WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Part-Time Laboratory Animal Technician

Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/28/2021 3:00 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Target Salary
14.85 - 17.50


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking Part-Time Laboratory Animal Technicians within our Vivarium Program.  Responsible for working with other animal care staff to provide husbandry for research animals housed in the WMed Vivarium.  May need to conduct technical procedures (blood collection, etc.) needed to meet research goals and/or to maintain optimal health of the animals.  Assists the Animal Resources Manager and Assistant Dean for Laboratory Animal Resources as requested to ensure the facility and animal care program continue to meet all standards required to remain in compliance with regulatory agencies, and needed to maintain AAALAC accreditation.  Training will be provided as needed. 


  • Assure that a safe and sanitary environment is provided for all laboratory animals.
  • Observe, report, and maintain appropriately detailed records on clinical irregularities in the laboratory animals, with their environmental conditions, and their daily husbandry.
  • Perform basic care and husbandry activities for laboratory animals in accordance with all applicable guidelines, policies, and regulations; includes (but not limited to) cleaning and disinfecting cages, monitoring animal behavior, supplying food and water, and assisting with colony management when required.
  • Consistently and accurately record detailed information about each animal when required.
  • Maintain records, collect data, compile results, and write reports, as requested.
  • Ensure support is provided for animal health monitoring and veterinary medical treatments as prescribed by the Attending Veterinarian.
  • Assist veterinarians or researchers with animal examinations and procedures when needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Associates degree or higher in biology, animal science, or science-related field preferred.
  • Previous experience working with animals in an academic research setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of scientific and animal husbandry principles desired.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing (email, etc.) required.
  • Strong computer skills needed, including the ability to learn new software required to maintain accurate animal records.
  • Must be able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to concurrently manage multiple tasks.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and data integrity.

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


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess 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. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.


WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.


WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.


The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.


WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. 


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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