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(Archived) Animal Care Technician

Last Updated: 2/03/21

Job Description


Job Description

Our Territory Representatives interact face to face with our customers, understand their needs and consult to offer the right solutions. We work collaboratively in Field Sales Teams and play a critical role in supporting our customer centric business model.

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 animal care and good husbandry practices for poultry and small animals which includes: feeding and watering of animals, lifting and dispensing buckets of water and feed bags (minimum 50 lbs.) cleaning of animal cages, pens, rooms, and other quarters: not limited to scooping, bagging, hosing, and operation of mechanized equipment (high-pressure sprayer, skid steer, tractors).

  • Make and report routine observations of animals- each animal, every day, at last once daily.

  • Report sick or injured animals immediately to Attending Veterinarian or Clinical Veterinarian.

  • Maintain accurate documentation of animal records as directed in all aspects of job. Includes: ability to use correct error entry codes, with concurrent and legible recordings, review of documentation within 14 days of last entry.

  • Compliance with federal, state, and site regulations and guidelines (USDA, OSHA, SOP, and GLP).

  • Capable of working in inclement weather conditions, capable of taking multiple on-site showers when working in certain buildings, capable of wearing full body coveralls, full face respirators, powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) and other tight fitting personal protective equipment.

  • Assist with animal procurement and disposition including; documentation of receiving, transferring, and disposition of animals.

  • Assist other animal care technicians as needed or directed, become cross trained in all animal husbandry areas to serve as back-up and help and be able to cover for coworkers out on vacation or sick.

  • Assist non-animal care personnel as directed in animal activities.

  • Assist in maintaining inventory of husbandry supplies with notification in advance of the need to restock

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • HS Diploma or GED, preferred Associate Degree or Veterinary Technician License

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimal one year experience working with animals required (small animals or poultry).

  • Must possess strong communication and multi-tasking skills, ability to work well within a team setting, must have a valid driver's license and be able to lift fifty pounds.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Positive attitude, effective communication skills, work with little supervision, have consistent attendance including being on time and willingness to stay late when needed.

  • Completing work in a timely fashion, then helping other coworkers.

  • Certification by AALAS is desirable.

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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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

cleaning disinfectants and some animal biologics

Number of Openings:


Requisition ID:R84301

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.