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Kelly Services Research Animal Specialist/Husbandry in Boston, Massachusetts

Research Animal Specialist/Husbandry

Boston, MA (will need to take public transportation)

6 months contract to hire lots of opportunity for career advancement and great benefits/free education after becoming permanent employee

1 st shift 7am -3pm M-F

Rate: $19/hr


A Research Animal Specialist provides basic husbandry, health surveillance, and compliance monitoring to laboratory animals. Responsibilities also include performing equipment sanitation, maintaining husbandry equipment records, and supporting the facility teams in daily work as needed. All Research Animal Specialists are required to work in a team environment following Lean Management principles and participate in continuous improvement projects.

We look for diversity in backgrounds and experience. Whether this is your first job working with animals or you have several years of experience, there are plenty of opportunities to use your current abilities and develop new skill-sets at one of the leading academic research hospitals in the country.


The Following Duties are performed daily with minimal supervision:

• Performs Facility Cage and Equipment Wash Operations

• Provides Facility Maintenance and Sanitization

o Maintain animal rooms so that secondary enclosure is free of infectious agents.

o Report facility and environmental issues that fall outside animal welfare regulatory requirements (as defined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals).

• Provides Animal Husbandry Tasks

o Serve as a member of a research animal care team, which is responsible for daily animal husbandry and welfare checks in the facility.

o Perform daily work involving the handling of genetically engineered animal models, animals with immuno-compromised health status, and animals recovering from surgery or other invasive procedures, etc.

o Perform daily animal pen/caging sanitization or changing.

o Provide compliance monitoring of cage conditions. (Overcrowded cage management, spot changing of dirty cages, etc.).

o Record critical facility data/documentation on a daily basis required by local, state and federal regulatory agencies.

o Perform routine euthanasia on laboratory animals according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia.

• Provides Animal Health Monitoring

o Evaluate animal’s health each day and report abnormal clinical signs to the team lead and veterinary staff per SOP.

o Provide follow-up notification and treatment of common health concerns prescribed by the veterinary staff per SOP.

o Reports progress of therapies to the team, veterinary staff, and PI staff via health card notifications and email.


• High school diploma or equivalency degree required

• Experience in care of animals preferred

• Associates degree or higher in veterinary or related science from an accredited institution is a plus.


• Proficient in verbal and written English and Mathematics pertinent to the duties of this position and situations encountered in the animal facility

• Ability to lift and move 50 lbs on a regular basis

• Long periods of standing

• Ability to learn and use bar code/PDA technology and basic computer skills including email and Microsoft Outlook

• Has a customer-focused attitude and enjoys working with similarly dedicated persons in a team fashion within a high-energy research environment

Additional Detail:

  • As your local offices do not support this position, for immediate consideration, please apply online to this posting directly.

  • Resumes in MS Word are preferred.

  • If you have questions about the position, you may contact the recruiter at ; however, your resume must be received via the official posting.

You should know: Your safety matters! Vaccination against COVID-19 may be a requirement for this job in compliance with current client and governmental policies. A Kelly recruiter will confirm and share more details with you during the interview process.

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