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Farm & Animal Clinical Technician

Precigen, Inc
Flandreau, SD
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Farm & Animal Clinical Technician (Level based on Experience and Education)

Precigen Exemplar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Precigen, Inc is seeking talented individuals to join our science based company in the role of Farm & Animal Clinical Technician.  We have farms based in two locations in Iowa; Sioux Center and Iowa City and one in Flandreau, South Dakota. 


In the role of Farm & Animal Clinical Technician you will have the opportunity to grow in your career as the company also grows. The main responsibilities of this role are the daily care and welfare of our animals.  This includes feeding, breeding, farrowing, facilitating environment enrichment/ socialization, and cleaning. 

The position also allows employees to advance career skills in the area of animal care and research by training the additional areas of:


  • Animal body scoring/weight collection
  • Therapeutic dosing (capsules)
  • Performing necropsies
  • Anesthesia administration and monitoring
  • Blood draws and processing
  • Terminal tissue harvests (understanding of swine anatomy or ability to research and learn the tissue/artery/vein/organ of interest)
  • Performing electrocardiograms (ECG) and electroretinogram (ERG)
  • Conduct all behavioral characterization activities such as: T-maze, CPP assay, temperament testing, open field assays, balance beam, laser test, gait walk, activity monitoring 
  • Genotyping and embryo handling
  • Performing sterile fetal harvests and C-sections

Precigen Exemplar is committed to the ethical treatment of all animals and all animal care is conducted in compliance with the requirements and expectations of USDA, AAALAC, FDA, NIH, and other relevant agencies.   As a member of the Precigen Exemplar team you will be trained and certified where appropriate in these requirements.

Precigen Exemplar offers competitive salary and benefits including a per hour salary increase following a successful training period (usually within the first 90 days). 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

At a minimum the Farm & Animal Clinical Technician will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Providing daily care for animals including feeding, cleaning, breeding, farrowing, weaning and observation
  • Assisting in research protocols
  • Obtaining necessary tissue and data to provide to internal and external research organizations
  • Maintaining facilities
  • Maintaining detailed and accurate records for animal treatment, observation, and inventory
  • Working as a team to accomplish the tasks required for the day
  • Working rotational weekends and holidays, typically once a month

Minimum Education and Experience, additional education and experience will be used to determine level and compensation 

  • BS/BA in Animal Science or other related field, or equivalent experience
  • Training in laboratory procedures and animal care guidelines (AWA and AAALAC)
  • Prior Experience in neonatal piglet and adult pig care preferred
  • Knowledge of AAALAC requirements and GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) procedures utilized in research involving animals
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Email is desired

Desired Key Competencies

  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Desire to ensure the welfare of animals
  • Willingness to learn and follow animal welfare regulations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Team work oriented
  • Attention to detail
  • Mechanical aptitude

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Ability to be on your feet a majority of working hours
  • Ability to lift, carry, and reach for items of at least 50 pounds
  • Willingness to take multiple showers daily as required by biosecurity measures


Upon hire to this position Precigen will require documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination or exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Precigen, Inc


Flandreau, SD
57028 USA



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