Requisition ID:  18400

Animal Care Technician

Job Summary


S1: This position will share the responsibility to monitor and maintain cleanliness of both Large and Small Animal Hospital facilities using established cleaning and disinfection protocols. Provide animal care when directed, including feeding, watering, changing bedding, cleaning cages/runs and exercising. Perform record keeping tasks as necessary.


S2: Monitor and maintain the physical and environmental conditions of animals both large and small in a research or clinical setting. Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, and provide other types of care to ensure animal welfare. Evaluate the general condition of animals, and collect and record data. Clean and maintain animals Husbandry environments; order and stock supplies; follow approved protocols and standard operating procedures. 


Both S1 and S2 employees will share responsibility to cover co-workers’ areas during vacations/leave time. Will also share in holiday coverage rotation in the Small Animal Hospital.


This is a second shift position; hours are 4pm to 12:30 am Monday - Friday.  All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global. 24/7 coverage in the Veterinary Hospital is needed and employees should expect to be flexible in order to meet that need. Pay starts at $15/hour, with a $0.45 shift differential. New PVH employees are also eligible for a sign on bonus.


Required, S1:

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to read, write, and comprehend verbal and written instructions
  • Must be able to read, write and understand English
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors and co-workers
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Must be organized, and possess good time management skills with the ability to prioritize
  • Capable of promoting good teamwork and work without close supervision while producing high quality work
  • Must be able to maintain a good attendance record
  • Ability to promote a safe working environment and to ensure that all safety procedures are followed
  • Must be able to lift and carry 10 to 25 pounds frequently and up to 40 pounds occasionally


  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Custodial experience
  • Hospital cleaning experience
  • Knowledge and skills specific to floor care
  • Animal handling experience


Required, S2:

  • HS Diploma/GED
  • 2 years custodial experience and 1 year animal handling required.

Additional Information:

  • Hours: 4pm to 12:30 am Monday - Friday
  • Will share in the holiday coverage rotation for the Small Animal Hospital
  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
  • Learn more about Purdue’s benefits 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Benefits of a Purdue Career:

  • Sign-on bonus for eligible positions
  • Competitive benefits package including generous paid sick time and vacation
  • Tuition remission (Purdue and Purdue Global)
  • Free CityBus access
  • Employee discount program

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette