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Animal Caretaker

The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, US
Closing date
Sep 21, 2021

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Animal Caretaker


VetMed-Veterinary Teaching Hos

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the states oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The Universitys main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The Universitys enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 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

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (

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Monday Friday after-hours.

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Open Until Filled


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Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (


Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries do not go below 5% time per assigned duty.


Removing manure and soiled shavings/bedding in patient stalls and kennels. Clean and disinfect discharged patient stalls. Prepare new patient stalls as directed by Lead Caretaker or Supervisor.

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Clean and maintain large animal areas on a regular basis by sweeping, vacuuming and hose clean.

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Assists DVMs, Technicians and Students when appropriate and requested.

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Position Details

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Student Assistant



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Minimum Qualifications

Position Summary

This work involves the cleaning and maintenance of patient facilities in the Vet Teaching Hospital. This includes:
1. Removing manure and soiled shavings/bedding in patient stalls and kennels.
2. Cleaning and disinfecting discharged patient stalls.
3. In specific areas of the hospital, floors are swept, vacuumed and hosed clean.
4. New patient stalls are prepared as directed by Lead Caretaker or Supervisor.
5. Various other facilities of the hospital in both large and small animal are also cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.
6. Assistance is also given to DVMs, Technicians and Students where appropriate and requested.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Comfortable in handling, cleaning and working in close proximity with small and large animals.

Physical Demands

- Lift and carry up to 75 pounds.
- Sit, stand, stoop, bend intermittently during the day on hard floor surfaces.
- Work for long periods of time with arms extended.
- Work with cleaning solutions and strong animal odors.
- Wear of protective gear including mask, gloves, gown, hairnet, safety goggles, etc.

Is this a Position of Trust?


Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


Does this position require a P-Card?


Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


Is driving a requirement of this position?


Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


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