Washington University of St. Louis Comparative Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Provide and document care and husbandry for multiple animal species in accordance with departmental SOPS and regulations and guidelines of the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service, to assure a quality animal care program that supports the research and teaching at Washington University. Provide care in specialized situations including biohazard, quarantine, and bioexclusion. Rotating weekend and holiday work is required.


  1. Provide and document daily husbandry care to multiple species including rabbits, non-human primates, canines, and rodents. Care includes the provision of feed, water, clean cages, and enrichment.
  2. Sanitize and maintain rodent colony rooms according to schedule to include sweeping and mopping animal quarters and procedure rooms, disinfecting all areas in room, rotating animal cages, cleaning large equipment, and stocking room supplies.
  3. Observe animals daily for clinical or behavioral signs of illness, and provide treatments as directed by veterinary staff. Report findings to Supervisor, Facility Manager or DCM Veterinary staff in a timely fashion.
  4. Correctly handle and dispose of hazardous wastes according to standard operating procedures.
  5. Perform additional duties as required by supervisor/manager/department, which may include hands-on training of junior-level technicians.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent 2 year’s relevant laboratory animal research facility experience.
  • REQUIRED LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: None at hire; must obtain Purina certification within 6 months. Must obtain AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) within two years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree, AALAS certification (LAT) and 3 years of experience in laboratory animal care.
  • Ability to comprehend written and spoken English terms used in a biomedical research environment, and able to comprehend and follow SOPs and written instructions from veterinary, supervisory and research staff.
  • Ability to flexibly cover husbandry in specialized situations or multiple animal facilities, including swing coverage for absent co-workers.
  • A conscientious attitude and concern for quality is a must.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $12.91 - $17.26 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Med School HR website (medschoolhr.wustl.edu)

Applicant Special Instructions

Must be able to lift 50 labs and pass a pre-employment physical exam.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Laboratory Animal Technician II - Comparative Medicine - 41021

Job ID: 41021

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular