Farm Animal Assistant (Terre Haute, IN)

Life Sciences
-Terra Haute, Indiana
Posted 2 weeks ago

Position Title:  Farm/Animal Assistant


Reports To:  In-Life Unit Manager


Position Summary and Scope:


The primary function of this position is to provide daily care to the animals kept on the research farm (feeding, cleaning applying treatments when necessary) as well as handling and restraint.

Equally important is the preparation of animals and rooms for the conduct of studies and the performance of daily animal observations and daily room observations, according to the GLP (Good Laboratory Practices).


Based on special skills, other duties may be performed: Injections, Venipuncture, Simple Laboratory Procedures Study Note Book Assembly, Maintenance of files, General maintenance duties (painting, etc.).  Environmental Health and Safety support is also an important part of the position.


Extent of Judgment Exercised:

Good judgment and strong common sense are essential for this position.  Early detection of abnormal behavior or illness of study animals, of anomalies in the various building controls (Temperature, Pressure), when to notify Management or Veterinarian are an essential part of the job.


Possibility and Impact of Errors:

Impact of errors will result in the loss of studies, causing delays or added expenses if the study needs to be repeated.  Errors in animal care specially pertaining to animal welfare may also result in regulatory issue with the USDA and the shut down or the temporary suspension of the facility.


Supervision Received:

Veterinarian(s) ensure appropriate supervision.


Responsibility for Work of Others:

Not responsible for work of others.


Internal Relationships:

Good team player is essential.


Minimum Requirements:

Education: High school degree with animal experience (farm background, veterinary technician etc.).



Farm background and / or vet. tech. experience are preferred.  Livestock handling experience strongly preferred.  Ability to use farm equipment.


Working Conditions:

The job may be performed inside or outside all season.

The ability to work overtime, weekends, and Holidays.


Job Features

Job CategoryFarm Animal Assistant

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