Animal Care Technician

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #37639

1 need – 4 month c/hire
$18 – $19/average pay per hour
730am -4 pm either tues-sat or sun-thurs (Needs to be open to either)

An ideal candidate would have husbandry experience, a desire to work in a research environment, a good work ethic, and be content providing care for the animals on study.   We have struggled a bit with people who come in as experienced vet techs quickly becoming dissatisfied with cleaning cages.    A candidate with large animal experience , rodent experience, or research experience is a plus.        



Animal Care Technician II                                                                          Grade (if applicable):  S2

Department/College or School/Unit: GCMI / T3 Labs



Please provide a 3-4 sentence summary which defines the role(s) of the job.

Provide daily care, husbandry, and support to the laboratory animals at GCMI / T3 Labs test facility sites.  Maintains the vivarium’s sanitation per SOP.  Maintains and generates the individual animal’s medical records.  Interpret medical orders, calculate pharmaceutical doses and administer medications unsupervised.  Train and mentor Animal Care I.  Reviews medical records and research data for accurate documentation and data collection. 


This position will interact with GCMI / T3 labs other technical positions, research scientist, faculty in order to manage the in-life in vivo portions of the research and customer service.  This position has the experience and knowledge to mentor new Animal Care Tech I employees.


What are the key responsibilities of this job and the percentage of available time spent on each?


ACTIVITY                                                                                                                                                                           PERCENTAGE

Example: Develops Annual Business Plan


  • Provide daily care to laboratory animals including feeding, watering, and cage cleaning.


  • Maintain accurate daily records of animal health as well as all SOP and regulatory required documents.


  • Sanitize animal rooms, cages, and other equipment to maintain a healthy environment for animals.  Operate sanitizing equipment, environmental housing equipment and research related equipment.


  • Interpret medical orders, accurately calculate pharmacologic doses and administer medications.


  • Post-operative exams, evaluations and data collection


  • Assist with the transport and receipt of animals


  • Review and evaluate medical records, research data for accuracy


  • Mentor new Animal Care Tech I staff





High School Diploma/GED & a minimum of  2 year of lab animal exp or veterinary  experience.  Alternatively an  Associates or Bachelor Degree & a minimum of 1 year lab animal exp or veterinary exp.



Are specialized skills required for this job?  What skills are preferred? (e.g., Must be familiar with Banner)

  • Interpret medical orders, accurately calculate pharmacologic doses and administer medications.
  • The ability to understand medical orders both written and verbal.
  • Knowledge of different drug classifications.
  • The ability to perform physical exams on various animal species.
  • The ability to routinely lift more than 50 lbs.





















Are there other variables that should be considered when analyzing this job?



This positions duties, education and experience requirements need to be more clearly defined due the high specialized and technical skill required to work in the GCMI / T3 Labs animal vivarium.


Why is a re-evaluation being requested for this position?  Same as above


List any job duties for which the job holder was previously accountable for which no longer apply. None


List those job duties which were not a part of the position originally but have been assumed.

Cleaning, sanitation of the vivarium.  Calculating, administering food and medication.  Maintenance of medical records.  Post-operative care and treatment.  Animal transport and shipping.  Performing examinations and evaluation of various animal models. 

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