Laboratory Animal Caretaker (Laboratory Animal Technician)
Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info



Department Information

The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) is to provide high quality, humane care for research and teaching animals at Indiana University Bloomington, and to ensure compliance with federal laws and guidelines and campus policies related to animal use. Our team of animal care professionals work in a fast-paced environment where professional and personal growth is encouraged.

Job Summary

  • Performs animal husbandry (care, feeding, watering, and cleaning); monitors animal health and observes for overt signs of disease; reports any changes; handles, restrains and transfers animals as directed; performs euthanasia and disposes of remains and/or carcasses as needed.
  • Administers medications and performs treatments on animals as directed; assesses active clinical cases and reports findings; collects specimens, such as blood and/or microbiological swabbing, as directed; provide assistance in various procedures and operations.
  • Maintains sanitation of both the animal care equipment and the animal facility; removes excreta and debris; uses detergents and disinfectants to clean and sanitize cages, animal rooms and related areas.
  • Maintains/verifies proper record keeping (census, breeding records, animal health, surgery and maintenance records, document, sanitation, and equipment maintenance); participates in receiving, storing, and rotating feed, bedding, and other animal husbandry supplies and equipment.
  • Demonstrates proper techniques and may provide guidance to less experienced technicians.



  • High school diploma or GED.

  • 2 years relevant animal care experience.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.


  • Valid driver's license and ability to be insured by Indiana University upon date of hire.
  • AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification upon date of hire.

  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Experience in a regulated environment
  • Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner
  • Strong verbal communication and listening skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Highly thorough and dependable

Working Conditions / Demands

This position requires the ability to move about for long periods of time, perform repetitive movements, and operate equipment, tools, or controls. It also requires the ability to move items weighing up to 40 lbs. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential duties with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Intermediate

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Animal Research

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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