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Merck & Co. Inc.

Animal Care Technician



Full Time

On Site


Worthington, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

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 large 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, skidsteer, 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.

  • 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

  • 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 preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. 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.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


1st - Day

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Requisition ID:R127919