WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Laboratory Animal Technician

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/12/2019 11:39 AM)
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  • Overview

    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is currently recruiting for a Laboratory Animal Technician. Responsible for providing primary care of routine husbandry and sanitation for medical education and research animals. Incumbent will assist with or perform technical procedures to maintain animal health, departmental facility accreditation, and research integrity.



    • Perform basic care and husbandry activities for laboratory animals in accordance with all applicable guidelines, policies, and regulations, such as cleaning and disinfecting cages, monitoring behavior, supplying food and water, and facilitating reproduction of animals in the colony when required.
    • Assist veterinarians or researchers with animal examinations and procedures when necessary, performing with a high degree of accuracy.
    • Consistently and accurately record detailed information about each animal, as required.
    • Maintain records, collect data, compile results, and write reports, as required.
    • Assure that a safe and sanitary environment is provided for all laboratory animals.
    • Work with management, veterinarians, and research compliance personnel to develop research laboratory and vivarium Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
    • Observe, report, and maintain appropriately detailed records on clinical irregularities in the laboratory animals, with their environmental conditions, and their daily husbandry.
    • Ensure support is provided for animal health monitoring and veterinary medical treatments as prescribed by the Attending Veterinarian.
    • Assist investigators in surgical and experimental procedures and post-operative care.
    • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
    • Complete other duties as assigned.


    • Associates’ degree or higher in biology, chemistry, or science related field. Bachelor’s degree desirable, but not required.
    • Three to five years’ relatable experience with at least 1 years’ experience in a laboratory animal care environment.
    • Proficient to advanced computer skills; able to work efficiently with software systems and maintain accurate records.
    • Demonstrated experience working with small and large laboratory animals in an AAALAC-accredited facility.
    • Working knowledge of Animal Welfare Act, Good Laboratory Practice, and local, state, regional, and federal policies pertaining to animal welfare and occupational health and safety.
    • Understanding of and familiarity with the responsibilities and functioning of IACUC and IBC.
    • Skilled in aspects of animal care and handling and general laboratory techniques.
    • Previously demonstrated expertise in aseptic technique within science laboratory.
    • Able to assist with performance of experiments in support of research activities.
    • Must be familiar with the specialized supplies needed for a basic science laboratory.
    • Good oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills required.
    • Knowledge of scientific and animal husbandry principles.
    • AALAS certification desirable, but not required

    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


    As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.


    Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.


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