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(Archived) Animal Care Technician II

Last Updated: 11/18/20

Job Description


Job Description

Our Animal Health Research Laboratories team work tirelessly to invent solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of animals. Our state-of-the-art research facilities create an environment of innovation that enable us to create breakthrough science changing the way we approach animal health challenges.

Our Veterinary team use their scientific background to provide technical expertise and education to our customers, sales and marketing teams. With a deep knowledge of pharmacology and animal health we engage scientific exchange with external experts and industry leaders ensuring the scientific value of our animal health portfolio is understood.


  • Provide basic animal husbandry, i.e., feed, water, care, sanitation, socialization.

  • Observations of test animals for adverse reactions.

  • Cleaning and disinfection of animal units after an experiment is conducted.

  • This includes initial cleaning, disinfecting, changing filters and fumigation of the units.

  • Support Research and Development (R&D) personnel by assisting with technical procedures on animals, i.e., bleeding, restraining and inoculation. This includes collection of blood, nasal swabs and fecal sampling. Euthanasia of animals for collection of tissue by Attending Veterinarian and/or Project Leaders. Necropsy of animals for project leaders to evaluate lesions, tissue samples and disease.

  • Keep accurate records on animals involved in studies.

  • Contact Attending Veterinarian, Manager or Supervisor if animals show abnormal behavior.

  • Review animal protocol studies within two weeks prior to initiation of the animal studies. Stock animal rooms, identify animals, i.e., tagging, placement of animals in proper facility

  • This role will involve significant work with swine in addition to cattle.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma

Required Experience and Skills**:

  • Be able to lift 50lbs. Basic knowledge of animal husbandry, health and welfare for the a variety of livestock species. Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to maintain basic records.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Research experience in livestock. Ability to handle, collect tissue, and blood samples from bovine, equine, canine, and swine.

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to the health and well-being of animals. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of products, services and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R79909

Company Details

Merck Animal Health

Madison, New Jersey, United States

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.