Lilly Jr Animal Care Technician in Fort Dodge, Iowa



The Junior Animal Care Technician is responsible for handling, restraining, feeding, and otherwise caring for Production, Quality Control, and Research animals. Must be able to perform proper documentation and proceed independently in the care and husbandry of all animals on site in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.


  • Must be able to read, understand, and follow written procedures

  • Must be able to follow Elanco Animal Health Standard Operating Procedures

  • Must be able to properly document work and observations performed with strict adherence to GXP documentation

  • General knowledge of aseptic techniques and ability to follow rules of these techniques

  • Knowledge of proper sanitization techniques and ability to properly perform and follow rules of these techniques

  • Perform General Housekeeping

  • Preparing for incoming animals (power washing, disinfecting, facility set-up)

  • Perform daily observation of animals and reporting any abnormalities

  • Perform animal handling

  • Assist in animal conditioning (vaccinations, deworming, etc.)

  • Administer treatments prescribed by the veterinarian for livestock, companion, and laboratory animals

  • Proper operation of sterilizers, cage washers, and other equipment

  • Proper operation of large equipment (snow removal equipment, farm machinery, fork truck, etc.)

  • The ability to work in adverse outdoor conditions

  • Other duties as assigned

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Communication Skills

  • Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial teamwork environment

  • Reasoning Skills

  • Ability to use basic logic to identify and solve problems – identifies problems, recognizes symptoms, and potential causes

  • Knowledge and skill to recognize creative ideas that add value and are able to be implemented to improve efficiency, effectiveness and reduce complexity for department

  • Mechanical Aptitude

  • Demonstrated understanding of systems, equipment, and processes

  • Demonstrated ability to set-up and troubleshoot equipment as required

  • Organizational Skills

  • Effective and efficient organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills

  • Comprehension and Application

  • Proficient reading, comprehension and application skills toward a diverse set of complicated tasks


  • Additional Education and/or Equivalent Experience

  • Successful completion of National Career Readiness Work Keys assessment

  • Two (2) years of related animal experience as described above

Additional Information:

  • Work around high noise levels, chemicals, biological agents, and animals, requiring hearing protection, safety glasses, steel toe boots, respirators, and other proper PPE. Working outside in all weather conditions. Handling of livestock, companion, and laboratory animals.

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

Workplace Arrangement:



Jr Animal Care Technician

Job Category:

Animal Health

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED and AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification

  • AALAS certification at the ALAT level, or ability to obtain within 16 months of employment

  • Completion of Post Offer Exam, Completion of Work Simulation or Completion of Administrative Skills Testing if applicable.

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Company Overview:

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and delivers product and services to enhance animal health and production. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana


Fort Dodge



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North America