Teaching Animal Unit Livestock and Poultry Director
Position Number: 00103279
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Teaching Animal Unit (TAU) is a dynamic teaching institution for veterinary students in all four years of the veterinary curriculum that includes experiences with swine, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and beef/dairy cattle. The purpose of the TAU is to provide realistic opportunities for veterinary students to learn the relationship between husbandry, production management, economics and the field of veterinary medicine. This live animal farming enterprise strives to function in a manner compatible with a financially viable agricultural enterprise by emphasizing current best management practices for an environmentally enriched, animal welfare friendly operation. This student exposure is accomplished annually by providing live animal educational training for seven senior 2-week clinical rotations, six 1-week Selectives, and in excess of 150 teaching laboratories (currently comprising 100 students per class at 25 students per lab, and 4th year clinical rotations as needed).
Essential Job Duties: The primary function of this position will be the overall management of the livestock units at the CVM TAU inclusive of budgeting, animal husbandry and welfare, infrastructure maintenance and improvement, pasture management, supervision of TAU staff, assisting in the coordination of educational experiences, and sale of livestock and agricultural products. This position will also report to CVM administration and communicate with college and university stakeholders regarding issues related to the TAU. The TAU is a working farm that provides veterinary students with educational opportunities throughout their four-year curriculum. These experiences range from core handling and clinical skills training to elective work for students interested in employment in specific livestock industries. The TAU houses and raises beef and dairy cattle, small ruminants (goats, sheep, camelids), poultry (chickens and turkeys), swine, and horses. The role of the TAU in the CVM is to provide realistic opportunities for veterinary students to learn the relationship between husbandry, production management, economics and the field of veterinary medicine. The TAU's live animal farming enterprise strives to function in a manner compatible with a financially viable agricultural enterprise by emphasizing current best management practices for an environmentally enriched, animal welfare friendly operation. TAU's student exposure is accomplished annually by providing live animal educational training for 4th year clinical rotations, for selective and elective courses across years 1-3, and in planning and operating in excess of 150 teaching laboratories across the three main TAU DVM core program courses (VMP916/936/956; currently comprising 100 students per lecture class, and via approximately 25 students per species-specific teaching laboratory). SPECIFIC DUTIES AND CAPABILITIES 1) TEACHING a) Supervise TAU staff in preparing for, executing, and break-down of facilities and equipment for teaching sessions and laboratories. i) This includes assuring appropriate sanitation and disinfection of equipment and appropriate disposal of medical disposables and biological wastes. ii) It further includes assuring all facilities, supplies, equipment, and animals are maintained, prepared, and available at the time and place of each unique teaching session/laboratory. iii) Fill in for TAU staff as needed for teaching laboratories. b) Work with individual students and student-led organizations to support their interest in extra-curricular experiences using TAU animals and facilities. Assist students with appropriate lines of approval and logistics in planning and executing such activities. 2) RESEARCH a) Fielding research requests and insuring that they do not jeopardize animal welfare or TAU labs. Such requests will require cooperation and coordination with Laboratory Animal Resources and investigators. 3) SERVICE a) Work with CVM Veterinary Hospital leadership to support clinical case management functions, such as by supplying (when needed) colostrum or blood products for patient care, blood samples for instrumentation validation, and other services on a one-by-one basis, in accordance with the TAU/IACUC Animal Use Rules, and after approval by the TAU Steering Committee Chair and/or the TAU Educational Coordinator. b) Work with the TAU Steering Committee and Educational Coordinator in support of CVM-offered continuing education/training/recruitment efforts. 4) MANAGEMENT a) Assist in development of teaching, operations, and capital budgets; manage and operate within assigned budgets; and develop periodic reports on budgets and budget issues. b) Establish, participate in, and maintain work and on-call schedules consistent with farm management and teaching needs. c) Have a North Carolina Driver's License and be capable of safely operating pick-up trucks and livestock trailers, as well as standard farm equipment (tractors, loaders, spreaders, chutes, etc.) d) Manage timely purchasing of farm and teaching supplies, feed, equipment and other associated infrastructure needs of the TAU farm and program. e) Participate in the TAU Steering Committee for setting and evaluating goals relating to production, revenue, teaching, and renovations, whether due to one-off repairs/refurbishments or in executing the 2017 TAU Master Plan. f) Supervise permanent and temporary personnel working at the TAU.
Minimum Education/Experience: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Agribusiness, or equivalent. Minimum of 5 years of experience managing, in a farm and/or educational setting, at least 2 different species listed (swine, poultry, sheep, meat goats, beef cattle, dairy cattle, or horses). Experience working with budgets
Department Required Skills: Exceptionally strong written and verbal skills. The TAU Livestock and Poultry director will work with and interface with college and university administration, teaching faculty, students, staff, attending veterinarians, and the public. Ability to manage a 24/7 operation. Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds on an occasional basis and up to 30 pounds on a frequent basis.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Master's Degree in Animal Science, Agribusiness, or equivalent Experience in extension work associated with NC State or another land-grant university or government program. Experience in complying with regulatory requirements, inspections Experience supervising staff. Training/certification in one or more specific certifications for animal production, quality, farm disaster preparedness, or welfare assurance, including, but not limited to: Beef Quality Assurance Disaster preparedness (e.g., FEMA certification for IS100a, IS200, IS700) Equine Business Management Certificates Milk & Dairy Beef Quality Assurance National Poultry Improvement Plan Pork Quality Assurance The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management USDA Animal Welfare Assessment USDA Quality System Assessment Program
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: NC Driver's License or ability to obtain within 60 days of hire.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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