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Date: Sep 5, 2017

Location: Topeka, KS, US

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.


HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States
No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 55325


Job Summary

Animal Care and Research Technicians (ACRT) will provide high quality care for our pet partners. Individuals in this position support new and existing product-development activities through animal care, hygiene and sanitation, food service, data collection, and equipment operation.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Animal Health and Hygiene

-Ensures animal health and hygiene through exercise, training, bathing, grooming, and enrichment activities

-Trims nails, expresses anal glands, and perform other routine procedures

-Administers medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian

-Applies behavioral principles as part of a learning or treatment process to modify and improve animal behavior

-Learns, understands and adheres to Hill's Global Animal Care and Use policy & Hill's Animal Colony Standard Operating Procedures

Cleaning and Sanitation

-Cleans and disinfects canine and feline single and group housing units, enrichment areas, and other areas of the facility

-Cleans and disinfects toys, pet bedding, and feeding areas and equipment

-Cleans and maintains litter boxes for distribution

-Launders and maintains pet bedding, towels, and other items for as needed

-Maintains accurate and current sanitation schedule and records

Food Service

-Accurately fills pet feeding containers as directed by daily test schedule

-Coordinates with other team members to deliver and pickup food containers

-Accurately weighs food returns and records data in the animal management system database

-Washes, organizes, and stores food containers and watering bowls

Data Collection

-Collects blood, urine, and stool for testing

-Records body weights, temperature, body condition scores, blood pressure measurements, heart rates, etc.

-Assists with dental prophy, ultrasound, acupuncture, and DEXA procedures

-Maintains knowledge of ongoing feeding studies and communicates observations/issues

Equipment Operation

Operates, calibrates and checks food and body weight scales

Operates hand-held data terminals and computers (e.g., Word, Excel, Lotus Notes) and other applications

Troubleshoots mechanical issues with computer systems, feeders, or equipment

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements

Minimum Education/Experience: Graduation or GED from accredited High School and 2 years of experience in animal care

Preferred qualifications include:   Credentialed Licensed Veterinary Technician Certification; Veterinary Hospital experience; Prior clinical/research experience


Expected Areas of Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Experience with Windows based applications such as Word, Excel, Lotus Notes
  • Must be able to come to work as needed, to arrive on time, and to work overtime
  • Must be able to work variable work schedules including weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to tolerate working conditions that do not exceed safe limits such as heat, cold, humidity, noise, drafts, dust, odors, elevations, and enclosed spaces for extended period of time each day
  • Must be able to work with approved industrial chemicals
  • Must be able to work with species of animals including, but not limited to, cats and dogs
  • Must be able to successfully meet minimum requirements of the PNC Animal Colony Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Must be able to stand, bend, pull, push, and lift up to 50# repetitively on a daily basis
  • Must be able to hear (either naturally or with assistance) any animal vocalizations 
  • Must be able to see (either naturally or with corrective lenses) and interpret visual signals from a computer screen and keyboard, or other electronic devices


Travel Requirements

Expected percentage of travel:  Less than 5%


Hill’s offers:

  • Highly competitive pay
  • Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment
  • Retirement Savings & Investment Plan with company contributions and matching
  •  Annual education/tuition reimbursement up to $10,000
  • 14 paid holidays and annual vacation
  • World-class training and development opportunities
  • Highly professional, ethical, and caring environment


Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process.

Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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