Registered Veterinary Tech I

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Registered Veterinary Tech I


Vet Med Small Animal Medicine & Surg

About 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 (

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Advertised Salary:

$26,435 - $36,202

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy 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.

Classification Title:

Animal Care Veterinary/Animal Science Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Animal Care



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Associates or Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology required and/or have met requirement for licensure in GA State
Active license with the GA State Board of Veterinary Medicine as a Veterinary Technician or met all requirements to become licensed within 6 months of employment

1-year experience working in a research or clinical veterinary setting.

Position Summary:

1. Organize and assist in implementation of research projects including data collection, animal care and overall project management.

2. Maintain accurate records with every aspect of research projects.

3. Assist with anesthetic delivery and management for a variety of surgical and/or diagnostic procedures on common domestic and laboratory species.

4. Coordinate clinical trials involving client-owned animals.

5. Perform competent sample collection, IV catheter placement, and intubation skills in a variety of species.

6. Ensure the successful recovery of post anesthesia patients.

7. Accurate maintenance of controlled drug logs and patient clinical health records.

8. Order and maintain supplies for various research projects.

9. Maintenance and care of research related equipment/instruments.

10. Work with multiple investigators within the department.

11. Knowledge of drug handling, usage (both indications and contraindications) and dosage calculations.

12. Animal care including daily monitoring of physical health/well-being, administering treatments, and sample collection (such as blood, urine and feces).

13. Each technician is expected to participate in the completion of the daily chores list in addition to regular cleaning/stocking of work areas.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Experience and/or willingness to handle multiple species of animals including but not limited to canine, feline, rodents, reptiles, and avian species. Understand the physical demands of the position, which include but are not limited to, prolonged standing, crouching or kneeling, lifting heavy patients. Effectively communicate, maintain accurate documentation, and pay attention to detail. Work in a sometimes-stressful environment. Demonstrate critical thinking skills while carrying out instructions. Maintain a high degree of confidentiality, while providing consultation to a variety of stakeholders. Basic computer knowledge in MSWord and Excel.

Physical Demands:

1. Lift up to 50 pounds.

2. May sit, stand, stoop, bend, and walk intermittently during the day on hard floor surfaces.

3. Handling stressful situations.

4. Manual dexterity sufficient to accurately work with small, delicate pieces of equipment or large heavy objects/containers/machinery.

5. Wearing all protective gear, including mask, gloves, gown, hairnet, safety goggles.

6. Work for long periods of time with arms extended.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Organize and assist in implementation of research projects including data collection and project management. Ability to read and develop basic understanding of research project protocols. Maintain accurate records with every aspect of research projects. Prepare data reports. Proper disposal of biohazard waste. Perform inventory, and provide basic maintenance and ordering of research supplies and equipment. Work with multiple investigators within the department. Job duties will vary with each investigator.

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Animal care includes daily monitoring of physical health/well-being, administering treatments, and management. Coordinate clinical trials involving client-owned cases. Collection of blood by venipuncture, and urine by expression, cystocentesis, or catheterization. Collection and preparation of tissue, cellular, or microbiological samples. Perform routine laboratory test procedures. Assist in radiology including machine settings, patient positioning, image processing, and safety. Ability to perform intravenous and arterial catheterization. Administration and application of treatments, drugs, fluids, medications and immunological agents by oral, parenteral and injectable routes. Clinical health record keeping.

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Introduction and maintenance of anesthesia. Perform various procedures such as but not limited to euthanasia, surgical assistance, and resuscitative procedures. Prepare operating room, instruments, and animal for sterile surgery. Application of appropriate wound dressings and external supportive care in.

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Able to professionally communicate with investigators, sponsors, and colleagues concerning the affected work flow, time limitations, and project status. Work with multiple investigators on multiple projects within the department. Maintain a positive attitude and calm demeanor throughout stressful situations. Accept constructive criticism.

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Posted: 11/14/2020
Application Due: 1/13/2021
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