Animal Technician


Human Resources


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The Animal Technician will provide technical support for the Porcine Technology Group by performing day to day operations for the swine herd and research barns.

Key Accountabilities / Responsibilities include:

  • Clean and upkeep of swine research facilities
  • Perform the day to day activities of the swine herd, including: daily feeding and care of pigs, herd health- vaccinations, treatments, etc., and reproduction- AI, Boar semen collection, estrus synchronization, embryo collection and transfer 
  • Assists the surgical embryo team with surgery and post-operative care
  • Member of the tissue procurement team
  • Maintains and operates facility equipment
  • Assist other farm staff on general farm maintenance and operations
  • Follows standard operating procedures and maintains records to comply with regulatory requirements
  • Perform other duties as assigned

For this role you will need:

Minimum qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Minimum of 2 years working knowledge of animal husbandry (nutrition, reproduction)
  • Minimum of 2 years working knowledge of research principles (data collection and recording)
  • Strong animal handling skills
  • Strong knowledge of safety procedures when handling large animals
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions (including extremely high / low temperatures) and stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work week including some evening and weekends.
  • Able to adhere to Animal Welfare and other federal regulations regarding Animal research.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must not have any other interaction with other livestock, especially porcine.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite

Preferred qualifications

  • BS degree in Animal Science or related field
  • Experience directly working with Swine                                                                     
  • Experience working in a farm setting
  • Working knowledge of performing facility maintenance including mechanical, electrical and plumbing skills
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