â¢ Ability to read, write, and follow instructions. â¢ Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, as required.
Small animal handling experience, including restraint, feeding and providing basic care Experience cleaning and disinfecting animal cages Experience in a clinical veterinary setting Diploma from Veterinary Assistant program
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for an Animal Caretaker I, Small Animal Care Attendant, in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (LVMC). The LVMC provides specialized care and comprehensive medical and surgical services for companion animals throughout Iowa and surrounding states. Our clinicians, residents and interns, technicians, staff, and senior veterinary students work in teams to provide 24-hour, state-of-the-art care to animal patients.
This position is responsible for providing basic care to the patients in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (LVMC) small animal hospital. Duties include providing basic care for small animal hospital patients, Â cleaning cages and feeding patients; animal restraint, cleaning and disinfecting common areas of the hospital and some equipment and stocking supplies.
The successful applicant will have the ability to stand and walk repetitively; move, push/pull, and/or carry up to 50 lbs., follow and give directions, and be flexible enough to provide guidance and support when requested.
Candidate will provide basic care to hospital patients, perform cleaning and disinfecting of hospital areas, including cages, restock supplies within the hospital and other duties as assigned.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
â¢ Feeds and waters animals including the mixing and preparing of feed for standard or special diets.
â¢ Weighs animals, keeping records on weights of feed and animal in coordination with the feeding program.
â¢ Grooms, handles, and restrains animals.
â¢ Cleans and disinfects animal enclosures, isolation rooms, buildings, and equipment, adhering to established policies for maintaining pathogen free environments and containment of animals exposed to infectious diseases.
â¢ Operates mechanical equipment.
â¢ Checks for and reports failures in heating and ventilation systems to supervisor.
â¢ Observes animals for signs of phenotype, illness, injury, or stress.
â¢ Reports observations to supervisor.
â¢ Assists in routine veterinary treatments or restraint of animals.
â¢ Maintains and performs minor repairs to animal equipment, enclosures, and animal facility.
â¢ Reports major building malfunctions to facility supervisor.
â¢ Transports animals, equipment, and supplies using carts or motorized vehicles.
â¢ Helps ensure students maintain the following records: feed, veterinary treatment, animal health status observations, and other record keeping duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
â¢ Knowledge of standard operating procedures for all patient species in the hospital, as applicable.
â¢ Ability to learn and apply federal, state, and/or university regulations regarding animal care and use in research and teaching.
â¢ Ability to understand, communicate, and execute oral and written instructions.
â¢ Ability to keep accurate records.
â¢ Ability to recognize changes in conditions of animals and animal room environment, malfunctioning equipment, and unsafe conditions.
â¢ Ability to maintain related equipment and facilities.
â¢ Ability to lift and/or move 50-100 pounds.
â¢ Ability to observe visual cues of animal behavior and react rapidly and appropriately to animal behavior.
â¢ Ability to perform physical labor such as repetitive motions, climbing, reaching restraining animals, loading and unloading supplies and animals, and standing for prolonged periods of time.
â¢ Ability to work around noise, dust, odors, fumes, fractious animals and tolerance for cold and hot environments both indoors and outdoors.
Apply for this position by clicking on âApplyâ and completing the Merit Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.