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Lab Animal Caretaker

Company: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: April 18, 2019

Job Description:

Req ID: 25421

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time


The laboratory animal caretaker is responsible for providing a variety of animal husbandry services in support of CHOP s mission.


1. Understands and follows all SOPs and Quality Assurance Standards.

2. Performs daily animal health checks and reports any abnormal animal conditions to the veterinary technician and /or Area Supervisor.

3. Disposes of dead animals following standard SOPs and policies.

4. Changes animal caging, to include feed and water, according to SOPs and/or specific approved protocols and the schedule established by the Area Supervisor.

5. Sexes and weans animals according the SOPs.

6. Maintains daily animal census sheets, room equipment and status form sheets, and other forms requested by the Area Supervisor.

7. Cleans and sanitizes animal facility, assigned rooms and cages according to SOPs.

8. Maintains and repairs animal caging and support equipment.

9. Receives, examines, transfers, identifies and properly houses incoming animal shipments according to SOPs.

10. Assist with the restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as requested by the investigators.

11. Perform routine cleaning, descaling, and preventative maintenance on the cage washers and autoclaves, including checking and cleaning filters and spray manifolds.

12. Process clean caging and accessory equipment appropriately, including putting bedding into cages and autoclaving cages and supplies.

13. Understand and follow appropriate SOPs, safety procedures, and quality assurance guide-lines. 14. Prepare and submit records, charts, logs, cage cards, and inventories as required by SOP s. 15. Other duties as assigned to support animal care and welfare.


Achieve AALAS ALAT certification within one year of placement into position.


Required Education: High School/GED


Preferred Experience: Prior experience working with animals in private practice, laboratory animal or zoo animal setting


All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children\'s Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children\'s Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children\'s Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor/Seeking priority referrals for protected veterans. Please contact our hiring official with any referrals or questions.

CHOP Careers Contact

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone: 866-820-9288

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