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Veterinary Animal Caretaker

University of Georgia
retirement plan
United States, Georgia, Athens
May 10, 2024
Posting Details
Posting Details

Posting Number S08291P
Working Title Veterinary Animal Caretaker
Department VetMed-VTH Large Animal Hosp
About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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.
About the College/Unit/Department
College/Unit/Department website https://vet.uga.edu/hospital-and-primary-care/hospital/
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Full Time
Work Schedule
Additional Schedule Information
Full-time position -involves daytime work on weekends and some holidays. 4-10 hour shifts with 3 days off in a week. This position is located primarily in the Large animal hospital taking care of stalls for discharged large animals and preparation for new patients. Some cross training into small animal hospital when needed to cover a shift.
Advertised Salary $15.87 starting, experience considered
Posting Date 01/09/2024
Open until filled Yes
Closing Date
Proposed Starting Date 11/13/2023
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Athens Area
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Position Information

Classification Title Animal Care Veterinary/Animal Science Paraprofessional/Professional
FLSA Non-Exempt
FTE 1.0
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.
Preferred Qualifications
This position is located primarily in the Large animal hospital taking care of stalls for discharged large animals and preparation for new patients. Some cross training into small animal hospital when needed to cover a shift.
Preferred experience in a farm animal environment with proven experience driving a regular truck and forklift.
Leadership experience preferred.
Position Summary

This work involves the cleaning and maintenance of patient facilities in the Vet Teaching Hospital. This includes removing manure and soiled shavings/bedding in patient stalls and kennels. Discharged patient stalls are also cleaned and disinfected. In specific areas of the hospital, floors are swept vacuumed and hosed clean. New patient stalls are prepared as directed by Lead Caretaker or Supervisor. Various other facilities of the hospital in both large and small animal are also cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Assistance is also given to DVM's, Technicians and Students where appropriate and requested.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Be comfortable in handling, upkeep and working in close proximity with large and small animals. Ability to maintain sanitation/disinfection techniques for large animals and small ruminants. Ability to stand for long periods and to work well interpersonally with a variety of staff, students, and doctors.

Physical Demands

1. Lift, and carry up to 75 pounds.

2. Sit, stand, stoop bend and walk intermittently during the day on hard floor surfaces.

3. Manual dexterity to work with small, delicate pieces of equipment or large heavy objects/containers/machinery.

4. Work for long periods with arms extended.

5. Work with cleaning equipment and chemicals

6. Work within an environment with potential exposure to zoological diseases and has high levels of animal sounds, bodily fluids that need disposal, and open wound management.

7. Drive a UGA or State vehicle to complete job tasks.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes
Is this a Position of Trust? Yes
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? Yes
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes
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.
Background Investigation Policy
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.


Each A.M. and P.M., thoroughly clean all patient stalls/kennels. Remove manure and soiled shavings/bedding and replace with clean bedding material. Clean and disinfect discharged patient stalls/kennels, as patients leave the hospital. Clean all accumulated food and water containers, and some equipment/supplies. Sweep, vacuum and hose down floors and aisles in Hospital. Clean client parking lot and client areas as necessary.

Percentage of time 70


Clean and maintain other facilities as necessary (bovine area, field service vehicle area, dog walk, and treatment rooms).

Percentage of time 20


Assist DVM's, Techs and students where appropriate-in preparing patient stalls and restraining patients for minor procedures. Drive to campus necropsy to either drop off animals or pickup ashes.

Percentage of time 10
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