Animal Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Aug 2022


Campus: Tempe

Animal Technician

Job Description

ASU Knowledge Enterprise’s Department of Animal Care and Technologies is seeking an Animal Technician. This is the first in a series of three vivarium staff positions (Animal Technician, Animal Technician Sr., Animal Technologist). ASU's DACT strives to develop our staff's skills and promote within the department, so this is an excellent opportunity to join our animal care team!

As an Animal Technician you will be responsible for:

  • Performing husbandry of laboratory animals, including cleaning and preparing cages, cleaning rooms and equipment, feeding and watering animals, and completing documentation related to those activities. 
  • Monitoring and reporting animal health cases and administering medical treatments according to veterinary instructions.
  • Assisting with breeding colony management and/or assisting with research activities, including animal euthanasia. 
  • Working individually and as part of a team to ensure that the animal care program remains compliant with all university, state, federal, and other regulations. ​
  • Physical exam and fit testing for an N-95 respirator
  • MMR and tetanus vaccinations
  • Negative TB test

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

Dept Animal Care Technologies



VP Code


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$16.06-$17.30 per hour; DOE

Close Date

12-August-2022 is the initial close date. Applications will be reviewed each week and continue to be accepted until the job is filled

Essential Duties

  • Perform daily husbandry for animals, including feeding, watering, changing cages, and providing enrichment.
  • Monitor room conditions and complete daily records, both written and electronic. 
  • Clean caging, equipment, animal holding rooms, and other areas of the facility.
  • Operate cage washing and autoclave equipment.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment to meet the standards of the institution.
  • Observe health and behavior of animals, report injuries or abnormalities to the veterinary team, and administer treatments as directed.
  • Maintain a friendly team attitude with coworkers, veterinary team, researchers, and administration staff.

Minimum Qualifications

 One year animal husbandry experience or American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with animals in a research setting
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Evidence of critical thinking and detail oriented skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of husbandry techniques for a variety of animal species

Working Environment

  • Work activities are primarily performed in a climate-controlled animal research setting, with essential precautions in place for safely working with biohazards and chemicals.
  • This job includes long periods of standing and low-demand walking.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling of up to 50 pounds may be required.
  • A dynamic work environment may require the ability to quickly adjust priorities throughout the day.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties.

Department Statement

ASU is committed to the ethical and humane treatment of animals in advancing research that benefits humans, animals, and the environment. ASU’s Animal Care and Use Program provides animal housing, husbandry, and veterinary care; trains researchers on safe and ethical procedures; and ensures compliance with federal, state, and university regulations. The Department of Animal Care and Technologies (DACT) provides exemplary care to all animals housed on campus and technical support to all investigators and instructors who use animals to advance education and knowledge. Learn more about ASU's commitment to animal care at .

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

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