Laboratory Animal Technician

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Pomona, CA, USA
  • Dec 27, 2023
Full time Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Laboratory Animal Technician

Posting Number: S00849
Position Status: Full time
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1309-Research and Biotechnology

Function: Healthcare
Family: Animal Care
Classification Series Title: Technician

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: $17.00
Maximum $30.19

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $17.00
Maximum: $19.00

Job Summary
The employee reports to University Attending Veterinarian. 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Properly evaluating the facts and information relative to the animal care and welfare.
Ability to accurately and clearly describe and record observations, calculations, and findings.
Ability to accurately assess the habits, behavior, and physical appearance of an animal to obtain accurate research findings. Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to multitask in a busy research setting.

Required Qualifications
Education Required: High School diploma or GED.
Experience Required: Two years of relevant experience.
Certification/Licenses/Registration: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). Certification must be obtained within one year of hire or promotion.

Preferred Qualifications

Posting Date: 06/10/2020
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Essential Job Duties
Essential Job Duties

Job Duties

Feeds and waters animals.
Changes animal caging as scheduled, sanitizing rooms, equipment and hallways.
Assists investigators and veterinarians in performing routine and specialized procedures.

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Administers prescribed medications.
Maintains accurate animal health records.
Provides pre- and post- surgical care of animals. Conducts daily animal health checks.

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Job Duties

Establishes, monitors and maintains non-animal and animal inventories.

Ensures that activities are in compliance with AAALAC standards.

Orders laboratory supplies and pharmaceuticals.

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Assigns work activities of less experienced Lab Animal Technicians.

May lead or guide the work of student employees.

Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

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Describe Work Environment
Duties are routinely performed in a typical laboratory setting. While performing duties in this setting the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather), and risk of electric shock.
The employee is regularly exposed to wet humid conditions (non-weather), moving mechanical parts, and high precarious places. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat (non-weather), and risk of radiation. The noise level in this setting may be loud due to the noise of ventilation system, hydraulic body hoist, pig care and pig surgery.
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