Animal Health Technician (Trainee, I, or II)

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 184000 - CVM Clinical Science Department
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

To perform a variety of duties involved in providing technical support to the Animal Health Center; provide instruction to Animal Health Technicians and professional veterinary students.

Salary Grade:  12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Instruct, evaluate, and assist professional veterinary students and animal health technicians on technical health care procedures. Schedule diagnostic procedures and the use of diagnostic equipment. Set-up, clean, and maintain specialized diagnostic equipment and animal treatment areas. Perform or assist with diagnostic procedures. Perform routine laboratory tests as needed. Supervise or administer anesthesia during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Initiate emergency resuscitation and treatments. Monitor the condition of animals in ordinary and special care units; notify appropriate personnel of change in health status. Operate and maintain a variety of clinical equipment. Responsible for maintaining fresh blood supply in blood bank; maintain donor log book. Assist in research studies. Restrain, move, and handle animals. Instruct others on proper animal handling techniques, vaccination protocols, and treatment schedules. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of an approved Animal Health Technology program. Ability to work with and handle either large or small animals depending on the specific area of assignment. Ability to lift, stoop, and bend in order to move animals as needed and maintain equipment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Trainee Level: Must possess a veterinary technology or technician degree, Must obtain certification within 1 calendar year of hire.
Level I: Completion of an approved Animal Health Technology Program with no experience.
Level II: Completion of an approved Animal Health Technology Program plus 2 years’ experience. Experience must include at least 2 years at the preceding level or equivalent.

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in animal science or related field. Prior work experience.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at Please include cover letter and resume along with names and addresses of at least three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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