Lab Animal Technician Asst I

Rochester, NY


The Laboratory Animal or Cagewash Technician Assistant will perform activities associated with the provision of routine husbandry services done in one or more animal housing rooms containing various species of laboratory animals. They will provide general and technical assistance to supervisors, investigators, animal health, and veterinary staff. Provides support to Vivarium common service areas or functions such as cagewash room, waste/trash removal, and sterile supply. Some assignments, though technically oriented, may require physical exertion.


  • Understands the critical role of the animal care or cagewash technician assistant as an integral member of the research team and the importance of their individual responsibility for the integrity of various aspects of research projects. Understands the detrimental consequences to research projects and animals that their failure to fulfill such responsibilities can entail.Utilizes knowledge and awareness of standards, requirements, and federal and state regulations. Provides all needed husbandry services for one or more species of laboratory animal. Assures that all standards and conditions pertinent to the proper care and maintenance of assigned species are met.

  • Utilizes knowledge of normal behavior and physical condition to evaluate overall well-being of animals by observing them daily for signs of ill health or other abnormalities. Knowledgeable of factors and considerations involved in the transmission of animal diseases and the role of the animal care technician, animal health technician, and research staff in preventing such disease transmission.

  • Reads, understands, and follows instructions contained in posted Standard Operating Procedures. Executes special instructions involving deviations from Standard Operating Procedures as they relate to animal health, biosecurity, cage sanitation, or veterinary care. Maintains records such as animal and supply inventories, animal room or cagewash logs, and special charges. May prepare special reports as requested. Knows the importance of individual animal and project identification and practices established methods to maintain accurate records. Determines the sex of all common laboratory animals (eg. adults, juveniles, and neonates) and/or the housing biosecurity, sanitation and sterilization needs of all laboratory animals.

  • Inspects and evaluates caging, physical plant, and other equipment for conditions affecting laboratory animal well-being and staff safety and reporting any problems. Follows through to assure that reported problems have been resolved.

  • Knows and abides by the requirements pertaining to attendance as well as personal hygiene and institutional policies concerning to use of hazardous substances and the safe use of equipment.

Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Diploma required.

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • General experience with animals in a work environment or a research environment is preferred.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $17.00 - $22.10 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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