Veterinary Assistant I - Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Institute of Agriculture
Location: knoxville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 226299
Veterinary Assistant I, two positions available
The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, invites applications for the position of Veterinary Assistant I. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of functions within the Equine, Farm Animal, and Equine Performance Rehabilitation Hospitals such as general care, feeding, cleaning, restraint. Perform 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 with Equine including exercising of equine patients and in FA which includes tabling of bulls and discharge (movement of cattle). Works with student assistants overseeing their work. Maintain accurate animal and sanitation records and records daily observations. Operates equipment. Assists with admittance and discharge of patients. Transport animals as needed, assist in moving animals to designated areas as needed. Learn over all working knowledge of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital and VREC. Do laundry for Large Animal hospital, fold and put away. The position work schedule will include Saturday and Sunday day shift as part of work week schedule and includes evening shift as needed. This is a floating position and requires ability to work in all areas of the hospital.
Provides assistance to veterinary technicians, clinicians and students. Feeds equine 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. Proper disposal of dead animals. Must be able to follow instructions and work independently. Assists as needed in all areas of the hospital. Assist in teaching labs in the hospital as needed as duties in hospital permit. Assist clients with the loading and unloading of animals, maintaining equine and farm animal loading area. Set up 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 in the equine and farm animal hospitals. Completes daily census. Reports to the proper person if any abnormal concerns regarding patients. Transports animals from the Vet Hospital to VREC, transport dead 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.
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.