Animal Caretaker

KN-St Kitts
Job ID
2017-93372
Institution
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Department
Academics

Opportunity at a Glance

The Pasture Animal Caretaker will be responsible for providing care to RUSVM pasture animals, including but not limited to cattle, horses, donkeys, and sheep. A desire to work with animals is essential. The technician will report any problems of animal well-being to the Manager of Animal Care / Senior Technician.

 

The successful applicant will be responsible for day to day duties of feeding the animals cleaning the animal areas and maintaining the pasture areas. The Animal Caretaker will be required to perform any additional work delegated by the Manager of Animal Care / Senior Technician. The job involves significant outdoor work in varying weather conditions and requires the candidate to be able to lift up to 70 pounds.

Responsibilities

Animal Care Related Duties:

  • Operate in accordance with animal care and use guidelines outlined by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and U.S. Animal Welfare Regulations.
  • This position requires that you work diligently and responsibly when independent of constant personal supervision.
  • Familiarity with all current Pasture procedures, operations, schedules and projects
  • Maintain full and effective communication with supervisor and colleagues in person and or by messages.
  • Constantly observe animals on campus for illness, injury or incident, while assuring all animals are contained within their appropriate paddocks.
  • Collect, restrain and transport animals for scheduled and incidental teaching and care purposes on campus.
  • Assist with transportation of livestock to campus.
  • Assist students with handling and restraining livestock.
  • Driving of Pasture trucks or utility vehicles as necessary once licensed and insurable.
  • Assist with brush / waste control in the Pasture.
  • Assure water is fresh, clean and available to all livestock at all times.
  • Loading, delivering, unloading, chopping and receipting forage grass and pelleted grain for Ross University livestock.
  • Daily and periodic cleaning of animal mangers, troughs stalls, pens and paddocks.
  • Keep barns, stalls, lanes, pens, corrals and paddocks clean and assure these are in good repair.
  • Assure that fences and gates are in good repair, trimmed free of vegetation.
  • Trained and available for fire emergencies and hurricane crises.
  • Secure and account for any RUSVM Animal Care property, materials, tools and equipment in your use, charge or area.

Completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

High School Diploma is essential.

  • Valid St. Kitts driver’s license is required.
  • Qualification for a Class D tractor driver’s license is desirable.
  • A desire to work with animals is essential.
  • Ability to assist program in achieving and maintaining AAALAC accreditation.
  • Be capable of handling and restraining animals.
  • Be capable of lifting 70lbs.
  • Be capable of following and adhering to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Be capable of learning new techniques.
  • Have an ability to communicate professionally in a corporate veterinary medical environment.
  • Flexibility to work weekends, holidays, and after-hours emergencies.
  • Demonstrate respect for colleagues and the animals.
  • Be adaptable and flexible.


We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 

 

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

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