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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 7285 

Occ. Group: 411.959 

Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Expectations for All Employees

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 COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under immediate supervision. Work performed in the routine care and handling of experimental animals and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Cleans and washes cages, pens, animal quarters, and equipment.

Measures, grinds, and mixes feeds according to specific instructions.

Maintains simple records and inventories of animals, feed, bedding, equipment, and environmental controls and recordings.

Observes animals and informs supervisor of any unusual signs or behavior.

Provides some nontechnical assistance in laboratory experiments.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of cleaning methods and equipment.

Knowledge of simple record keeping.

Ability to care for and handle experimental animals.

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

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to provide assistance of a nontechnical nature to researchers.

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

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Graduation from a standard high school. 

Date         Skill         Eval         
10/1/80        2     222012113

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.

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