The McConnell Group, Inc
  • 31-Oct-2019 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Old Saybrook, CT, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

The McConnell Group (TMG) is a health science company that provides a comprehensive selection of professional and technical services and product design to enhance the success of companies in a rapidly changing market. We are a fast growing company and always looking for professional individuals to join our diverse and talented team of employees. Currently we have an opening for a full-time Animal Care Technician located on Plum Island in Orient, NY.


  • Provides routine care to research animals to include feed and water.
  • Monitors animal room environmental conditions.
  • Observes daily appearances and behaviors of experimental animals (both sick and healthy), records these in VMR, and reports to higher level employee.
  • Captures, restrains, holds and positions animals for procedures, examinations, and treatments.
  • Dispenses and administers medications (e.g. analgesics, anesthetics and antibiotics) and enters into VMR.
  • Collects blood and other tissues, labels them correctly, and delivers expeditiously.
  • Assists with animal euthanasia and necropsy following prescribed protocols.
  • Dispenses carcasses and body parts following established PIADC safety procedures.
  • Cleans, decontaminates, and maintains animal wing spaces and cages in accordance with ARB SOPs. Operates autoclaves, pressure sprayers and misters.
  • Uses appropriate PPE and equipment as described in ARB SOPs to protect self and fellow workers from contamination, infection or injury.
  • Enters/exits animal isolation rooms and moves between animal rooms in strict accordance with ARB and Safety SOPs to prevent cross contamination.
  • Follows written and oral direction.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • AA or BS degree in animal science or related science preferred.
  • Background knowledge of working with research animals.
  • Capable of performing basic animal care duties with guidance.
  • Ability to be trained to achieve AALAS ALAT certification.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • Employee is often required to lift and carry feed materials weighing up to 75 pounds and to handle such items as feed trays weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Work requires continuous standing and walking on concrete and/or a slippery floor due to nature of the work with animals.
  • Employee must have strength and agility to restrain strong and very active animals which weight approximately 500 pounds or more.
  • Must be able to receive and maintain a Personal Security Level 3 (PSL-3) clearance and participate in the Occupational Health/Safety Programs.

Compensation / Benefits: TMG offers comp. pay and benefits pkg. including health insurance; paid holidays, PTO; EAP; Education Assistance, 401(k) and College Savings Plan.

The McConnell Group is an equal opportunity employer EOE M/F/Disabled/Vet

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