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Specialist, Food Animal

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Food Services Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Clinical Sciences

Division Name

College of Veterinary Medicine

Position Title

Specialist, Food Animal

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Provides technical support to veterinarians diagnosing and treating food and fiber producing species including training on topics such as animal husbandry, nutrition, handling, restraint, and ethology within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Essential Functions

Facilitates veterinary diagnostics and treatments in a safe manner by administering medications, routine vaccinations, and treatment according to prescribed instructions. Inspects facilities, equipment, and supplies daily as well as observes status of health of animals, environmental conditions, temperature, and sanitation. Assists clinicians with student examination, treatment, research, projects, surgery, restraint, sample collection in animals, and assists in emergency and critical care of patients. Safely handles and restrains food and fiber animals for treatment. Operates, maintains, repairs, and cleans hospital, laboratory and research equipment as well as maintains inventories for the laboratory and clinical area. Assist supervisor in training laboratory animal caretakers/students regarding care of animals, preventative medicine practices, collection of specimens, and handling of animal including food and fiber animals. Performs routine laboratory examinations including parasitology, bacteriology, hematology, and serology. Observes and records vital data, abnormal clinical signs, body weight, feed, water intake of animals, and collects and labels specimens. Schedules appointments for diagnostic procedures and advises referring veterinarians about the use of specialized equipment such as ultrasonography, anesthesia equipment, and other surgical supplies. Operates and maintains equipment such as loaders, skid steers, tractors, forklifts, etc. to facilitate the movement of heavy objects, animals or filler materials for stall repairs. Conducts library and internet searches, writes procedures and reports, and prepares charts and graphs as needed.

Education Level

High school diploma or equivalent

Field of Study

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience in handling and managing food animals safely and working knowledge of cattle management.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of large animal handling, processes, methods, and procedures associate with a limited range of medical engineering or scientific problems.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$22,300 - $37,200

Job Category

Agricultural/Veterinary Medicine

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Letter of Recommendation
  4. Other
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have 2 years of experience in handling and managing food animals safely and working knowledge of cattle management OR a degree to use in lieu of years of experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No

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