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Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and world‐class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award‐winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non‐certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefit offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.

Animal Care Technician

Apply now Job no: 500932
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Center City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Office of Research & Innovation

Job Summary

The ULAR Animal Caretaker Technician ensures the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals. It includes general husbandry practices, sanitation of the physical plant, animal observations, and record keeping. The incumbent also provides assistance and direction to junior staff and research technicians.

Essential Functions

  • Provide primary care to animals on a daily basis including:
    • Observe animals and report any abnormalities to Supervisor of Animal Care, Veterinarian, and Principal Investigator
    • Maintain detailed animal records which include daily/weekly observations, monthly weights, laboratory procedures and any surgeries or illnesses
    • Responsible for providing food and water to all animals in his/her care (may be responsible for feeding special diets or providing special fluids)
    • Responsible for providing clean and appropriate housing for animals in his/her care
    • Responsible for receiving incoming animals which includes a primary health check, providing immediate housing and notifying the Principal Investigator
    • May be required to co1lect fecal or urine samples
    • May be required to help in the treatment of sick or injured animals, as well as vaccinating and maintaining healthy animals
    • Must have the ability to perform routine laboratory tests, e.g., blood counts and chemistries and microscopic examinations
    • Assist in training new employees and advising Animal Care Technician I
    • Assist Veterinarian and/or Veterinary Technician in performing treatments or procedures on animals
    • Assist the Veterinary Technician in maintenance and supply of the sterile operating room areas
  • Responsible for the physical environment of animals including:
    • Clean and sanitize animal housing areas
    • Clean and sanitize animal cages as directed. This includes the operation of the cage wash machine and the autoclave
    • Clean and sanitize ancillary rooms in the animal facility including receiving, surgery, and recovery areas
    • Responsible for trash and waste removal consistent with University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Responsible for observing and recording the temperature and humidity of all animal housing areas
    • Responsible for observing and reporting any indications of vermin or pest infestation
    • Responsible for inventory of some supplies and equipment required by ULAR
  • Responsible for the proper handling and safe use of all equipment operated in the animal facility
    • Cage Wash Machine: Used to sanitize racks, cages, and water bottles. Must keep accurate records to ensure proper temperature and cleaning capability
    • Autoclave: Used to sterilize caging and supplies. Records must also be kept to validate sterilization
    • Chemical Foamer: Used to apply cleaning and sanitizing agents
    • Heavy-duty floor buffer: Used to scrub and wax floors
    • Wet/Dry Vacuum: Used to remove debris and various liquids
    • Using moving equipment to transport animals, cages, and other ancillary items
    • Clothes Washer and Dryer: Used to wash and dry scrub suits linen and other materials
    • Knowledge of proper use, application, handling, and storage of all chemicals used throughout the facility is required
    • Knowledge of the use and care of common laboratory equipment, e.g. centrifuge, microscope, refractometer and the like are required
  • Maintains confidentiality of workplace information according to policies and procedures of the institution
  • Other Duties As Assigned

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 1 year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1 year of animal-related experience preferred
  • Must be dedicated to the humane care of laboratory animals
  • Have knowledge of common practices of animal care
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks carefully and completely
  • Motor coordination to grasp small animals to avoid injury to the animal or the handler
  • Ability to disseminate relevant information to colleagues
  • Must have knowledge of normal animal behavior
  • Must become certified as AALAS Technologist within 1 year of employment or appointment to this position

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing,walking
  • Lifting demands ≤ 25lbs


Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Non-Exempt with a salary grade of H. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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