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Animal Care Specialist

Company: Mayo Clinic
Location: Rochester
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:








Comparative Medicine

Why Mayo Clinic

The needs of patients drive research at Mayo Clinic. As doctors treat patients and see opportunities for advancing patient care, they work together with Mayo scientists and research teams to develop new and improved diagnostic tools, medications, devices, treatment protocols and more. Encouraging and including contributions from diverse individuals is critical to Mayo Clinic's future. By leveraging the strengths that each diverse individual and group brings to the table, Mayo Clinic gains the strategic advantages of accelerated innovation, better problem solving, enhanced productivity and job satisfaction, improved quality, and, most importantly, provides better ways to meet the needs of our patients.

Position description

To perform the necessary duties to provide quality care to all animals utilized in research including animal husbandry activities such as feeding, watering, sanitation, observation, and room cleaning. Provides assistance to the veterinary technologist in the care and treatment of laboratory animals. Treats routine small animal health issues such as application of topical medication for skin issues, trims nails, treats malocclusion, provides nutritional and environmental support. Receives, identifies, places incoming rodents (including quarantine), and ships/exports rodents. Monitors rodents with non-life threatening conditions such as prolapsed rectums, neurological deficiencies, malocclusion, etc. May irradiate rodent and cells, conduct parasite testing, provide anesthetic monitoring, operate laboratory equipment, assist in preparing large animals for surgery, and preparing surgical packs. Records entries on animal records, maintenance of rodent health care database and corresponding with principle investigators and research technicians via telephone or e-mail. Processes animal census data and enters into systems for record keeping and revenue billing. Orders and inventories supplies. Recommends ways to improve current procedures or processes to simplify or make them more efficient or more effective. Additional duties may be assigned as the required to fulfill departmental responsibilities.


  • The position requires a minimum of a high school diploma and three years of animal handling experience or Associates Degree and 2 years of animal handling experience or Bachelor's degree and 1 year of animal handling experience.

Additional qualifications

  • Must be able to assume responsibility, work independently, without close supervision, and cooperatively with other animal care technicians.
  • Must be able to carefully follow set procedures as dictated by the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Animals, the Animal Welfare Act and guidelines established by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
  • Must have above average manual dexterity, stand on feet more than 50% of the time, be able to lift 50 pounds, bend or squat routinely, and work with arms above shoulder level.

License or certification

  • Incumbent is required to be certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or higher or have graduated Veterinary Technician/Technologist and obtained Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification within one year.

Exemption status


Compensation Detail

Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended. The minimum pay rate is $18.17 per hour.

Benefits eligible



Full Time

Hours / Pay period


Schedule details

Day shift: 7am/8am - 3:30pm/4:30pm

Weekend schedule

1 out of every 6 weekends; working half days (10am-2pm), Saturday and Sunday

Site description

Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.


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Chadwick Musolf

Equal opportunity employer

As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer Mayo Clinic is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.

Keywords: Mayo Clinic, Rochester , Animal Care Specialist, Other , Rochester, Minnesota

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