• Animal Caretaker

    Location KN-St. Kitts
    Job ID
    2018-98572
    Institution
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Department
    Academics
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    The Animal Caretaker works in the Pasture Department along with the Pasture Assistants under the direct supervision of the Manager of Animal Care. The job involves significant outdoor work in varying weather conditions and requires the candidate to be able to lift up to 70 pounds.

     

    Responsibilities

    • 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
    • Learn, understand and follow schedules, protocols and priorities established for animal care on campus
    • Maintain full and effective communication with supervisor and colleagues in person and by 2-way radio
    • Use of MS Outlook and current Pasture work scheduling software
    • Constantly observe animals on campus for illness, injury or incident
    • Count animals daily and assist Manager of Animal Care in keeping a running account of livestock on campus. Assure that animals are confined in their appropriate paddocks.
    • Examine, treat and medicate livestock and record these activities as directed by the Manager of Animal Care, given sufficient training and direction
    • Assist with any emergencies affecting the animals on campus
    • Collect, restrain and transport animals for scheduled and incidental teaching and care purposes on campus and appropriately supervise any assistants in these tasks
    • Assist with transportation of livestock to campus
    • Inspect and properly apply identification system to all incoming RUSVM livestock
    • Assist students with handling and restraining livestock
    • Driving of Pasture trucks or utility vehicles as necessary once licensed and insurable
    • Assist with brush control in the Pasture
    • Assure water is fresh, clean and available to all livestock at all times,
    • Cutting, loading, delivering, unloading, chopping and receipting forage grass for Ross University livestock
    • Account for and distribute stored grain feed supplies
    • 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
    • Electric fence set-up, maintenance and repair
    • Pest control in livestock areas—flies, ticks, mice, rats, pigeons, chickens, etc.
    • Assist with forage grass culture, harvest and irrigation as requested
    • 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.

    Any other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • Ability to lift 50 - 70 pounds
    • Ability to work outdoors in varying climates (Sun, rain etc.)
    • Ability to work standing up for long periods of time
    • Comfortable working in direct contact with large or small animals (Cattle, Sheep, Donkeys, Dogs etc.)
    • Must be willing to work weekends and public holidays
    • Must be a licensed driver in St. Kitts
    • Qualification for a Class D tractor driver’s license is desirable



    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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