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Veterinary Assistant I, Large Animal Clinical Sciences

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Veterinary Assistant I, Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Regular, Full-time - MR02

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants to apply for a vacant Veterinary Assistant I position located in the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of basic functions within the Equine Hospital such as general care, feeding, cleaning, and exercising of equine patients. Cleans and disinfects equipment, animal stalls and treatment areas.  Records daily observations.  Assists with admittance and discharge of patients.  Provides assistance with animal handling.

Typical Responsibilities:

Provides basic assistance to veterinary technicians, clinicians, and students. Feeds equine patients and offers water. Records observations. Assists clinicians with underwater treadmill treatment of horses by operating the treadmill and hot-walker. Handles, jogs to check for lameness, and lounges horses for exams. Clips, scrubs, and preps horses for injections. Prepares exam rooms with proper equipment for appointments. Assists with loading and unloading horses. Assists with admittance and discharge of patients.

Disinfects Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center (EPRC) by cleaning stalls, sweeping hallways and exam rooms, washing and scrubbing hallways and exam rooms at the end of the day, and keeps loading area organized and clean.  Maintains clean and level footing on the horse hot-walker.  Maintains underwater treadmill.  Levels and maintains riding/lameness exam arena. Cleans all equipment. Performs laundry pickup and drop off.  Prepares grain bags for the weekend's in-house horses. Orders and restocks supplies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:

General knowledge of animal behavior.  General knowledge of housekeeping to include cleaning and disinfection.  Knowledge of safety procedures.  Good verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to restrain animals.  Ability to maintain confidentiality.  Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.  Ability to stand for long periods of time. Ability to run along-side horses.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent.  This is an entry-level position. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

One year of experience working with horses and other large animals.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 12, 2021, 8:12:35 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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