Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6885


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Salary Range 15 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710


The VETERINARY ISOLATION FACILITY ANIMAL ATTENDANT feeds, cares for, observes, transports, and restrains the animals housed at an isolation facility which accommodates research, teaching, and diagnostic projects working with infectious and noninfectious animal diseases.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

  1. Animal Care. Typical tasks: waters, feeds, vaccinates, and attends to animals in pasture and indoor facilities; treats injuries and illnesses by administering medications to animals as directed by supervisor; performs various animal hygiene procedures (e.g., shears, trims hooves, clips hair); handles or restrains animals during examinations and treatments; observes animals, records findings, and alerts supervisor to any abnormalities; provides postoperative care to animal as directed by supervisor.
  2. Sanitation. Typical tasks: cleans and disinfects stalls and cages, changes bedding, and disposes of wastes; performs janitorial duties on indoor facilities; adheres to strict and unique sanitary requirements of animals and facilities; assists in maintaining strict isolation of animals to prevent exposure of animals and environment to contamination (e.g., observes entrance and exit procedures, regulations for transport of diseased/research animals); disinfects, and/or autoclaves equipment after use; disposes of dead animals following isolation facility requirements.
  3. Maintenance. Typical tasks: maintains outdoor facilities (e.g., seeds, mows, irrigates, sprays herbicides and insecticides, maintains fences and shelters); assists in preventive maintenance and repair of facility equipment (e.g., sewage treatment, heating, venting and cooling, incinerator, farming machinery).
  4. Teaching and Assistance. Typical tasks: assisting instructors and students with catching animals, animal restraint, providing animal related information, or other similar tasks.
  5. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: transports livestock both on and off campus (to/from isolation facility, teaching hospital, auction yard); delivers feed to various animal locations; responds to alarms which monitor facility environmental controls (e.g.. temperature, airflow); prepares animals for surgery/examination by scrubbing, rinsing mouth, wrapping tail, removing shoes, clipping; tables animals for medical examination or treatment; obtains specimen samples from animal as directed by supervisor.


Employees in this class have regular in-person contact with investigators, research assistants, and veterinary students to receive update on research projects. They have regular contact with student workers to direct them in their work.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from an isolation facility supervisor who assigns work verbally and in writing and reviews work weekly by observation, checking for accuracy, timely completion, and conformance to agency policy and procedure. Employees may receive occasional instruction from investigators, research assistants, or other research staff.

Employees have a fairly high level of daily autonomy but are always accountable to their supervisor. The supervisor, in turn, is ultimately accountable for all activities.

Employees in this class use State and Federal rules and regulations and agency policy and procedure manuals to aid in the care of research animals within an isolation facility. The following are more specific guidelines used in the care of research animals within an isolation facility: Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices Regulation, and Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals, and facility standard operating procedures.


Positions in this class are located within a research and isolation facility dealing with infectious and noninfectious animal diseases. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose. This includes a willingness to work in an area housing infectious animals and the willingness to maintain a proper attitude toward the purpose of animals used in teaching and research and the treatment and use of animals in that environment. Employees in this class may be exposed to noxious odors, infectious diseases at Biosafety level 2 and 3 (BSL 2/3), chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, and loud noises and machinery. Working with and around large animals has certain inherent risks; animal handling and restraint can lead to injury. Overtime, evening and/or weekend hours may be required to assure proper care of research animals within the isolation facility.?? This position will handle sharp objects and have access to controlled substances and may be required to be part of a medical surveillance program.?? This position will also be subjected to mandatory vaccinations, which may include but are not limited to:?? hepatitis, influenza, vaccinia, and tetanus.


Certification as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Lab Animal Sciences at hire date, or ability to achieve certification within 6 months from hire date. Inability to achieve certification within 6 months will result in termination from the position.

One year of animal care experience in a research or diagnostic isolation facility; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience that demonstrates:

  • knowledge of proper methods of diseased animal disposal;
  • skill in restraining/handling large animal and lab animals;
  • skill in operating and maintaining farm equipment, sanitation and decontamination equipment, incubator, cage washer, and other laboratory equipment;
  • knowledge of large animal and lab animal anatomy, physiology, and behavior; and
  • knowledge of basic medications used in animal care and their administration.
  • knowledge of working with/caring for animals in an isolation environment.
  • general computer skills.

Employment requirements also include an FBI background check. Continued employment will be contingent on ability to pass a criminal background check and be deemed fit for duty at placement and while serving in the position. Unsuccessful completion of an FBI background check will result in immediate termination from the position.

Employees in this class must be willing to participate in continuing education and certification programs.

Must possess and maintain a current valid driver's license.