Animal Care Technician

$23.00 hourly
  • Apex Systems
  • South San Francisco, CA, USA
  • May 03, 2019
Contractor Biotech Pharmaceutical Research Science

Job Description


  • Performs daily work involving the handling of rodent animal models, animals with immuno-compromised health status, pregnant or nursing dams, neonates, etc.
  • Provide feed and water to animals daily or according to established schedules, including verification of (automated) water supply to the cage level.
  • Perform cage change (primary enclosures) when soiled or according to established schedules, following proper technique and ensures that animals are not contaminated when outside of their primary enclosure.
  • Maintain animal rooms (secondary enclosures) in a neat, clean and orderly state daily so that secondary infections or other contamination do not occur.
  • Perform routine maintenance, sanitation, environmental monitoring, inspect equipment for damage and other routine tasks (clean or change rack air filters, replace room exhaust filters, flush racks, etc.) as required.
  • Maintain support rooms, hallways, cage wash areas, feed and bedding rooms in a neat, clean and orderly state daily so that secondary infections or other contamination do not occur.


  • Knowledge of common murine species including care, handling, genetics and performing technical procedures.
  • Experience working with and caring for domestic, farm or lab animals is desirable.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented, have excellent time management, organizational, communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to learn bar code scanner and iPad technology and be able to use a computer for communication, training and documentation.
  • Customer-focused attitude and enjoys working with similarly dedicated individuals in a team fashion within a high-energy research environment and a proven ability to successfully work independently.
  • Understanding of federal regulations, veterinary medicine and standards related to animal use and be sensitive to the needs of the animals in their care.

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