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Farm Animal Research Technician – Swine

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Job Summary

The Department of Animal Science Research Farm is seeking a Farm Animal Research Technician. This position will supervise technicians and students in the feeding and care of research animals and monitor animal health and environmental conditions. This position will also assist faculty with various research projects and clinical instruction of students. Additional responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Instructing staff in the proper amount of feed for animals based on age, body weight and general guidelines
  • Overseeing the preparation of experimental supplements and feed as determined by research project
  • Ensuring animals are maintained on a health program which includes vaccinating, treatment management, deworming, etc
  • Diagnosing common illnesses and administering medications (injections, capsules, etc.) as appropriate and consulting with supervisor or veterinarian if unable to diagnose problem or if animal is not responding to treatment
  • Assisting supervisor in selecting replacement animals and visually inspecting newly acquired animals to determine their general health and suitability for research; May be required to euthanize animals as necessary
  • Observing animals for problems and signs of heat activity and assisting supervisor in determining appropriate breeding time and breeding selection
  • Performing artificial insemination on animals
  • Determining when to relocate animals in the proper pens for different phases through gestation and assisting veterinarian with breech births or caesarian sections at delivery time
  • Ensuring newborn animals are weighed, fed, identified properly, medicated, etc
  • Maintaining records of research animals such as birthing, breeding, health, reproductive status, identification and other records related to research
  • Supervising technician and students performing research
  • Recording procedures used, results of experiment, environmental changes, identification, treatments, etc
  • Assisting in teaching undergraduate students at various labs at the Swine Unit
  • Maintaining inventory of equipment and supplies
  • Serving as facility tour guide for various staff, research personnel, school children, Purdue classes and the general public
  • Ensuring cleanliness and orderliness of facility




Bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry or related field
2 years of general farm experience
1 year of dairy/swine/beef/poultry experience
In lieu of degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience; Associate’s + 4 years’ experience and High School/GED + 6 years’ experience
Working knowledge of nutrition, animal behavior, animal husbandry and recordkeeping
Ability to transport and properly restrain animals utilizing a variety of techniques
Strong communications skills
Valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license


Farm equipment experience

Additional Information:

Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.
A background check is required for employment in this position.
This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing.
FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

2 years
How to apply:

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