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Lab Animal Tech 1-U

Date: Feb 11, 2021

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Company: University of Cincinnati

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors > http://bit.ly/UCEMPL


Lab Animal Tech 1-U

The Office of Research Laboratory Animal Medical Services (LAMS) department is looking to fill two (2) Laboratory Animal Technician 1 positions. If you love caring for animals, are customer service driven, have excellent communication and organizational skills and want to work with a dedicated team, then this is the job for you. This position will report to the area supervisor.

Job Overview

Under direct supervision from designated supervisor, maintain sanitation and husbandry programs for a variety of animal species, housing systems, and equipment. Assist in maintaining the health of a variety of laboratory animals following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Essential Functions

  • Perform duties of Laboratory Animal Aide (LAA) positions plus:
  • Maintain sanitation and husbandry programs for a variety of animal species, housing systems, and equipment in accordance with written SOPs. Maintain records on daily log sheets and other forms in accordance with SOPs. Provide basic and special care for cage level barrier housed transgenic and knockout genetically engineered rodents.
  • Observe, record, and report on the health status of animals; determine acceptability of an animal to be maintained in university facilities. Receive, properly identify, and transfer animals to holding cages based on written, oral, or picture directions. Monitor environmental conditions for a variety of animal species (temperature, relative humidity, illumination requirements, air flow, etc.) and report out-of-range conditions to Laboratory Animal Medical Services (LAMS) management. Report any facility problems to LAMS management.
  • Assist the veterinary clinical staff with restraint and treatment of animals; administer medications and special diets; collect specimens/samples. Maintain records on daily observations and report any and all observed health problems.
  • Assist research staff, LAMS staff, and students with restraint of animals and special housing per supervisor approved service requests.
  • Assist with the maintenance of rodent breeding programs, including weaning and identification.
  • Maintain equipment and perform minor repairs; operate cage washers, autoclaves, and laundry washers and dryers. Prepare special protective clothing for use in barrier animal holding areas.
  • Assist with training of LAAs. May coordinate the work of LAA positions.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Minimum Requirements


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED with one year related experience; -OR- be a graduate of a vocational technical high school in animal care (no experience necessary); -OR- have an Associate’s degree in Animal Science or Veterinary Technology (no experience necessary).
  • Some positions may require a current valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.


UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Subject to animal bites and diseases; exposure to animal waste, urine, feces, blood, dander (allergens), and odors; exposure to dust, hot water and steam.


•    Self-starting ability;
•    Good communication skills, willingly works with supervisor and accepts direction;
•    Maintains a good attendance and punctuality record;
•    Ability to effectively plan and organize work and set priorities;
•    Works harmoniously with all and values diversity;
•    Projects a positive image of the institution.


•    An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g., retirement, medical/dental/vision, tuition remission);
•    An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the overall mission of the institution;
•    Growth potential within the university.


Rate of Pay: $15.28 probationary; $16.05 post probation

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Must pass a physical examination and test negative for active infectious tuberculosis prior to starting employment. Must have the ability to lift up 40 pounds.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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