University of Massachusetts Medical School

Technician, Animal Care

Job Location US-MA-Worcester
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/12/2018 9:17 AM)
Requisition Number
# of Openings
Exempt/Non-Exempt Status
Non Exempt
Union Code
Union Position-W28-SHARE


The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMASS Medical) is a group of diverse businesses that make a significant contribution and impact in higher education, medical research, healthcare consulting/delivery and biotechnology throughout the commonwealth and the world. 


We were recognized by US News & World Report Rankings as one of the best graduate schools for Primary Care Education and rank in the top 10 percent in the nation!  At UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine and MassBiologics, our commitment to excellence, diversity, competitive salary & benefits.  Work-life integration will allow you to build a professionally rewarding career as we work together to positively impact the health of people around the globe




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


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