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The University of Georgia
Bogart, Georgia, US
Closing date
Jun 28, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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VetMed-Animal Health Rsch Ctr

About the University of Georgia

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

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 15 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 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

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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Full Time

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M-F 7am-4pm, some weekends and evenings as needed.

Advertised Salary

37,000-52,000 - Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled


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Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Policy 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 (

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Information

Classification Title

Animal Care Veterinary/Animal Science Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family

Animal Care



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

Position Summary

This is an animal care position in an AAALAC accredited bio-containment animal facility, the Animal Health Research Center(AHRC). Incumbent will perform all aspects of animal husbandry utilizing multiple species of laboratory and agricultural animals in ABSL-2, ABSL-3 and BSL-3ag environments. This position will report to the Assistant Animal Resources Manager at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Incumbent will provide for the daily care of animals including feeding, watering, animal health observations and providing environmental enrichment following established schedules and practices. Work involves performing sanitization duties such as; decontaminating, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of cages, animal rooms, primary enclosures, ancillary areas and equipment. Job involves strict adherence to established standard operating procedures while performing duties; including the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). May perform technical services such as; blood, tissue, urine/feces collection, administering prophylactic treatments and injections. Handles, identifies, receives and transports animals. Monitors and records environmental parameters and conditions. initiates and maintains animal room logs, autoclave/cage-washer logs, animal health records, census sheets, and other essential records. Restocks supply inventories, sets up equipment and processes bio-hazardous waste.Operates and maintains equipment such as; autoclaves, cage-washers, bedding disposal units, IVC racks w/HEPA units and bio-safety cabinets, auto water systems, etc. Performs minor preventative maintenance duties and integrated pest management tasks following established schedules. Participates in pre-study meetings, continuing education and training classes as directed. Assist with rodent health surveillance, microbiological testing and quality assurance programs. Participates in standard operating procedures development.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Perform animal husbandry duties in an ABSL-2, ABSL-3 or BSL-3ag vivarium utilizing multiple laboratory animal and agricultural species. Knowledge of the Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals. Communicate clearly. This is a technical position and the job entails careful attention to detail; listening and comprehension skills and following verbal and written instructions. Keen observation skills needed. Promote and foster teamwork in order to meet program and research objectives. Competency in basic containment principles/practices working at ABSL-3 and BSL3ag levels.

Physical Demands

Sustained periods of standing, bending, stooping, reaching above shoulder level and lifting 50 pounds. Work under challenging conditions (high humidity/temperature, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). Work involves exposure to bio-hazards, chemicals and/or physical risks, which entails following established safety procedures. May take multiple showers each day and will wear PPE (PAPRS, protective clothing, battery packs, respirators, gloves) and stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Handle and treat multiple species of animals including large hoofstock in relatively confined spaces. Work may be physically demanding involving the transport, relocation and positioning of supplies and caging equipment. May drive University vehicle when needed to perform job tasks.

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Performs daily animal care and husbandry duties for research animals in a bio-containment facility including feeding, watering, animal handling/transport, animal health checks, cage changing, providing enrichment and environmental monitoring. Assures animals are appropriately maintained and cared for in accordance with standard operating procedures and supervisors instructions.

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Decontaminates, cleans, and sanitizes animal rooms, ancillary areas, primary enclosures and caging equipment following established procedures and schedules. Operates equipment such as; autoclaves, bedding dump stations, IVC racks, chemical foamer/sprayers, biological safety cabinets, cage and pressure washers.

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Maintains and stocks appropriate supplies and equipment inventories. Performs minor preventative maintenance duties on animal care and ancillary equipment ensuring it is maintained and functioning at optimal performance. Performs and assists with rodent health surveillance, animal facility quality assurance program and integrated pest management program.

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Initiates and maintains records such as animal room logs, sanitation logs, autoclave logs, census activity sheets, etc. Assists in standard operating procedures development. Performs and assists with technical services such as; blood/tissue collections and administering animal treatments. Participates in multiple training classes as prescribed and participates in UGA Occupational Health & Safety program. Performs weekend and holiday duties as scheduled; and other duties as assigned. Provides assistance and resources to facility users and departmental staff.

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Hannah Walker

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