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VetMed-Animal Health Rsch Ctr

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 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

M-F, 7-4pm – Some Weekends and Holidays as needed

Advertised Salary:

39,995 to 52500, commensurate with experience

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Open until filled:


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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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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.

Position Summary:

This is an animal care position in an AAALAC accredited bio-containment animal facility, the Animal Health Research Center(AHRC). Incumbent will perform all aspects of animal husbandry utilizing multiple species of laboratory and agricultural animals in ABSL-2, ABSL-3 and BSL-3ag environments. This position will report to the Assistant Animal Resources Manager at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Incumbent will provide for the daily care of animals including feeding, watering, animal health observations and providing environmental enrichment following established schedules and practices. Work involves performing sanitization duties such as; decontaminating, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of cages, animal rooms, primary enclosures, ancillary areas and equipment. Job involves strict adherence to established standard operating procedures while performing duties; including the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). May perform technical services such as; blood, tissue, urine/feces collection, administering prophylactic treatments and injections. Handles, identifies, receives and transports animals. Monitors and records environmental parameters and conditions. initiates and maintains animal room logs, autoclave/cage-washer logs, animal health records, census sheets, and other essential records. Restocks supply inventories, sets up equipment and processes bio-hazardous waste.Operates and maintains equipment such as; autoclaves, cage-washers, bedding disposal units, IVC racks w/HEPA units and bio-safety cabinets, auto water systems, etc. Performs minor preventative maintenance duties and integrated pest management tasks following established schedules. Participates in pre-study meetings, continuing education and training classes as directed. Assist with rodent health surveillance, microbiological testing and quality assurance programs. Participates in standard operating procedures development.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Perform animal husbandry duties in an ABSL-2, ABSL-3 or BSL-3ag vivarium utilizing multiple laboratory animal and agricultural species. Knowledge of the Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals. Communicate clearly. This is a technical position and the job entails careful attention to detail; listening and comprehension skills and following verbal and written instructions. Keen observation skills needed. Promote and foster teamwork in order to meet program and research objectives. Competency in basic containment principles/practices working at ABSL-3 and BSL3ag levels.

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Sustained periods of standing, bending, stooping, reaching above shoulder level and lifting 50 pounds. Work under challenging conditions (high humidity/temperature, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). Work involves exposure to bio-hazards, chemicals and/or physical risks, which entails following established safety procedures. May take multiple showers each day and will wear PPE (PAPRS, protective clothing, battery packs, respirators, gloves) and stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Handle and treat multiple species of animals including large hoofstock in relatively confined spaces. Work may be physically demanding involving the transport, relocation and positioning of supplies and caging equipment. May drive University vehicle when needed to perform job tasks.

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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.


Performs daily animal care and husbandry duties for research animals in a bio-containment facility including feeding, watering, animal handling/transport, animal health checks, cage changing, providing enrichment and environmental monitoring. Assures animals are appropriately maintained and cared for in accordance with standard operating procedures and supervisors instructions.

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Decontaminates, cleans, and sanitizes animal rooms, ancillary areas, primary enclosures and caging equipment following established procedures and schedules. Operates equipment such as; autoclaves, bedding dump stations, IVC racks, chemical foamer/sprayers, biological safety cabinets, cage and pressure washers.

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Maintains and stocks appropriate supplies and equipment inventories. Performs minor preventative maintenance duties on animal care and ancillary equipment ensuring it is maintained and functioning at optimal performance. Performs and assists with rodent health surveillance, animal facility quality assurance program and integrated pest management program.

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Initiates and maintains records such as animal room logs, sanitation logs, autoclave logs, census activity sheets, etc. Assists in standard operating procedures development. Performs and assists with technical services such as; blood/tissue collections and administering animal treatments. Participates in multiple training classes as prescribed and participates in UGA Occupational Health & Safety program. Performs weekend and holiday duties as scheduled; and other duties as assigned. Provides assistance and resources to facility users and departmental staff.

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The University of Georgia, 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. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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