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Animal Technician


Department: Animal Care Unit, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

FTE: 1.0

Status:  12 term with possibility of extension or becoming permanent, beginning March 27, 2017. Hours of work are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm, including working weekends on a rotational basis.  Some variable hours may apply; hours may be subject to change.

Competition No.:  17132-T

Salary Information: $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Applied Scientific Services, Phase 5).  The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience. ** If a qualified candidate cannot be found, the successful candidate will be initially hired at the Phase 4 level (Salary Range: $3,517.28 to $4,748.99 per month) and will be upgraded to Phase 5 upon obtaining the required qualifications. **

Primary Purpose: Animal care and maintenance tasks within animal research and barrier facilities and seasonal maintenance on outside paddock area.  Supervising and teaching animal handling labs complements this position.

 Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director, this position works independently in order to meet identified timelines, and requires the flexibility to work with others on the ACU team to meet self-identified timelines. Timelines and the dynamic nature of research can cause the work environment to be stressful at times.  Complexity of working with a diverse population of laboratory, livestock and exotic animals necessitates continuing education, self-motivation and resourcefulness.   This position will act as a key player as the unit expands by taking on additional responsibilities.  Supervisory tasks will be assigned on an as needed basis.  This position is responsible for educating principal investigators and their staff to ensure protocol compliance. During the school term, instruct various animal handling labs, as well as administer an on-line component. Work performed in accordance to research protocols and guidelines as well as CCAC standards.  This position works in conventional, Level 2 and livestock animal facilities and is exposed to animal dander, waste and bedding, and at times a noisy environment. The work is physically demanding, and includes restraining animals, cleaning rooms/pens, lifting/moving feed, supplies and equipment, and working in inclement weather. Frequent requirements may include: manual dexterity; normal color vision; long periods of standing and sitting, and frequent periods of bending, crouching or stooping; work with biomedical wastes, radioactive materials, toxic chemicals; potential exposure to infectious disease; and extensive repetitive motion of the fingers, arm and wrist.

Typical Duties:

  • Solely responsible for assigned area which entails all husbandry tasks as well as housekeeping and maintenance tasks
  • Housekeeping and maintenance tasks
  • Encompass working closely with Facilities Management Division trades persons
  • Responsible for own time management by arranging daily schedule so all tasks are completed during the workday.
  • Performs animal husbandry/management tasks such as setting up area for the incoming animal(s), feeding, cleaning, and all technical work If required
  • Sourcing additional information on unfamiliar species of animals
  • Keeping current with technical skills
  • Works with researcher in scheduling tasks specific to project, educates researcher and lab staff in facility procedures and CCAC/UCACS guidelines
  • Provides environmental enrichment for animals
  • Performs annual and general maintenance to outdoor pens, shelters, and paddocks to ensure they meet CCAC standards
  • Operates skid steer and truck as required
  • Aids in the development and maintenance of data documentation with regard to animals, health checks, procedures, supplies and equipment
  • Aids in the development and maintenance of data documentation with regards to facility procedures
  • Presents ideas for the overall functioning of the unit and helps with implementation
  • Recognizes potential OH&S issues and assists with resolution; provides training to all animal users as well as to new employees
  • Supervises casual and new employees
  • Responsible for on-line animal care course and teaching animal care wet laboratories
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director

Education: Veterinary Technician certification required. An equivalent combination of education in an animal related field and experience may be considered.  Completion of UACC Animal Care Course would be an asset.   The successful applicant must attain certification in the use of a skid steer. Must hold and maintain a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.  The successful applicant must obtain their RLAT through CALAS once requirements have been fulfilled.

Experience: Broad experience working with animals in a barrier maintained research facility.  Supervisorial and teaching experience would be an asset.   


  • Punctual and reliable
  • Exceptional observational and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision as well as strong skills as a team member
  • Ability to be flexible, and to handle stressful situations
  • Ability to multitask and demonstrate effective organizational skills in a fast paced environment
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills to deal with a diverse groups of people
  • Ability to make sound judgment calls when faced with adversity
  • Demonstrates accuracy in data entry as well as the ability to maintain attention to detail
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Computer skills with a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, E-mail
  • Physical ability to perform heavy manual labor, and to tolerate exposure to a wide variety of animals
  • Familiarity with using a skid steer to perform duties related to livestock

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Monique Burmester at 306.966.7344.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.