Animal Care Specialist

Payroll Title: UCP V
Class Code: 0527-9085
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 505


Under the general supervision of designated administrator, coordinates animal care functions and facilities for a large department with multiple research projects and/or multiple animal colonies and provides standard technical research assistance.


Incumbents are expected to work independently but within the defined procedures and guidelines established by the supervisor and to provide direct animal care services.


  1. Administers a program of general care for animals used for research and instructional purposes; works in cooperation with supervisor and research project leaders to ensure compliance with federal regulations, approved research protocols and standards of good health.
  2. Oversees employees engaged in animal care work; plans workflow and determines priorities, coordinates work schedules and assists with or conducts first-level performance evaluations; may participate in selecting animal care workers.
  3. Evaluates training needs of animal care workers; makes recommendations and works with supervisor to provide training programs related to proper standards of animal care.
  4. Works cooperatively with supervisor and others to ensure continuing maintenance and upgrading of animal facilities and related major equipment; makes recommendations for changes and as assigned, performs routine maintenance and repair of equipment and animal facilities; follows up to resolve problems.
  5. Maintains appropriate inventory of feed and other animal care supplies, projects requirements for feed, bedding, caging and other materials, and submits orders; retains records for animal accounting, inventory supplies and research, as appropriate.
  6. Receives new animals and checks to ensure animals meet established standards of good health; alerts supervisor and others to problems.
  7. Performs standard laboratory research techniques and may maintain specialized animal colonies, which require technical laboratory skills, knowledge of research protocols, precise data collection and data analysis.
  8. Assists with comprehensive studies and reports regarding space, equipment, costs and staffing needs; makes recommendations for improvements.
  9. May assist with animal work-ups, including pre-surgical preparation, quarantining, inoculating and diagnostic testing.
  10. May participate in design and implementation of equipment and building renovation plans.
  11. 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. Three to five years in a responsible animal care position under formal working conditions.
  3. Knowledge of federal regulations regarding animal maintenance, handling, restraint and other standards of animal care
  4. Knowledge of standard laboratory practice and research protocols.
  5. Specialized technical expertise, as required by department/division to be served.
  6. Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, technicians, animal care workers, inspectors and veterinarians.
  7. Ability to keep accurate records, prepare reports and plan for anticipated needs.

Date Revised: 06/01/00