Animal Care Technician Assistant

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Pomona, CA, USA
  • Mar 09, 2024
Full time Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Animal Care Technician Assistant

Posting Number: FWS00404
Position Status:
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1308-Department of Animal Care

Function: Research
Family: Animal Care
Classification Series Title: Animal Care Assistant

Classification Pay Scale
In compliance with SB 1162, Western University of Health Sciences is providing a pay scale for this position. The pay scale reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position. Within this range, the individual pay is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and work location. Please note that the compensation details listed reflects the base salary only.

Full Salary Range
Minimum: $18.00
Maximum $18.00

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $18.00
Maximum: $18.00

Job Summary
The employee reports to the Director of the Office of Animal Resources. Under minimal supervision, he/she will provide skilled care and handling of laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner. Primary working areas include standard housing areas as well as specialized areas including, but not limited to, USDA housing areas, bio-hazardous areas, and animal colonies requiring specialized procedures. Also responsible for limited supervisory duties including direction and oversight of work but excluding discipline. Employee will ensure that the facilities and personnel are in compliance with standards set forth by NIH and USDA as well as the IACUC and Institutional SOP.

To maintain a satisfactory environment in the Animal Facilities to meet IACUC and USDA requirements regarding animal health.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job after a reasonable amount of training, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Must be able to work with various types of animals; must disclose any known and existing animal allergies or other medical conditions that would preclude the individual from discharging her/his responsibilities; individuals to be in good physical condition since the position requires regular physical activity such as standing, walking, reaching, pushing, pulling, and lifting.

Must ensure that their facility complies with all animal welfare guidelines and standards set forth by the Animal Welfare Act, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), and the National Institute of Health’s Guide for the Use and Care of Laboratory Animals. United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA) Facilities are subject to inspections to ensure the maintenance of proper conditions.

Required Qualifications
1. High school diploma required.1.1 Suitable written and verbal communication skills in English are required.2. College coursework in Animal Science or biological sciences preferred or working towards a scientific degree.3. Certification recommended: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)
1. Must be Eligible to work in the United States2. Must be able to pass a drug screening

Good knowledge of MS Office (Computer literate)

Preferred Qualifications

Posting Date: 02/15/2024
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants

Essential Job Duties

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty

1.     This individual serves as an essential part of the University’s animal research program by having primary, daily contact with the research animal subjects and continuing responsibility for them. 
2.     Has direct access to contact respective principal investigators in case of any animal health emergencies. 
3.     Maintain database records and log animal husbandry; monitor and logs animal health daily. (Under Senior and Level II Animal Care Technicians supervision)
4.     Monitors, and logs animal health daily. (Under Senior and Level II Animal Care Technicians supervision)
5.     Assists principal investigators with any special animal care needs in accordance with protocols, experiments, and projects.

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

1.     Keeps facilities clean and sanitary. 
2.     Has a primary role as an animal facilities site supervisor on weekends and holidays, assisting the animal care manager on all weekdays.
3.     Serves in a security capacity for the animal facilities during working hours. 
4.     Makes decisions as to the treatment of sick animals in accord with each principal investigator and the campus veterinarian.
5. Assisting with problems as necessary 

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

1.     Quality assurance for all vivarium’s equipment: autoclaves, cage washing, etc… recording the results 
2.     Follow SOPs for the vivarium 
3.     Monitoring the vivarium sentinels
4.     Receive, inspect, and put away incoming animals
5.     Assist with surgeries when needed. 

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

1.     Taking inventory of supplies
2.     Organize feed and bedding supplies in storage facilities.
3.     Observant: Accurately assessing the habits, behavior, and physical appearance of an animal is important to obtaining accurate research findings.
4.     Cleans & sterilizes cages, equipment, supplies, and rooms.
5.     Under minimal direction, performs caretaking duties involving specialized handling, feeding & general care of animals


Percentage Of Time

Describe Work Environment
The work environment is indoors. Noise levels are minimal but are dependent on the animals. May be exposed to bedding, where dust, hay, and other allergens exist. Work in a Lab setting with exposure to animals/biohazards/chemicals.

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