AESES - Animal Attendant

Animal Attendant
Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Animal Attendant
Hay Point Range: 140 – 175


This is the entry level of animal care worker. Incumbents at this level are responsible for the routine daily care and maintenance of experimental animals including their health and comfort.

Close supervision is received from a more senior technician, department manager, or academic staff member. The Attendant will work closely with the Animal Technicians and follow Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.’s)

Incumbents may be required to work weekends, evenings, and holidays on a rotating basis.


  • Daily feeds and waters various types of wild and/or domestic animals, reptiles, as well as fish and other aquatic organisms, following instructions and special diets as prescribed by researchers.
  • Prepares feed and diets following detailed instructions.
  • Cares for and maintains animal quarters and quarantine quarters, including: cage washing, vacuuming, scrubbing, hosing and washing or rooms, halls, walls, ceilings, fixtures, equipment, and removal of animal waste.
  • Takes part in breeding programs, weighing and sexing of animals as required.
  • May assist in animal surgery by holding animals.
  • Observes animal colony for health status, reporting all irregularities to supervisor.
  • Operates such equipment as cage washers, sprayers, foggers, scales, and blenders.
  • Assists with the receiving and unloading of supplies and animal shipments.
  • Is r equired to obtain knowledge of and comply with safety policies applicable to the workplace.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • High school completion with job related options.
  • Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) Certification would be a definite asset.


  • Experience not required as on-the-job training is provided.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Patience and humane feelings toward animals.
  • Ability to work with tools.

Physical Requirements

  • No allergies to animals or cleaning solutions.
  • Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.
  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288