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Animal Husbandry Technician

Animal Husbandry Technician

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
RESH Lab Animal Medicine Husbandry Staff
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The Animal husbandry Technician (AHT) functions as the front-line leader and technical expert in all aspects of animal care, husbandry, well-being and welfare.  The AHT oversees and coordinates all non-specialized (conventional) and specialized animal housing areas (barrier type conditions, quarantine housing, breeding colonies, post-surgical patients, and non-traditional species (i.e. ferrets).  S/He assists in developing, updating, maintaining and implementing all standard operating procedures in the facility.  The AHT works independently, yet under the direct instruction of the facility manager. 


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS.
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only).
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, 12 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave (additional leave available depending on status).
  • Career Training Opportunities.

Salary offered commensurate to experience.


  1. Changes cages of the resident animals on an “as needed” basis following the standard (or abbreviated) micro-isolator technique for changing cages in most areas.  
  2. Assess the health of animals on a daily basis which includes noting the animal’s feed and water intake, urine and fecal output, hair coat and grooming patterns, mobility, alertness, general behavior and/or stereotypical behaviors, and research associated issues.
  3. Responsible for scheduling/planning room, rack, and hood sanitizing cycles; documenting sanitation procedures and keeping them on appropriate time tables; ensuring biosecurity measures by using appropriate containment procedures; ensuring appropriate disinfectants are in date and used properly; and following room logs to make sure all daily and weekly Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed.
  4. Performs tasks in preparation for upcoming change-out procedures, including caging preparation, bedding dispensing, cage set-ups, water bottle preparation, autoclaving caging, and personal protective equipment preparation, recycling and restocking. 
  5. Monitors inventory counts and orders supplies.
  6. Performs special requests for investigators and assists veterinary staff (assisting Technical Services personnel with blood collections, genotyping procedures, permanently identifying animals) as needed and determined by the supervisor.  
  7. Ensures that all cages are properly identified and in compliance with the associated federal and state regulations. 
  8. Performs related Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) and maintenance duties; and assists with individual research labs and performs technical and administrative support as needed. 
  9. Assists in training new employees and research staff as needed.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma/GED plus one (1) year of experience in a research environment, medical setting, veterinary clinic, or a related field OR two (2) years of college (120 hours) in a related field.
  2. Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification or must obtain within two years of employment.
  3. Proficient with computers (Word and MS Office preferred).



  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.



All Animal Husbandry Technicians must attain ALAT certification within the first two years for continued employment.  Some AHT certification training will be done during DLAM hours of operation but the majority must be done during the AHT’s personal time off.  DLAM will provide study materials and pay for the certification exam one time.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Occasionally
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Occasionally
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
Talk: Occasionally
Hear: Occasionally
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Occasionally
Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment, Inside Medical Facility Environment
Noise Level: Quiet
Visual Requirements: Not required
Hazards: None