Teaching Animal Unit, Farm Animal Technician

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment:


Working Title:

Teaching Animal Unit, Farm Animal Technician

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$35,000 - $41,000

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, on call as needed; schedule could change depending on time of year.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC


CVM Teaching Animal Unit

About the Department:

The mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) & NC State Veterinary Hospital, (VH) is to enhance animal and human health and well-being through the education and advanced training of veterinarians and provide leadership in veterinary care and outreach through interdisciplinary partnerships.

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.

The college is committed to practicing inclusivity, making community a priority and promoting innovation. We embrace effective leadership and we champion personal and professional growth.

Essential Job Duties:

The farm animal technician serves to support the mission of the Teaching Animal Unit (TAU) by providing direct assistance to general daily farm operations and specifically to overseeing daily care of the beef cattle and dairy calving operations.

Primary duties of the Farm Animal Technician include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serving as the primary person responsible for the management and success of the beef cattle herd and dairy calves, including daily monitoring, feeding, and adherence to SOPs, record keeping, assessing and executing health programs, evaluating performance, data collection, scheduling breeding and assuring animal welfare.
  • Assisting other technicians within the other TAU units as needed, including daily feeding and care of the horses housed at the TAU. As such the incumbent is cross-trained to be able to work with poultry (2 species), swine (farrow to finish), dairy cattle (milking, calving, health evaluation) and horses.
  • Responsible for both the beef cattle and dairy calves’ facility care and cleaning, ensuring equipment longevity.

Other Responsibilities:

The other Duties comp-rise of 20% of the incumbent’s time.

  • Assisting faculty and clinical staff in conducting teaching utilizing the beef herd. This requires the ability to properly demonstrate safe handling and restraints, jugular and tail blood collections, SQ, IV and IM injections, ear tagging, calving management, pregnancy checks, BCS, and topical and oral medication administrations.
  • Assisting in training part-time student workers.
  • Assisting other species technicians which includes but is not limited to milking dairy cows, feeding of other species, medical treatments, parturition, health evaluation, and facilities/equipment maintenance/troubleshooting.
  • Must have the ability to handle 50-70lb bales of hay, with or without reasonable accommodation, to help with putting hay up (seasonal).

Minimum Experience/Education:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • In-depth working knowledge of beef cattle and dairy calf production, health and management;
  • Good working knowledge of other species housed on-site.
  • Ability to safely operate farm equipment, and ability to lift 50-70lbs with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Ability to work autonomously.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science or Agricultural related.
  • 3-5 years of experience working directly with beef cattle and experience with raising calves.

Required License or Certification:

Valid North Carolina Driver’s License is required.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Job Open Date:


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.):


Notice to Applicants:

If you submit a resume please make sure that the work history listed on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume.

Special Instructions:

In addition to your application please submit the contact information for at least three professional references. You may also submit an optional resume and cover letter.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Position Classification Band Title:

Research Technician

Position Classification Band Level:


Position Classification Salary Range:

$31,200 - $66,122

Salary Grade Equivalency:


Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Non Mandatory - Emergency Event, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies

Time Limited Position:


Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department Id:

191602 - CVM Teaching Animal Unit


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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 5/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time