The NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH), established in 1983, is one of the highest-rated veterinary academic medical centers in the country, serving communities throughout North Carolina as well as many other states. The hospital staffs over twenty clinical services with board-certified specialists that are nationally and even internationally renowned, ensuring the VH is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. Patients benefit from the combined expertise of multiple specialists utilizing a team approach to patient health care. Each year, nearly 35,000 patients are treated in the VH. The VH provides compassionate care, state of the art specialty health care, expert clinical instruction for 4th-year veterinary students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, and ongoing investigation of innovative techniques and procedures to further advance the field of veterinary medicine.
Essential Job Duties
The Equine & Farm Animal Technician will provide animal husbandry support for all Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center patients.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Feeding, watering, grooming, handling, and restraining patients; including but not limited to equine, bovine, caprine, ovine, and camelid species.
Maintain clean and sanitary hospital by adhering closely to established protocols; including stall cleaning, cleaning and disinfecting of all hospital areas, trash removal, etc.
Maintaining grounds indoor and outdoor, as needed.
Maintaining supplies and equipment, including repair schedules.
Participating in on call schedule, weekend rotations, and holiday rotations as needed.
Ensuring compliance with all Infectious Disease protocols.
Assisting with inventory control, supply ordering/purchasing, and ensuring effective communication and collaboration with all ancillary services and other areas of the hospital.
Maintain equipment and tools.
Make minor repairs to tools.
Other duties as assigned.
Completion of an accredited training program in the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Some positions may require additional Training, Certifications, or Licensure.
Departmental Required Skills
Basic computer experience, data entry, email, basic spreadsheet entry.
Ability to work with or around sick animals, potentially hazardous materials, cleaning chemicals, gas anesthetics, zoonotic diseases, and unpleasant odors.
Ability to communicate professionally and effectively at all times and maintain professionalism in emotionally charged/challenging situations.
Ability to operate common barn equipment (forklift, gas-powered vacuum, truck, small tractor, floor cleaning machine, etc).
Ability to provide high-quality customer service.
Ability to work beyond scheduled work hours when needed.
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and be an active participant in problem-solving and team advancement.
Ability to maintain physical work for extended periods of time and lift up to 90 pounds on occasion, with or without reasonable accommodations.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Previous experience as a caretaker/groom in an equine or mixed animal veterinary setting, preferably a veterinary teaching hospital or tertiary care facility.
Experience with OSHA and AAHA standards/requirements.
Equine handling experience.
Experience cleaning stalls and caring for equine and farm animals.
Required License or Certification
NC Driver’s License is required and will need to be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained throughout employment.
In addition to your application please include a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references.
Please make sure that the work history listed on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume.
Job Open Date 12/05/2019
Must Be Open Until- (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.) 12/12/2019
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
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.
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