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Sanford Health Animal Care Technician - Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Animal Care Technician | Research | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Department : Animal Care - Sioux Falls

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Must demonstrate an understanding of species-specific needs and be able to follow established protocols when working with animals. Administer any necessary experimental requirements, and monitor and record environmental conditions. Provide daily husbandry for a variety of laboratory animals following specific experimental parameters. Animals may require specific experimental diets, daily medications delivered per oculus sinister (OS) or injected. Must follow established protocols, safety measures and operating procedures at all times, to include personal protective equipment (PPE) and other techniques used to prevent contamination, pathogen transfer or anything that may jeopardize the animals. Administer any necessary experimental requirements and monitor and record environmental conditions. Should understand and be able to use aseptic technique when performing a cage change to minimize transfer of potential pathogens. Develop and maintain breeding programs for various genetically engineered strains of mice and rats. Observe animals for abnormal behavior. Be educated on the experimental protocols to distinguish between an abnormality and experimental protocol. Must be skilled in handling and restraint for a variety of laboratory animals without causing injury or distress to the animal or themselves in order to change cages and/or make close observations. Must be knowledgeable and skilled in the application of animal identification, and must know how to interpret identification schemes used by the Large Animal Research Facility (LARF) and investigators. Understand and perform quarantine procedures on incoming animals. Must be able to perform oral gavage and intraperitoneal, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, to interpret samples and maintain detailed records for animal care to meet federal regulations. Keep records on animal health, environmental parameters, environmental enrichment, sanitation, census and supply inventory. Occasional local travel between sites may be required, and may be responsible to work some weekends and/or holidays as assigned.


Speaks/writes using correct language, mechanics, and gestures. Uses organization's guidelines for writing reports, correspondence, documentation, etc. Explores own motivation and initiative and how it relates to the workplace. Conducts hazard identification and observes universal precautions for injury prevention. Utilizes available tools or approaches for increasing knowledge of self-motivation. Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment. Selects protective methods as required by particular working conditions. Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment. Works with common health information concepts and terminology. Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease. Processes large quantities of detailed information with high levels of accuracy. Applies the concept of 'critical path' in order to complete work in a timely manner and keep larger tasks on track.



Associate degree required in registered veterinary technology (RVT) or holds an Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (RALAT) certification.

One year experience in laboratory animal husbandry and/or an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research preferred.

Degree in registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) or Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (RALAT) required and must be maintained throughout the appointment.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.

Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve.

We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth.

We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.

We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities.

We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

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City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Job Function: Research

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD04824