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Animal Caregiver


Animal Caregiver

  • R0043199
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Research
  • The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia seeks applicants for multiple Animal Caregiver opportunities. 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. Work is routine and assigned at the task level, under direct supervision, in consultation with veterinary staff. Incumbents are expected to work a rotating schedule which includes a combination of weekday, weekend, and holiday coverage.

What you will do:
  • Inspect and maintain the health of animals, dispose of carcasses, track and record data, and keep detailed records.
  • Monitor animal husbandry activities.
  • Ensure that daily activities are conducted according to biosafety procedures.
  • When required, administer experimental treatments to animals.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • High School Diploma or equivalent and at least 1 year of related work experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with lab or animal handling experience
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Vaccination: This position requires compliance with UVA Health Policy OCH-002 .

The ability to stand for extended periods of time; push, pull, and move carts and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.; conduct work that requires repetitive movements.

Preference will be given applicants with an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certificate (ALAT)

Benefits Include : The choice between 3 different health plans; vision and dental insurance; life insurance; retirement; benefits savings accounts; starting with 22 days of paid time off a year in addition to 12 or more paid holidays; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; short term disability; up to $5,250 after your first year for combined use of tuition toward a degree-seeking program and more!

Starting Salary : $17.00 / hour

Application Instructions: Please apply through Workday and complete an application online. Include the following document:
  • CV/resume

Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For questions about the application process, please contact Jessica Speth, Academic Recruiter. Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a background check per university policy.

Physical Demands

Up to 25% of time:
Kneeling, Squatting, Bending, Stooping, Twisting, Lifting Above & Below Waist, Light & Moderate Lifting - Up to 40 lbs., Carrying, Pushing & Pulling, Climbing Ladders & Stairs, Fine Finger Manipulation (Keyboarding, Pipefitting, Bench Work, Etc.).

26-50% of time:
traveling & Repetitive Motion.

51-75% of time:
Standing for sustained periods of time, Use of Both Hands, Independent Use of Either Hand, 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
Vision (With and without corrective lenses), Depth Perception, Color Vision, Peripheral Vision, Near Vision, Hearing, Speaking.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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