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Animal Care Technician

Thousand Oaks, California
Start date
Mar 2, 2024

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Science/R&D, Zoology
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details


Youve worked hard to become the professional you are today and are now ready to take the next step in your career. How will you put your skills, experience and passion to work toward your goals? At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Come do your best work alongside other innovative, driven professionals in this meaningful role.

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What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. Amgen Comparative Medicine is seeking an Animal Care Technician in our Thousand Oaks, CA location. In this vital role you will have a chance to maintain a world-class animal facility central to the discovery of new medicines for the treatment of grievous including oncology, heart disease, and inflammation.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Care for laboratory animals
  • Provide husbandry and perform cage change procedures
  • Perform and report daily health observations
  • Handling and restraint of laboratory animals, notably rodents
  • Assist in receiving process, housing, and shipping
  • Monitor inventory of animal feed, bedding, and enrichment amongst other supplies
  • Operate husbandry-related equipment such as cage wash, autoclave, laminar air flow cabinets, and other equipment
  • Routinely wash, autoclave, and prepare caging and equipment
  • May provide support for scientific techniques as directed
  • Maintain and organize (5S, lean management) laboratory spaces for success of research
  • Provide supplies and support for investigators conducting scientific experiments
  • Normally this full-time position, 40 hours per week, will require weekend husbandry coverage on a rotational basis and overtime as needed

What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The qualified professional we seek is a technician with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Associates degree and 2 years of animal care or production experience in a laboratory, veterinary, boarding, agriculture, factory, or other setting


2 years in a technical school setting with hands-on experience


High school diploma / GED and 4 years of animal care or production experience in a laboratory, veterinary, boarding, agriculture, factory, or other setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • RVT, BS/BA, and/or Associates in animal science, biology, or related field; other degrees will be considered case-by-case
  • AALAS certification at the ALAT level
  • Animal care or production experience in at least one setting: laboratory, veterinary, boarding, agriculture, factory, or other settings
  • In vivo rodent skills including handling and sample collections
  • Ability to perform physical tasks including standing, use of hand, walk, bend, kneel, sit, and occasionally move materials up to 50 pounds
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Desire to be a team player in a dynamic, cross-functional environment
  • Basic commutation skills in Outlook, Excel, and Word plus the ability to fill online forms
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, protective clothing, and eye safety glasses
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English
ThriveWhat you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well-being.

Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan
  • Stock-based long-term incentives
  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns
  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible
Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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