Animal Care Assistant
Western University
London, ON
About Western

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The Department of Psychology is a large diverse academic department. Full-time faculty members are active researchers with external grant support from government, industry and/or private foundations. The Department has areas of specialization including: Clinical Science and Psychopathology; Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences; Industrial Organizational Psychology; Social and Personality Psychology.


The Animal Care Assistant cleans and maintains animal rooms, and stocks, prepares, and disposes of various supplies. The incumbent demonstrates sincere compassion and care for animals, and must be available to work with all species in all areas of the facilities, in accordance with the approved Animal Use Protocols.


  • Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years' experience working with animals in a professional setting
Skills, Abilities & Expertise:
  • Demonstrated ability to provide timely and consistent animal husbandry that complies with all Animal Care & Veterinary Services (ACVS) policies
  • Ability to maintain animal care standards in accordance with regulatory guidelines and laws
  • Demonstrated multi-sensory understanding of, and response to, animal 'normal' observation for multiple species in the context of the approved Animal Use Protocol
  • Proven attention to detail, organizational and multi-tasking skills with the ability to maintain accurate records
  • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
  • Personable and courteous in all interactions
  • Ability to consistently use ergonomically sound processes and practices in accordance with Western's Rehabilitation Services assessments and Occupational Health & Safety guidelines while performing the following physical activities:
  • Lifting: floor to waist - up to 50 lbs
  • Lifting: waist to shoulder - up to 50 lbs
  • Lifting: above shoulder - up to 8 lbs
  • Pushing and Pulling on a frequent basis
  • Carrying on an occasional basis
  • Bending on a frequent basis
  • Gripping on a frequent basis
  • Standing and walking on a frequent basis
  • Squatting on an occasional basis
  • Repetitive shoulder/arm/wrist motion with regards to cage washing, changing and cage checking
Why Western?

Western offers a broad and exciting variety of part-time and temporary employment opportunities with ample room for job exploration and growth. Within our beautiful campus, you are part of a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our state-of-the-art recreation centre. Apply for an opportunity to be part of the Western community and contribute to its success!

Applying at Western

To ensure that your application is given full consideration, please complete all relevant sections of the application. In addition, you can choose to supplement your application with a cover letter and current resume.

Consideration of applicants will include an assessment of previous performance, experience, and qualifications. Applicants should have oral communication skills in English.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.