Animal Attendant


The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research, is a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development for humans and animals. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, VIDO is home to one of the largest and most advanced containment level 3 facilities in the world. To strengthen the preparedness for emerging infectious diseases we are currently expanding our infrastructure to include containment level 4 capacity, a GMP vaccine manufacturing facility, and a new animal housing facility. Our vision includes having the capacity to study any emerging disease in any animal model embracing a One Health approach to prevent emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals.

Position Summary
Working independently with support and direction from the animal technicians and animal technician lead, the animal attendant ensures basic daily requirements of all animals are maintained. The animal attendant also performs a variety of assigned duties, both inside and outside of the animal care facilities. The animal attendant is required to work with all types of species, which are subject to change based on research requirements.
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with the following competencies and experience:
•Performs a range of husbandry duties including, but not limited to, feeding animals and cleaning pens/cages at VIDO facilities, including the research farm.
•Completes general maintenance duties which may include filling p-traps, cleaning of washrooms in containment, lawn care and maintenance in compound, cleaning, loading and unloading of autoclave, equipment maintenance, preparing supplies, and maintaining relevant paperwork.
•Ensures humane treatment of all animals in their care, while observing animal behavior, reporting concerns to veterinarian staff.
•Prepares, cleans and disinfects room and supplies following completion of procedures.
•Performs work independently utilizing instruction lists.
•Assists in restraining and challenging animals as required.
•Participates in providing animal enrichment and on the enrichment committee.
•Ensures confidentiality is maintained.
•Participates in assigned weekend rotation, performing a variety of tasks.
•Other duties as assigned.

Minimum requirement completion of grade 12. Experience working with animals and understanding requirements of care is required. Relevant post-secondary education is an asset.

Status: Permanent Employment Group: Non-Union Shift: 7.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week). Shift work will be required and will be assigned Sunday – Saturday
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where 'Yes' is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Facility Access Screening including Criminal Record Check: Yes
Driver's License and Abstract Check: Yes
Education/Credential Verification: Yes
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references online via the following link:

Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Note: The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan

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