Part-Time Animal Care Taker

Penn State University

College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Campus City:
Hershey, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Penn State College of Medicine
Comparative Medicine
Full/Part Time:


Provide husbandry and medical care to laboratory animals, mix and dispense medications, maintain animal husbandry, research data base and room maintenance records, perform facility sanitation and operate facility equipment and perform basic laboratory tests. This position involves daily exposure to laboratory animals and their waste products. Administer medications via different routes; mix medications in the proper concentrations; give continuous intravenous medications. Utilize proper sterile techniques in handling medications and intravenous solutions. Recognize changes in the proper function of computers and drive units; monitor information and take proper action to correct and notify appropriate support personnel as needed. Recognize and evaluate changes in animals’ physical conditions; take proper action and call appropriate support personnel. Restrain animals for blood samples, catheter insertion and other tests as needed. Maintain detailed accurate records of animals, data, medications, intake and output daily. Set-up, prepare for surgery and assist in the animal operating room as required. Understand and follow verbal and written orders given by the Program Manager, Clinical Veterinarians, Veterinarian Technicians, Research Support Specialist and Principal Investigator’s. Perform intensive care duties on a wide variety of animals with varying operations/complications and perform routine care on stable animals. Perform laboratory tests as directed i.e. blood gases, hematocrits, clotting times, etc. React properly to and follow in-house procedures for handling alarms and power failures. Maintain inventory records and inventory at the proper levels. Feed, water and care for animals in a humane fashion according to AALAS and the “GUIDE”. Assist in the transport and washing of animals. Maintain animal rooms and facility hallways in a clean state to avoid secondary infections or contamination by promptly and thoroughly removing animal waste, keeping the room and all equipment clean, removing trash daily and changing air filters regularly. Comply with Animal Facility and Penn State College of Medicine policies and standard operating procedures. Attend meeting and training sessions on all aspects of laboratory animal care, research and uses of animals in biomedical research as assigned by the management staff. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. This position requires the knowledge and ability to learn and use various technical animal care and research equipment including, but not limited to centrifuge, blood gas machine, ventilator, IV fluid pump, clotting time analyzer, etc. Requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests and procedures and requires the ability to administer medications properly. This position requires proficient verbal and written English and mathematic skills pertinent to the duties of this position and situations encountered in the animal facility and operating room. Demonstrate proficiency for core SOP’s and mathematical calculations and ability to perform conversions in order to prepare and administer the proper medications at the proper concentrations. Requires the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Customer focused attitude, self-starter and enjoys working with other similarly dedicated persons is a must. Attend quarterly or as needed, training, review sessions and/or seminars. Requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis and requires long periods of standing. The animal facility has a variety of environmental conditions including exposure to noise, dust, chemical, heat and animal waste products. The use of appropriate protective clothing and equipment may be required and will be provided, when required, along with the proper training. Work requires a high school diploma or equivalent. A minimum of 1 year experience working with animals in a veterinary assistance / technician capacity is preferred. Licensed Veterinary Technician is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree in a biological science or veterinary science field is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license. This is a part time wage payroll position, weekend and holiday work required. Shifts ranging from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. midnight, 12:00 a.m. midnight – 8:00 a.m.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088