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Animal Care Technician III


This is work providing specialized care and support functions for animals and animal facilities. Manages overall care of animals and/or completes specialized activities such as administering oral medications, injections, specialized diets, etc. Completes junior level animal care duties and responsibilities including cagewash duties as directed by Operations Manager or their designee. Trains other Animal Care Technicians and /or investigative staff. All actions are completed by strictly and consistently following applicable ACS SOPs including safety procedures and policies. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Operations Manager or their designee. Acts as the Operations Manager 1 and completes all associated activities in their absence.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Performs duties of Laboratory Animal Technician II.
  • May administer intramuscular and subcutaneous medications, collect swabs and blood samples for laboratory analysis and/or monitor general post-operative condition as directed by veterinary staff.
  • Maintains detailed records of animal behavior and health status according to established guidelines.
  • Maintains adherence to animal colony sanitation and safety standards; ensures that proper precautions to minimize biohazard dangers are followed.
  • May lead assigned personnel.
  • Ensures that proper procedures are followed in breeding, raising, and tending laboratory animals.
  • Prepares and administers special diets as directed by veterinary staff.
  • Performs methods of animal identification such as rodent ear punching/tagging.
  • Monitors inventories of supplies on a regular basis.
  • Monitors animal care to ensure compliance with established Federal and professional standards.
  • Receives and distributes animals from procurement sources and internal departments.
  • Observes animals for signs of illness or abnormalities; refers cases to veterinary staff.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and three years of relevant experience.

Licensure and Certification

Maintain a valid state driver’s license.


May supervise and direct daily activities of Animal Care Technician levels I and II.

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