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Merck & Co, Inc

Animal Care Tech 2

Science and Research

Animal Technician


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

The Animal Technician II, under the guidance of a Vivarium manager, works to support innovative translational models to impact drug safety assessment, development and discovery and improve human health. Under the direction of a manager or assigned technical staff within Laboratory Animal Resources, Safety Assessment, and Veterinary Products the Animal/Laboratory Technician performs animal care related functions.

Other duties include routine maintenance, animal handling and restraint, and assumes full responsibility and accountability for performance and documentation of all assigned functions for all the various animal species housed in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act, AAALAC- International, our company's Worldwide policy on Animal care and Use, and all federal state, and local regulations, as well as Standard Operating Procedures and If applicable, Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Receives, records, inventories, checks, and ships/ delivers animals, supplies, caging, and animal products, equipment, and materials within and outside the assigned group/ area. Candidate must have AALAS certification level ALAT or higher.

  • Follows written assignments for husbandry in rodents, small and large animals, has proficiency in animal handling, experience in restraint for husbandry and clinical care.

Husbandry activities will include but not be limited to:

  • Routine feeding, health assessment.

  • Cage change and room disinfection.

  • Accurate record keeping, captured manually and electronically.

  • Receipt, housing and identification.

  • Independently carries out duties related to husbandry, restraint for dose and sampling, laboratory housekeeping, organization of supplies, rack and tunnel washer operation.

  • Assists with training of peers, ensures completion and quality of daily assignment, and provides feedback on vivarium operations.

  • The ideal candidate will be comfortable working independently or in teams.

  • Must have the ability to follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and or current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

  • Some areas require adherence to strict biosecurity measures, frequent showering and full gowning.

  • Performs duties related to the care, health, maintenance, security and safety of animals which may require full gowning and adherence to biosecurity practices. Ensures that physical facilities and equipment are operating correctly in order to maintain proper environmental conditions.

  • Maintains records applicable to animal husbandry procedures as assigned and assumes complete responsibility by certifying their completion through self-inspection.

Educational Requirements:

  • ALAT certification is required before placement.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R189214