University of Massachusetts Medical School Technician, Animal Care in Worcester, Massachusetts


Under the immediate supervision of the Animal Facility Supervisor (or Designee), the Animal Care Technician performs a variety of duties related to the care of laboratory animals. Primary responsibilities are to maintain a clean and healthy environment for laboratory animals and observe animals for their general health and well being.


  • Observes, records, and reports atypical findings of the environment, physical plant, and animal health or behavior. These observations are to include but are not limited to sick animals, maintenance problems, safety hazards, mistreatment or inappropriate treatment of animals.

  • Performs animal husbandry duties; e.g., feeding, watering, cage/pen cleaning.

  • Sanitizes animal rooms, animal procedure rooms, animal corridors, cage-wash rooms, animal morgue refrigerator, and necropsy room.

  • Handles restraint and sexing of laboratory animals.

  • Maintains animal room records; e.g., census, sanitation, enrichment, feeding, and cage card animal identification.

  • Prepares and distributes routine medications as directed by veterinary staff; e.g., medicated drinking water or feed.

  • Sanitizes all animal care equipment

  • Operates and performs routine maintenance on floor machines, rack washer, bottle washer, tunnel washer, autoclaves, and bio-safety cabinets / clean bench hoods.

  • Assist Grade 13 or above personnel in the operation and maintenance of aquatic life support systems and or robotic cage wash equipment.

  • Maintains validation records of cage-washer efficiencies and room maintenance records of assigned areas.

  • Keep assigned work areas stocked with supplies needed for routine operation of the area.

  • Removes and disposes of waste.

  • Operates Shuttle Vehicles.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Valid Class D State Drivers License

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Physical Requirements:

  • Bending, stooping, and lifting (Must be able to lift 60 lbs.)

  • Must be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Minimum required PPE; scrubs, exam gloves, head cover, dust mask, shoe covers. Additional PPE; e.g., safety glasses, face shield, jump suit, respirator may be required for some areas.

  • Shower may be required

Working Title: Technician, Animal Care

Requisition Number: 2017-28877

Shift: Day

Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Non Exempt

Union Code: Non Union Position-W00-Non Benefited

External Company Name: University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.