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Veterinary Technician-Large Animal

Company: Texas Tech University
Location: Amarillo
Posted on: March 30, 2024

Job Description:


Veterinary Technician-Large Animal


Veterinary Medicine

Position Description

Provides advanced veterinary technical skills with respect to the care, management, treatment, and documentation of care provided to animals used in the teaching and research program of the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. This job would involve instruction of veterinary students in clinical and professional skills laboratories involving multiple species including physical examination, surgical, medical, handling, and communication situations. Incumbent must be willing and able to follow-up on all animal health issues on a daily basis. This will at times require weekend and holiday care of sick animals. Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all employees.

About the University

Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Doctoral/Research-Extensive, Hispanic Serving, and state-assisted institution. Located on a beautiful 1,850-acre campus in Lubbock, a city in West Texas with a growing metropolitan-area population of over 300,000, the university enrolls over 40,000 students with 33,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, Texas Tech University is home to 10 colleges, the Schools of Law and Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School. The flagship of the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. It is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.
About Lubbock:Referred to as the "Hub City" because it serves as the educational, cultural, economic, and health care hub of the South Plains region, Lubbock boasts a diverse population and a strong connection to community, history, and land. With a mild climate, highly rated public schools, and a low cost of living, Lubbock is a family-friendly community that is ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas. Lubbock is home to a celebrated and ever-evolving music scene, a vibrant arts community, and is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe, and other major metropolitan cities. Lubbock's Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a comprehensive overview of the Lubbock community and its resources, programs, events, and histories.

About the Department and/or College

The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTU SVM) was established in 2018 as the second veterinary school program in the State of Texas. The mission of the school is to train veterinarians that will return to practice in rural and regional communities of Texas and New Mexico. The school is located in Amarillo, Texas, with the main campus being located adjacent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and a large animal facility (Mariposa Station) conveniently located 3 miles away from the main campus. TTU SVM boasts state of the art surgical and classroom facilities as well as world class faculty that deliver a unique training program that is focused on practical learning that incorporates modern technology. TTU SVM is seeking a large animal technician to join our team of dedicated technicians and support staff.

Major/Essential Functions

This position would aid TTU clinical faculty delivering instruction for the clinical year program at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. The clinical year program is the 4th and final year of veterinary student instruction and is delivered in both on-campus and at off-campus partnering veterinary practices. This position will primarily assist faculty who are delivering instruction off-campus, at our Instructional Center in Hereford TX. The position will have responsibility of inventory management of ambulatory vehicles, and Instructional Center TTU SVM inventory at the practice. This person may also aid in daily instruction of veterinary students in veterinary work provided at the center including physical examination, diagnostics and medical treatments, anesthesia, and surgery. The technician would be based out of Amarillo and may accompany clinical faculty to the Instructional Center in Hereford, on an as needed basis.Successful candidates will be expected to foster a values-based environment within the School and to develop collegial relationships with faculty, staff, and students at TTU and the TTUHSC and other institutions as appropriate. Annual evaluation includes review of both performance and contribution to the School's core values. The core values of the School are:

  • Community
  • Integrity
  • Kindheartedness
  • Grit
  • Inspiration
    Major/Essential Functions:
    • Knowledge and proficiency of basic veterinary technical skills
    • Use of electronic medical record systems and practice management software
    • Performance of diagnostic testing and acquisition of diagnostic imaging
    • Recognition of illness and provision of general nursing care
    • Administration of medications
    • Assisting in inventory management and purchasing of associated veterinary equipment and supplies
    • Maintenance of veterinary equipment including instrument sterilization
    • Teaching and assessment of veterinary students within a clinical setting
    • Ability to safely handle large animal veterinary patients.
    • Ability to travel, working with clinical program veterinarians at off-campus locations.
    • No inhibiting allergies to animals, hay, or dust
    • Ability to routinely lift 50 pounds or less independently.
    • Ability to routinely work outdoors in a variety of conditions.Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor.

      At times, this will require after-hours, weekend, and holiday care of sick animals. As TTU SVM does not have a teaching hospital, duties will be primarily within the pre-clinical program.

      Required Qualifications

      High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Five years of experience working with animals in a veterinary hospital. Fostering the Core Values of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Experience and background in ranching/farming or livestock industry.
      • Seasoned veterinary technical experience in all aspects of large animal practice.
      • Graduate of AVMA licensed veterinary technician program with licensure.

        Safety Information

        Adherence to robust safety practices and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations are responsibilities of all TTU employees.

        Does this position work in a research laboratory?


        Required Attachments

        Cover Letter, Professional/Personal References, Resume / CV

        Job Type

        Full Time

        Pay Basis


        Minimum Hire Rate


        Pay Statement

        Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan by visiting

        Travel Required

        Up to 75%



        Grant Funded?


        Job Group

        Skilled Technicians

        EEO Statement

        All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

Keywords: Texas Tech University, Amarillo , Veterinary Technician-Large Animal, Healthcare , Amarillo, Texas

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