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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Animal Care and Research Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Nov 2, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154904 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions? If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be!


What we offer:  

  • $40,000 - $46,000 USD  annual salary (based on experience)

  • Merit increase every year based on performance

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • Great Culture & work environment

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents

  • 3 weeks Paid Vacation 

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Access to discounted Company products

  • Uniforms and shoe allowance (annually)

  • Non-smoking facility


The Animal Care and Research Technician (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, 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



  • Graduation or GED from accredited High School and 1+ year of experience in a licensed animal
  • A  Bachelor's. degree in animal or biological sciences may substitute for the 1+ year of experience requirement          


Preferred Qualifications include:

  •  Credentialed Licensed Veterinary Technician Certification;
  • Veterinary Hospital experience; Prior clinical/research experience.


Expected areas of skills: 

  • Experience with Google based applications such as Sheets, Docs, Drive.

  • Must be able to:

    • Come to work as needed, to arrive on time, and to work overtime.

    • Work variable work schedules including weekends and holidays.

    • 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.

    • Work with approved industrial chemicals.

    • Work with species of animals including, but not limited to, cats and dogs.

    • Successfully meet minimum requirements of the PNC Animal Colony Functional Capacity Evaluation.

    • Stand, bend, pull, push, and lift up to 50# repetitively on a daily basis.

    • Hear (either naturally or with assistance) any animal vocalizations. 

    • See (either naturally or with corrective lenses) and interpret visual signals from a computer screen and keyboard, or other electronic devices.

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

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and 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.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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