Pharmacy Student Assistant

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Posting NumberG/R10057PWorking TitlePharmacy Student AssistantDepartmentVet Med VTH PharmacyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (

College/Unit/Department website TypeEmployeeAdditional Schedule InformationAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date09/28/2020Posting Date09/14/2020Closing DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do not go below 5% time per assigned duty.


Functions under general oversight of Pharmacist to assist in or compound specialized and individualized dosage for medications according to species and animal size/weight including for parenteral, enteral, topical, and diagnostic products, including oncology compounds. Complies with state and federal laws as well as VTH Pharmacy’s standard operating procedures. Participates with the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Supervisor in monitoring/maintaining drug inventories and preparing orders for drugs and related supplies.

Percentage of time25Duties/Responsibilities

Accurately reads and understands medication compounds in order to manipulate drug formulations and calculate appropriate dilutions and concentrations. This includes reviewing drug concentration information to dilution materials and the size/weight/species of patient to fulfill Pharmacist’s orders. Performs extensive mathematical calculations to determine appropriate drug measurements in order to compound ordered medications. Accurately weighs, measures and mixes raw material ingredients, monitors agitation, heating and cooling processes, and other parameters to ensure finished batches of creams, gels, capsules, and liquids meet specifications.

Percentage of time25Duties/Responsibilities

Uses necessary equipment: torsion balance, scales, capsule packing machine, peristaltic pump, various filtration systems, and autoclave. Wears personal protective equipment to safely compound oncology/chemotherapy medications. Accurately counts/measures medications, transfers materials/medications into properly labeled, safety approved containers for final review by the Pharmacist including automated medications dispensing system: CUBEX. Cleans and sanitizes equipment and completes all documentation to maintain compliance with current USP standard (non-sterile compounding) and Pharmacy quality standards.

Percentage of time25Duties/Responsibilities

Completes detailed and accurate records or logs of procedures, compounding records, and other pharmacy records as indicated. Performs and records various quality control activities including end product sterility testing and media fill reporting results to Pharmacist and supervisor. Ensures all medications and fees are properly charged in computer system and includes important information regarding usage of medications and services. Properly and accurately provides information and/or refers query to the appropriate personnel either in-person or via telephone or email to a wide variety of customers including Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Faculty, clinicians, residents, interns, veterinary technicians and clients. Inspects pharmacy and VTH for expired or adulterated medications and ensures proper disposal, replacing as necessary.

Percentage of time25Position Details

Classification TitleStudent AssistantFLSANon-ExemptUGA Job CodeJob FamilyFTE0.49Minimum QualificationsPosition Summary

Support technical staff in ensuring quality veterinary care by assisting Pharmacy Technicians with compounding a wide variety of products for use in both client and research animals including chemotherapy drugs under the supervision of Pharmacists or Pharmacy Technician Supervisor. Utilizes extensive mathematical skills in the compounding and filling of prescriptions for wide variety of species and medications. Ensures proper disposal of expired medications, accurate billing to patient/client accounts, and filling the Cubex automated controlled medication supply machine.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

Experience in customer service, veterinary animal care, or general work in a hospital setting.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

- Follow directions and perform duties within an expected level of oversight/supervision.
- Appropriate mathematical skills to accurately calculate compounding formulations including accuracy with fractions, add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, percentages, volume, weights and measures. Will compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Proficiency in computer applications to ensure appropriate billing, client information, and information research.
- Strong organizational skills with the proven ability to prioritize.
- Will work in a fast-paced environment while demonstrating excellent customer service, high degree of confidentiality, openness to teaching and providing consultation to a variety of stakeholders.
- Utilizes good time management, performs work in a safe and efficient manner.

Physical Demands

- Lift, and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Sit, stand, stoop bend and walk intermittently during the day on hard floor surfaces.
- Work with small, delicate pieces of equipment or large heavy objects/containers/machinery.
- Wear all protective gear including mask, gloves, gown, hairnet, safety goggles etc.
- Work for long periods of time with arms extended.

Is this a Position of Trust?YesDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a requirement of this position?NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)YesPosting Specific Questions

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
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      Posted: 9/15/2020
      Application Due: 12/14/2020
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