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Position Description

Laboratory Animal Care Technician

Job ID:  338070

Job Family:  LR-Technical

Full/Part Time:  Full-Time, Regular

Job Code:  4921

Employee Class:  AFSCME Unit 7 - Technical

Position Overview

The LACT position is responsible for providing daily animal husbandry services, including feeding, caring for, and observing the physical condition of mice, rats, and other lab animals for signs of disease or illness. The employee will operate equipment for washing cages and bottles, autoclaves, and dispensing and disposing of bedding. In this position the employee will move/lift heavy equipment and animals. Employee will participate and perform euthanasia of small animals. They will also maintain animal rooms by maintaining records, cleaning, sterilizing, and reporting any malfunctions. Personnel in this position will also maintain adequate supply levels by ordering and properly stocking feed and supplies.

Position Responsibilities

Animal Husbandry (65%):

• Provide daily husbandry including feeding, caring for, and observing the physical condition of mice, rats, and other lab animals for signs of disease or illness

• House incoming animals

• Perform humane euthanasia of small animals

• Operate cage and bottle washers, autoclaves, and bedding dispensing and disposal equipment

Medical Treatment (10%):

• May identify an illness or injury of animals and make preliminary diagnosis of condition

• Use established Standards of Care to perform minor treatment and administer proper medications to the animals

Maintain Animal Rooms and Cage Wash Areas (10%):

• Clean and sterilize rooms

• Complete daily, weekly, and month tasks

• Maintain environment data log

Inventory Control (5%):

• Maintain equipment and supplies for animal rooms and cage wash areas

Professional Development (5%):

• Participate in department, college, and University events, meetings, projects, and initiatives

Additional Duties (5%):

• RAR management may change or assign other duties to this position

Required Qualifications

• High School Diploma or GED

• One (1) year experience with laboratory animals, or one (1) year experience caring for, cleaning, feeding, monitoring, and medicating animals. A combination of related education and experience with laboratory animals to equal one (1) year may be substituted

• Must be able to lift/push 50 pounds

• Must be able to understand and follow written and oral instruction in English

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with rodents

Physical and Environmental Requirements

There will be exposure to animal allergens

• Proof of current Tetanus vaccine must be provided before start of employment

• An annual test for Tuberculosis will be completed for working with certain species

• Due to the high level of noise, a hearing test is performed annually when assigned in a hearing conservation area

• Rabies vaccines or titer will be completed when working with certain species, or the employee may complete a declination form

• An annual Flu vaccine is a requirement to work with some animal species

• Measles titer may be drawn

• The employee may work in wet rooms or around large industrial cage washers

• Employees may work in outside environments in all weather conditions

• Employee may be required to wear a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) or N95 mask

About the Department

Research Animal Resources (RAR) primarily focuses on the service and administration of the animal care and use program at the University of Minnesota. The position of Laboratory Animal Care Technician is union represented, and is part of a staff of over 150 employees including Professional and Administrative staff, Civil Service staff, Union Represented members, and student employees. RAR has a daily census of 24,000 rodent cages in 20 buildings split into 7 geographic teams around the Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job and click on “External Applicants.”  Search for 338070 and click the “Apply for Job” button.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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