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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 day-to-day responsibilities of a veterinary assistant are varied and essential to the overall well-being of animals under their care. This position provides quality care for large animals at multiple UTCVM facilities in accordance with USDA, AAALAC, and IACUC regulatory requirements. Duties may include basic animal care such as feeding and watering; assisting veterinarians during medical procedures; keeping records; and performing general farm maintenance such as fencing, mowing, and farm building projects. The veterinary assistant in this role will also assist faculty with research projects and teaching preparation.

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 nurses, clinicians (veterinarians), and students.
  • Performs a variety of animal husbandry functions such as general care, feeding, watering, and exercising, as well as animal handling and restraint.
  • Assists with admittance and discharge of patients.
  • Records daily observations.
  • Assists with the transport of live and deceased animals to appropriate location.
  • Cleans and disinfects animal quarters, treatment areas, holding areas, chutes, loading /unloading areas, walls, floors, and other areas as needed.
  • Responds to hospital and farm phone calls, texts, or emails, maintaining open communication.
  • Performs laundry duties, including picking up and returning laundry to appropriate areas.
  • Assists with unpacking/unloading supplies and placing items in appropriate areas.
  • Assists with labs when needed.
  • Prepares exam areas with proper equipment for appointments.
  • Prepares sanitation records. 
  • Must be willing to ensure USDA, AAALAC and IACUC guidelines are followed and must stay informed by attending training.
  • Learns to safely operate equipment needed in assigned areas such as forklift, tractor, skid steer, loader, sprayers, slings, sled, standard cattle chutes, and 360 chutes.
  • Assists in the preparation and conduct of research projects and teaching labs under the direction of researchers and instructors.

Desired Competencies:

  • Basic knowledge of large animal care and handling, including lifting and restraint
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to use common hospital and farm equipment
  • Strong observation skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to follow directions and work with a diverse population
  • Ability to work with others in a respectful and cooperative manner

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
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in order to travel between facilities and to operate equipment.

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 12, 2024, 1:26:06 PM


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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