Animal Technician

Posted 17 Mar 2020

Ramona, California - United States

Req Id 204622


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 56,000 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:

The part-time (weekend and holiday coverage) Animal Technician is an entry level position that will perform animal health surveillance and treatments, antibody production activities, feeding, and cleaning activities to maintain compliance with Corporate Animal Science and Welfare, USDA, ISO, and cGMP standards and policies. This role will support the development and maintenance of an effective animal enrichment program. You must demonstrate ability to:

  • Handle and restrain animals safely and humanely.
  • Follow all operating procedures, USDA and local, state and federal regulations as trained.
  • Provide routine care for animals as assigned, including daily food, water and husbandry care.
  • Observe animals on a daily basis for health, environmental conditions, social environment and impacts from antibody production protocols and report concerns or changes to area lead
  • Provide ad hoc administration of prescribed medications
  • Perform routine preventative care and maintenance of animals including vaccinations, hoof care, weight checks and identification markings
  • Perform scheduled production activities including immunizations and blood collection
  • Maintain legible and accurate animal care records and individual animal identification within prescribed manual and database systems.
  • Provide enrichment for all species
  • Provide support during veterinarian visits
  • Inspect animal enclosures and feeding/watering devices 
  • Complete routine cleaning of animal housing areas by manual and mechanical methods including removal of excrement and sanitation of enclosures
  • Perform work in accordance with EHS requirements and report hazardous conditions and/or equipment failures following established procedures.
  • Clean procedure rooms, equipment and instruments including sweeping and mopping floors
  • May be required to perform additional duties as assigned



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
  • 6+ months of experience driving utility vehicles, tractors OR other heavy equipment


Preferred Qualifications:

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


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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The Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and programs relating to recruitment and hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Any applicant or employee who believes they have been discriminated against by the Company or anyone acting on behalf of the Company must report any concerns to their Human Resources Business Partner, Legal, or Compliance immediately. The Company will not retaliate against any individual because they made a good faith report of discrimination.

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