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Senior Animal Technician

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 6, 2023

Hiring Department

Life Sciences Center

Job Description

The Office of Animal Resources is pleased to announce the opening of a Senior Animal Technician within our veterinary service.

The primary purpose of this position is to expand the research support services provided by the Office of Animal Resources (OAR). The number of labs on campus utilizing OAR for Principal Investigator (PI) support is growing, and this position allows for more consistent technical service availability across campus. This position helps to develop and implement a colony management service provided by OAR to labs. Finally, this position provides support for the veterinary care of research animals.

Job duties include, but are not limited to the following:
PI technical support (rodents)-anesthesia, blood collection, gavage, injections, minor surgical procedures.

PI technical support (large animals)-anesthesia, blood collection, injections.

Colony Management services (rodents)-setting up breeders, performing weanings, collecting samples for genotyping, frequent communication with the colony management supervisor regarding individual colony status.

Veterinary care support (rodents)-assisting with rodent health issues (documenting checks and information on rodent medical records), performing nail and teeth trims, administering medications and fluids, euthanasia, necropsy.

Office clerical work-maintaining health records (organizing and filing records), maintaining campus anesthesia records (scanning and filing records).

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Salary Range: $14.09 - $24.59/hour

GGS Grade: 6


Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Hours will generally be 8 am-5pm Monday-Friday, though certain projects may necessitate work outside of those hours or on weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in the field of laboratory animal medicine or a research lab. AALAS certification (ALAT, LAT, LATG, CMAR) is preferred. Graduation from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Program is preferred.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and list the names and contact information for three references.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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