Animal Caretaker 2

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  • Experience Less Than 1 Year

Job Description

Position Summary

Feeds, waters, cleans, and handles biomedical research and clinical animals such as rodents, guinea pigs, rabbits, swine, cattle, cats and dogs.

Prepares and mixes feed, potables, supplements, and special diets for animals.

Cleans and sterilizes animal utensils, cages, pens, rooms, and related areas utilizing  soap solutions according to prescribed sanitary standards.

Prepares and mixes feed, potables, supplements, and special diets for animals.

Assembles and prepares cages and equipment for use within animal rooms.

Weighs and identifies animals.

Operates, cleans, and maintains equipment such as steam sterilizers, cage washers, and other research equipment.

Maintains accurate records on animals including information regarding procurement, breeding, illness, and disposal.

Observes animals for signs of illness and reports symptoms to appropriate veterinary staff.

Assists in animal treatment.

Inventories supplies and equipment and indicates needed items to appropriate supervisor.

Orders, receives and stores materials, supplies, and equipment.

Disposes of animals and waste materials.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

High school graduation or equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of animals and their care. One year satisfactory experience as an Animal Caretaker I or an equivalent combination of technical training and experience. Participate in job related in-service education. Take first level AALAS* examination within one year of hire for CAR** employees.  One year of experience working with laboratory rodent species for CAR ** employees. Willingness to work a flexible shift. Possession of a valid Michigan vehicle operator license(s). Frequent lifting of 26 to 75 pounds and occasional lifting of over 75 pounds.

This position requires, or will require prior to the completion of the probationary period: knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet.

Desired Qualifications

Breeding colony experience; Rodent technical procedure experience.  Certification at ALAT or higher level.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter


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Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

This position is non-union and located off campus in Grand Rapids, MI.

Work Hours

Sunday through Thursday; Sun: 4 hours, Mon through Thurs 9 hours

Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to animal dander.

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