Animal Caregiver
Job ID: R0028352 | Animal Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Comparative Medicine is looking for an Animal Caregiver to provide animal care to research animals in a laboratory setting. The Animal Caregiver is responsible for providing animal husbandry and general sanitation for the facility which includes cage-wash duties, use of the sterilizer and general facility upkeep. Candidates must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs. and be comfortable working with lab animals, specifically mice. This position requires standing nearly all day and performing highly repetitive movements of the arms, back and waist. Incumbents will be expected to work a rotating schedule which includes a combination of weekday, weekend, and holiday coverage.

Anticipated Salary: $15/hour with UVA Benefits


  • Inspection and maintenance of animals, disposal of carcasses, tracking and recording data, and keeping detailed records.

  • Monitor animal husbandry activities.

  • Ensure that daily activities are conducted according to biosafety procedures.

  • When required, administer experimental treatments to animals via gavage or injection.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Experience: One year of lab experience is preferred.

Licensure: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification through American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is preferred.

Physical Requirements: This job requires standing nearly all day and performing highly repetitive movements of the arms, back and waist. Rodent caging is vertically stacked from floor level to approximately 6 feet in height.

  • Up to 25%:
    • Summary Kneeling
    • Squatting
    • Bending, Stooping, Twisting
    • Lifting Above Waist
    • Light Lifting - Less than 20 lbs.
    • Lifting Below Waist
    • Moderate Lifting - 20 - 40 lbs.
    • Carrying
    • Pushing/Pulling
    • Climbing Ladders
    • Climbing Stairs
    • Fine Finger Manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc)
  • 26%-50%:
    • Walking
    • Repetitive Motion
  • 51%-75%:
    • Standing for sustained periods of time
    • Use Both Hands
    • Use of Either Hand, Independently
    • Wrist Movement (twisting or rotating)
  • Protective Clothing/Equipment:
    • Disposable Gloves
    • Protective Clothing
    • Surgical Mask
    • Ear Protection (including earplugs)
    • Hearing protection is required when working with dogs, swine or in cage wash area.
  • Sensory Requirements:
    • Summary Vision (With and without corrective lenses)
    • Depth Perception
    • Color Vision
    • Peripheral Vision
    • Near Vision
    • Hearing
    • Speaking

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22908

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