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Large Animal Technician

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Health and Medical Services

Job Description

Provides basic and intensive nursing care to all patients including horses, llamas, alpacas, pigs, goats, sheep and cows of all services admitted for treatment to the Large Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital through administration of medications/treatments, physical exams, record keeping and assisting in preparation and performance of procedures for a busy surgery and medicine service. Provides technical assistance to clinical faculty, residents, interns, and senior veterinary students concerning all aspects of patient care, animal handling and the application and use of specialized diagnostic and medical equipment. Subject to work and/or be on call for varying shifts, days of the week, weekends and holidays. Assist in other areas as directed by the supervisor. Schedule to be discussed/decided during the interview. 

Required Qualifications

Ability to receive and convey information and instructions to senior veterinary students, clinical faculty, and technical staff. Recognize needs and establish priorities, care and concern for large animal patients. Be able to make sound emergency decisions concerning the health and safety of both humans and animals. Restrain and administer drugs and pharmaceuticals by all acceptable routes of administration to large animals. Knowledge of Large animal anatomy, physiology and etiology; knowledge of CPR and animal restraint methods; considerable experience handling large farm animals, proficiency in the operation, maintenance, and application of sophisticated medical equipment; IV pumps, heart monitors, centrifuge, ultrasound laser, incubator, endoscopes, hoists, slings, nebulizer, and glucometer. Must be able to safely move and handle 75 pounds. Must be able to tolerate rabies prophylaxis.

Preferred Qualifications

Licensed Veterinary Technician. Knowledge of basic nursing skills, veterinary pharmaceuticals, and the application and operation of sophisticated surgical, medical, and diagnostic equipment. Experience working in a veterinary medical setting. Experience in a large animal practice environment, ability to work well with others in an academic setting.

Pay Band

3; Salary

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary; Pay Band 3; commensurate with experience 

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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