Animal Care Technician I

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Type of Position:
Other Health Care - Research Support

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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving patient care and the lives of Arkansans.
The safety of our team members at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is our top priority. For this reason, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with our Student & Employee Health Services dept. UAMS will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance.

UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks (available for benefits eligible positions only ):

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for qualifying staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

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RESH | Lab Animal Medicine Husbandry Staff

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Summary of Job Duties:

Animal Care Technicians provide direct animal care, maintenance of animal caging equipment and research support to investigators on campus. ACTs will perform daily health checks and provide husbandry to a variety of animal species. The ACTs will perform facility-related tasks such as processing caging and equipment, operating and maintaining automated cage wash equipment and sterilizers, receive, transport and process animal feed and bedding, and perform a variety of animal procedures to support animal research.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (list primary functions of the position with the percent of time generally allocated to each; percent of time must equal 100%)
Animal Care Technician I (ACTI)-
(50%) Cage Changing:
• All resident animals are on a cage/pen or room changing cycle depending on the species. Rodents, our most popular species, must have their cage changed every 7-14 days depending on the caging system.
• Changes cages of the resident animals on an “as needed” basis. While all rooms are on a tentative schedule for change outs, frequently cages will be “spot” changed as needed.
• Follows the standard (or abbreviated) micro-isolator technique for changing cages. Every technician will be appropriately trained in cage changing techniques.
(10 %) Health Assessments:
• Receives training in identifying clinically ill animals.
• Responsible for daily health assessment done on every animal in assigned rooms to include: noting the animal’s feed and water intake, urine and fecal output, hair coat and grooming, patterns, mobility, alertness, general behavior and/or stereotypical behaviors, and research associated issues.___
(10 %) Room Sanitation:
• Responsible for scheduling/planning room, rack, and hood sanitizing cycles; documenting sanitation procedures and keeping them on appropriate timetables.
• Ensuring biosecurity measures by using appropriate containment procedures;
• Ensuring appropriate disinfectants are in date and used properly; and following room logs to make sure all daily and weekly SOPs are followed.
(20 %) Cage Wash/Support areas:
• Responsible for processing animal caging and equipment through cage wash.
• Initiates preparation tasks for upcoming change-out procedures including: caging preparation, bedding dispensing, cage set-ups, water bottle preparation, autoclaving caging, and personal protective equipment preparation, recycling and restocking.
• Responsible for maintaining automated cage wash equipment and sterilizers
• Receive, transport and process feed and bedding.
10 (%)Technical Assistance:
• Performs special requests for investigators and assist veterinary staff (assisting Technical Services personnel with blood collections, genotyping procedures, permanently identifying animals) as needed.
• Ensures that all cages are properly identified and in compliance with the associated federal and state regulations.
• The AHT must be knowledgeable of all aspects of any special projects that are done in the rea.
• Performs related DLAM and maintenance duties, assists with individual research labs and performs related technical and administrative support as needed.
• Engages in cross-training in some veterinary assistant procedures and will perform these procedures as needed or as directed by the veterinary staff.
• Other duties as assigned.
Animal Care Technician II (ACTII)- Performs all job responsibilities of an AHTI as well as:
• Completes more complex animal caretaking duties and specialized in the animal health and veterinary support of individual species.
• Provides research support and training activities as directed. Completes majority of activities independently at the direction of the facility manager.
Animal Care Technician III (ACTIII) The ACTIII will perform all job responsibilities of other ACTs including:
• Tasks that require additional training of animal care and facility knowledge including: hazard containment, immune compromised housing and advanced breeding techniques.
• Assists with day-to-day operations such as facility rounds, inventory, training/mentoring ACT I/II’s, managing clinical cases, assisting in technical services, and participates in development and updating animal care SOPs for all species.
• This position works independently under the direction of the facility manager or others as directed by the Director.
Customer Service: Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines. Assist internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.


ACT I:  HS diploma/GED and 1 year of experience in research environment, veterinary clinic or related field.  ALAT certification within 2 years.

ACT II: HS diploma/GED and 3 years in animal research.  ALAT certification currently and LAT certification required within 2 years.

ACT III: HS diploma/GED and 8 years in animal research or BS/CVT and 5 years of experience. LAT certification currently and LATG certification required within 2 years.

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All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Substance Abuse Testing

This position is subject to pre-employment screening (criminal background, drug testing, and/or education verification). A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 

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