Animal Care Manager

Payroll Title: UCP VII
Class Code: 7004-9087
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 585


Under the general direction of designated administrator(s), directs animal care activities and facilities for multiple university research projects and/or animal colonies and provides complex technical research assistance.


Incumbents in this position are expected to implement a daily program of animal care activities for assigned research projects.  They are expected to exercise independent judgment and make decisions within established guidelines; problems are resolved in conjunction with designated administrator, veterinarian and/or faculty.

The primary focus of this position is directing the delivery of animal care services.  Incumbents in this position are expected to perform all duties of an Animal Care Specialist and to provide direct animal care services as needed.


  1. Plans and implements programs of general care for animals used for research and instructional purposes; monitors compliance with animal care regulations including federal regulations, approved research protocols and standards of health.
  2. Acts as liaison with operating unit agencies, and outside officials regarding laboratory policies and procedures.
  3. Makes recommendations and implements policies or standards for safety of both employees and animals used in research in consultation with designated administrator and animal care veterinarian; monitors the procedures for receiving new animals to ensure animals meet established standards of good health.
  4. Coordinates the continued maintenance and upgrading of animal facilities and related major equipment; makes recommendations for changes to ensure compliance with departmental needs and schedules.
  5. Ensures appropriate inventory of animal care supplies; schedules deliveries and follows up to resolve problems.
  6. Supervises, trains, and coordinates the activities of employees engaged in daily animal care work; determines priorities and work schedules to best meet animal care needs.  Conducts performance evaluations and participates in selecting animal care workers.
  7. Develops and maintains record keeping systems to support the program; coordinates and monitors the processing of necessary paperwork and may prepare reports and future budget recommendations.
  8. Establishes and maintains laboratory procedures; serves as a resource for complex technical laboratory skills, knowledge of research protocols, precise data collection, and data analysis.
  9. Performs animal work-ups, which may include pre-surgical preparation, quarantining, inoculating, and diagnostic testing.
  10. Collects data and participates in the preparation of comprehensive studies and reports regarding space and equipment utilization, time utilization, costs and staffing needs; participates in evaluating program effectiveness and makes recommendations for improvements.
  11. As assigned, designs and implements equipment and building renovation plans, or provides major assistance in such areas.
  12. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in appropriate area or equivalent combination of education and experience which includes certification by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.
  2. Five years experience in animal care services.
  3. Knowledge of federal regulations regarding animal maintenance, handling, restraint and other standards of animal care.
  4. Demonstrated experience with standard laboratory practices and research protocols.
  5. Specialized technical expertise, as required by department/division to be served.
  6. Demonstrated supervisory ability.
  7. Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, technicians, animal care workers, inspectors and veterinarians.
  8. Ability to keep accurate records, prepare reports and plan for anticipated needs.

Date Created: 6/9/00