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Community Board

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Anya P.
Attendee 2024
Trainee Chapter

Animal Care and Research Technician

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Topeka, KS

$40,000 - $46,000 a year


  • Dental insurance

  • Employee assistance program

  • Health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Opportunities for advancement

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid time off

  • Parental leave

  • Retirement plan

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Vision insurance

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions? If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be!

What we offer:

  • $40,000 - $46,000 USD annual salary (based on experience)

  • Merit increase every year based on performance

  • Advancement Opportunities

  • Great Culture & work environment

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents

  • 3 weeks Paid Vacation

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Access to discounted Company products

  • Uniforms and shoe allowance (annually)

  • Non-smoking facility

The Animal Care and Research Technician (ACRT) will provide high quality care for our pet partners. Individuals in this position support new and existing product-development activities through animal care, hygiene and sanitation, food service, data collection, and equipment operation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Animal Health and Hygiene

  • Ensures animal health and hygiene through exercise, training, bathing, grooming, and enrichment activities

  • Trims nails, expresses anal glands, and perform other routine procedures

  • Administers medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian

  • Applies behavioral principles as part of a learning or treatment process to modify and improve animal behavior

  • Learns, understands and adheres to Hill's Global Animal Care and Use policy & Hill's Animal Colony Standard Operating Procedures

  • Cleaning and Sanitation

  • Cleans and disinfects canine and feline single and group housing units, enrichment areas and other areas of the facility, toys, pet bedding, and feeding areas and equipment

  • Cleans and maintains litter boxes for distribution

  • Launders and maintains pet bedding, towels, and other items for as needed

  • Maintains accurate and current sanitation schedule and records

  • Food Service

  • Accurately fills pet feeding containers as directed by daily test schedule

  • Coordinates with other team members to deliver and pickup food containers

  • Accurately weighs food returns and records data in the animal management system database

  • Washes, organizes, and stores food containers and watering bowls

  • Data Collection

  • Collects blood, urine, and stool for testing

  • Records body weights, temperature, body condition scores, blood pressure measurements, heart rates, etc.

  • Assists with dental prophy, ultrasound, acupuncture, and DEXA procedures

  • Maintains knowledge of ongoing feeding studies and communicates observations/issues

  • Equipment Operation

Operates, calibrates and checks food and body weight scales

Operates hand-held data terminals and computers (e.g., Word, Excel, Lotus Notes) and other applications

Troubleshoots mechanical issues with computer systems, feeders, or equipment


  • Graduation or GED from accredited High School and 1+ year of experience in a licensed animal

  • A Bachelor's. degree in animal or biological sciences may substitute for the 1+ year of experience requirement

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Credentialed Licensed Veterinary Technician Certification;

  • Veterinary Hospital experience; Prior clinical/research experience.

Expected areas of skills:

  • Experience with Google based applications such as Sheets, Docs, Drive.

  • Must be able to:

    • Come to work as needed, to arrive on time, and to work overtime.

    • Work variable work schedules including weekends and holidays.

    • Tolerate working conditions that do not exceed safe limits such as heat, cold, humidity, noise, drafts, dust, odors, elevations, and enclosed spaces for extended period of time each day.

    • Work with approved industrial chemicals.

    • Work with species of animals including, but not limited to, cats and dogs.

    • Successfully meet minimum requirements of the PNC Animal Colony Functional Capacity Evaluation.

    • Stand, bend, pull, push, and lift up to 50# repetitively on a daily basis.

    • Hear (either naturally or with assistance) any animal vocalizations.

    • See (either naturally or with corrective lenses) and interpret visual signals from a computer screen and keyboard, or other electronic devices.

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