functions is necessary in successfully fulfilling the requirements of this position. The degree to which each employee performs each of the following tasks listed below will vary according to where and when the employee is scheduled to work (e.g. weekend/weekday):

    Responsible for cage wash duties including dumping and loading of dirty cages as well as the unloading and preparation of clean cages.Performs general animal room husbandry practices including cage changing and provision of fresh food/water to animals. Observes animals on a daily basis and promptly reports concerns to the veterinary technician or veterinarian. Restocks room supplies including the maintenance and replacement of soap dispensers; air filters; paper towels; garbage; and sharps containersDons appropriate personal protective equipment;Properly disposes of dead animals and waste materials;Responsible for the tidiness of animal rooms, procedure rooms, and corridors;Accurately records tasks performed (husbandry, cage wash, room cleaning/conditions and observations);Performs other duties as assigned/required depending on shift worked (e.g. participates in weekly staff meetings; may assists with animal care practices as directed by a veterinarian or a veterinary technician; email/telephone correspondence as needed, etc.)

Minimum Requirements for Selection:


Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent combination of education and experience. Students enrolled in a vet tech program or a recent graduate of a vet tech or animal care program are encouraged to apply.


One year of work experience in the animal research field or other animal-related field.


Must have excellent attendance record and initiative. Physically capable of performing the required duties, including lifting up to 50 lbs. Must be willing to participate in the University Health and Safety program, which includes the requirement to undergo an immunization program depending on the work environment. Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral and written). Ability to take direction and work independently. Ability to work weekends and holidays as required. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity,inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment.


  • This is a part-time casual position.
  • There is no guarantee of hours. Hours could be flexible based on availability.
  • This is a term position ending May 2023

Closing Date: 05/30/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: CUPE 3261 Casual-Hourly
Appointment Type: Term Casual-Budget
Schedule: Part-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: Start Rate: $15.00/hr-15.28/hr after 12 months-16.86/hr after 24 months
Job Category: Facilities/Ancilliary Services

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


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