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Veterinary Assistant, Large Animal Clinical Sciences - College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Veterinary Assistant, Large Animal Clinical Sciences 
College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants to apply for the position of Veterinary Assistant, located within the Large Animal Clinical Sciences department.  The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of functions within the Large Animal Teaching Hospital and Veterinary Research & Education Center (VREC) such as general care, feeding, cleaning, restraint. Performs cleaning and sanitizing in all areas (animal stalls, equipment and treatment areas) of the hospital and farm as SOP's describe and according to IACUC, USDA and AALAC protocols. Assists with patient treatment as needed. Works with student assistants, overseeing their work. Maintains accurate animal and sanitation records and records daily observations. Operates equipment. Assists with admittance and discharge of patients. Transports animals as needed, assisting in moving animals to designated areas as needed. Does laundry for Large Animal hospital, folding and putting away items. This position has a rotating shift, to include weekends.

Depending on experience and qualifications of successful candidate, individual will be hired in as a Veterinary Assistant 1, Veterinary Assistant 2, Senior Veterinary Assistant 1, or Senior Veterinary Assistant 2.


Typical Responsibilities:

Provides assistance to veterinary technicians, clinicians and students. Feeds patients and offers water. Prepares stalls for new patients and assists with patient treatments. Adds sufficient amount of bedding to occupied stalls. Assists with restraint and transportation of patients for treatments and procedures. Records daily observations. Reports any problems as necessary. Provides proper disposal of dead animals. Must be able to follow instructions and work independently. Assists as needed in all areas of the hospital. Assists in teaching labs in the hospital as needed as duties in hospital permit. Assists clients with the loading and unloading of animals, maintaining equine and farm animal loading area. Prepares specialty stalls (sand-padded) after surgery for recovery.

Disinfects and maintains all areas of the Large Animal Hospital (including Isolation in accordance to the isolation and biosecurity protocols) by cleaning stalls, sweeping hallways and exam rooms, washing and scrubbing hallways and exam rooms keeps loading area organized and clean. Cleans all equipment. Performs laundry pickup and drop off. Orders and restocks supplies. Removes clutter and debris. Maintains and stocks supplies.

Trains and instructs new employees and UT student assistants to work safely. Completes daily census. Reports to the proper person if any abnormal concerns regarding patients. Transports live and deceased animals, and assists with after-hours labs.

Reports any maintenance needs to the manager. Provides general maintenance of gates, chutes and equipment. Stocks hay, straw, bedding in all areas of the hospital (Equine, Farm Animal and Equine Performance and Rehab). Makes sure the forklift is plugged in at night.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1 year of relevant experience working with large animals, including but not limited to horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, and alpacas

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of bio-security, sanitation, Zoonotic diseases.
  • Must be willing to obtain certification as is required for job.

The Veterinary Medical Center is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. Weekend, evening, and holiday work is required of this position.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 13, 2024, 9:59:58 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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