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Animal Care Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Animal Care Technician
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0180252
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Position Summary:

Cleaning, feeding, watering and general husbandry of all animals (primarily farm animals, dogs, cats, and rodents) within the TRACSS Unit (the non-client animal facility) at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Responsible for maintaining clean facilities. Responsible for providing support services involving animals for teaching, research and continuing education programs and other technical services as needed.

Required Qualifications:

Prior experience and knowledge providing daily care for and handling animals; knowledge of health care and husbandry procedures for animals; good communication and interpersonal skills; ability to follow detailed procedures and document activities; must be willing and able to provide care for animals during weather related closings and occasional holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer someone who is able to bleed, anesthetize, restrain, and give oral, I.V., I.M., S.C., and I.P. medications to animals; knowledge and experience in the care of aquatic species. AALAS Certification as AALAS technician and/or AALAS technologist. BS Animal Science or related field or equivalent training and experience.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Emergency Personnel - weather related, Emergency Personnel - facilities related, Must have valid driver's license, Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must be available to work weekends and on an as-needed basis when an emergency arises. Must have a driver’s license check and be able to operate a state vehicle, including trailers. This position is considered essential and must report to work during emergency and inclement weather closings.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position, the requirement and to apply, please go to To be considered, applicants MUST apply on-line to posting SW0180252 by the close date of April 27, 2018. If you have any questions please call our HR Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email the HR Service Center at

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Pay Band 3 - Salary; Commensurate with experience
Department: Veterinary Medicine Experiment Sta.
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24060
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Posting Date: 04/13/2018
Review Begin Date:
Job Close Date: 04/27/2018
Restricted to university employees only? No
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
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