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Animal Care Technician II

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: University Staff

Official Title: Animal Care Technician II
Business Title: Animal Care Technician II
Employment Class: University Staff; Project Appointment
FTE: 1.00
Compensation: Starting at $19.23 an hour; based on experience
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Terms of Employment: Project Appointment with end date of 3/6/2024; Contingent on contract funding
Position Summary:

Collects samples and administers medication and treatments, in addition to feeding and maintenance responsibilities, to ensure compliance with animal care regulations and support research and instruction. 

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


This position requires the ability:

  • to stand, walk, bend, kneel, reach, and lift 50 lb;
  • to wear a surgical mask and nitrile gloves while on duty;
  • to work in animal rooms with possible exposure to animal hair, dander, etc.; and
  • to work some weekends and holidays in rotation with other team members.  

The successful applicant must complete animal care certification at the hiring institution. Training provided as needed.

30% A. Performance of routine animal husbandry tasks

A1. Feed and water all assigned animals as required.

A2. Handle and restrain animals by appropriate methods.

A3. Transport animals, supplies and equipment between rooms and other facilities.

A4. Monitor animal room temperatures and humidity daily and initiate corrective actions.

A5. Implement approved environmental enrichment practices. Suggest animal enrichment improvements to management.

A6. Clean and sanitize facility support areas, animal rooms, cages, and accessory equipment.

A7. Operate cagewashers, autoclaves, and other equipment as assigned.

A8. Follow written rules and verbal instructions regarding safety procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

A9. Promptly report occupational health and safety problems to the supervisor.

A10. Supervise part-time undergraduate employees in completion of tasks.


20% B. Monitor and assess animal health

B1. Observe all animals in assigned rooms daily for signs of injury or sickness. Report potentially sick or injured animals to investigators and the Campus Veterinarian.

B2. Administer oral, topical, and/or intraperitoneal/subcutaneous injectable medications as directed by investigators or veterinary staff.

B3. Monitor and document animal health following veterinary treatments. Follow up with veterinary staff if animal health is not improving.

B4. Euthanize animals at direction of supervisor(s).


20% C. Conduct squirrel colony/breeding facility procedures

C1. Perform tissue collection for DNA identification. May include tail snip, ear punch or toe clip.

C2. Program and install subdermal microchips for identification.

C3. Set up mating pairs as directed by principal investigators and supervisors.

C4. Care for pregnant and nursing dams and wean offspring appropriately.

C5. Prepare animals for shipment, including documentation and shipping cages.

C6. Pack animals for shipment and meet the transport company pick-up at designated time and location on campus.


15% D. Assist with Research Services

D1. Collect animal weights.

D2. Perform rodent blood sample collection.


10% E. Perform detailed record keeping with no directive from supervision.

E1. Maintain daily animal facility room activity logs records and census sheets. Monthly transfer these to Lab Animal Manager. Rectify any discrepancies.

E2. Ensure that animals are properly identified and accounted for.

E3. Maintain cage cards, animal health, and breeding records.

E4. Maintain databases for study and breeding animals.

E5. Perform other record keeping to ensure animal research compliance is maintained at all times.

E6. Organize work shifts at least two (2) weeks in advance to ensure daily animal care regardless of holiday, vacation, weather, etc.


5% F. Perform other animal care duties as assigned by supervisor.

F1. Interact with other animal care units e.g. off-campus clients receiving colony animals.

F2. Prepare for facility inspections.

F3. Inventory supplies.

F4. Participate in interviews and hiring of part-time undergraduate student employees.


Minimum H.S. diploma.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred: Prior experience with small animal husbandry and/or breeding and/or medical care, especially in a research setting; prior experience supervising a small team; . 
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

  • Statement of interest in position (cover letter)
  • Resume
  • Contact information of three (3) references

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 2, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

This project appointment has an anticipated duration of 2 years. However, due to changes in the budget, project scope, etc., this end date could change. According to UW System Administrative Policy 1256, this project appointment cannot extend past 4 years from the hire date. This position may be converted to a position with the expectation of continued employment in the future. 

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.


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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or