Sr. Animal Technician

Posted 13 Nov 2019

Ramona, California - United States

Req Id 199789


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your Role:

This is a senior level position requiring the performance of animal health surveillance and treatments, production activities, feeding and cleaning activities to maintain compliance with Corporate Animal Science and Welfare, USDA, ISO and cGMP standards and policies under general supervision.

In this role you will be responsible for; providing daily feeding and demonstrate the ability to identify abnormal eating and drinking behaviors, maintaining acceptable levels of feed and order as needed. You will provide support for scheduling of cleaning and maintenance of animal housing areas. Perform cleaning duties by manual and mechanical methods as needed as well as perform animal evaluations and demonstrate the ability to identify abnormal physiological or behavior signs and report findings to supervisor

This role will support the development and maintenance of an effective enrichment program. You must demonstrate ability to diagnose common animal health issues and prescribe treatments per plan and report on manual and electronic animal records, provide scheduling support and perform routine preventative care and maintenance of animals including weight checks, hoof care, identification markings and vaccinations. In order to be successful in this role will need to be able to consult with veterinary staff, determine endpoints and perform or assign euthanasia, ad hoc administration of selected prescribed medications, perform scheduled production activities including immunizations and blood collection, perform inventory of animal feed, medications and supplies. Order supplies to maintain critical levels. This role will also be responsible for performing routine maintenance and/or basic repair to feeding and watering devices in enclosures as needed. You must be able to demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and be proficient in English in order to read and follow written operating procedures utilized in the work areas as well as to communicate with external stakeholders.

This role will require weekend and/or holiday rotation, once to twice a month.


Physical Attributes:

  • Ability to lift and move up to 100+ lbs
  • Frequent standing
  • Frequent kneeling
  • Frequent stooping
  • Full use of upper extremities
  • Full mental awareness and concentration for animal identification and traceability
  • Occupational exposure to needles and bloodborne pathogens
  • Ability to use all applicable protective equipment including but not limited to safety glasses, N95 mask and steel-toe boots
  • Follow Corporate medical surveillance program for animal handlers
  • Ability to work in highly variable temperatures (hot or cold) for extended periods of time



Who You Are: 


Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma OR GED required
  • 3+ years’ experience working directly with animal health and nutrition
  • 2+ years’ experience driving utility vehicles, tractors OR other heavy equipment
  • 2+ years’ experience completing and maintain manual animal records in English


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good computer and math skills to allow for the accurate recording of production data
  • Experience working directly with Goats and Sheep preferred


What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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