Title Code: 7292
Occ. Group:




East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and
to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under close to general supervision.  Work performed in the daily husbandry, care and observation of laboratory animals; providing limited technical assistance; and performing related duties as assigned.


-  Performs routine animal husbandry tasks, such as grooming, feeding, and watering the animals, and changing of cages and litter pans.

-  Sanitizes cages, pens, animal quarters, animal rooms and support areas.

-  Maintains inventory of animals and cages and supplies.

-  Maintains detailed records on activities and environmental conditions in the animal rooms and support areas.

-  Observes animal appearance and behavior, and reports subtle changes to the supervisor.

-  Performs euthanasia of animals according to set guidelines.

-  Cleans animal quarters including walls, ceilings, floors, sinks, windows, and furniture.

-  Applies basics of federal guidelines and regulations during daily work routine.

-  Operates cage washing equipment, steam sterilizer, high-pressure cleaner, and other equipment.

-  Assists in procurement, delivery and receipt of animals.

-  Maintains adequate supply of clean cages, racks, and watering devices.

-  Prepares and uses sprays, washing and disinfecting solutions, including concentrated acids and caustic chemicals.

-  Assists in clinical and experimental work such as restraining of animals, preparation for operating room procedures or teaching classes.

-  Provides post-surgical nursing care to seriously impaired research models (animals).

-  Administers analgesics, antibiotics, anthelmintics and other medications as directed by the veterinarian.

-  Performs phlebotomy and other paraveterinary procedures to acquire clinical samples for diagnostic purposes.

-  Keeps cages and other equipment in repaired condition and reports malfunction of equipment and services.

-  Cleans and maintains cage and bottle washers, sterilizers, vacuums, and other equipment.

-  Performs minor equipment repair.

-  Maintains adequate supply of feed and bedding and reports shortages.

-  Unloads and places into storage incoming supplies of food, litter, equipment, etc.

-  Maintains work uniforms and practices a high level of personal hygiene.

-  Collects and disposes of waste and carcasses.

-  Operates departmental truck on and off campus and transports animals, supplies and equipment between facilities.

-  Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor or the veterinarian.


-  Knowledge of basic animal husbandry.

-  Knowledge of basic facility management and administration.

-  Knowledge of basic animal health and welfare.

-  Knowledge of cleaning methods and equipment.

-  Knowledge of record keeping.

-  Knowledge of guidelines, requirements and regulations of federal, granting and accreditation agencies.

-  Knowledge of basic technical skills in the care, preparation and use of animals for research and teaching.

-  Ability to maintain mechanical equipment.

-  Ability to handle, care for and transport experimental animals.

-  Ability to observe, keep records and communicate with researchers.

-  Ability to follow instructions.

-  Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees.

-  Ability to operate assigned vehicle.

-  Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees.

-  Ability to move a minimum of 50 pounds.


High school graduate or equivalent; possess a valid Tennessee operator license as issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety; possess or obtain Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 18 months of employment.

  Date       Skill          Eval           
8/30/99       4        342023114



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.