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Veterinary Technician I - Hospital for Large Animals
Tufts University

Date Posted Jul. 27, 2023
Title Veterinary Technician I - Hospital for Large Animals
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. Since 1985, we have offered high quality medical care, consultation, referral, and emergency veterinary services for the care of horses along with other farm species such as goats, sheep, camelids, and pigs.  The hospital also serves as the primary clinical training environment for the veterinary students, interns, and residents.

What You'll Do

The Veterinary Technician I works as part of an integrated clinical care team to provide high quality nursing care to inpatient, outpatient, critically ill and emergent patients.

In addition, the Veterinary Technician supervises and instructs veterinary students on each rotation. As part of our highly competitive benefits package, we offer a liberal continuing education allowance and tuition reimbursement program to all technicians employed in Hospital for Large Animals to promote personal and professional growth. Compensation will vary based on education, experience, and credentials.

The Veterinary Technician is considered an essential employee within the hospital and the schedule may include providing University and calendar holiday coverage on a rotating basis. A substantial holiday premium pay is applied to any University designated holiday. 



As a Vet Tech I, Large Animal you will:

  • Provide high quality patient care including the following:
  • Monitor, manage and implement treatment plans as ordered by clinicians to insure prompt delivery of high-quality patient care.
  • Assist clinicians with procedures.
  • Collaborate with administrative and clinical care team members throughout the hospital to coordinate and prioritize patient care.
  • Complete diagnostic testing as ordered by clinicians including bench-top lab tests.
  • Provide technical assistance for clinical, academic and research.
  • Assist with discharge/admission of patients, grooming, leg wraps, on-loading and off-loading animals.
  • Provide technical assistance for all clinic admissions
  • Aid clinicians in the evaluation of patients presenting to the hospital for emergency and elective care.
  • Set up for emergencies including preparation of supplies and medications.
  • Set up endoscopy, radiology, monitoring, or diagnostic equipment for use.• Instruct veterinary students and student technicians in all technical aspects of patient care.
  • Maintain adequate inventory of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Clean and maintain clinical areas including patient treatment areas, wards, isolation, induction and intensive care unit.
  • Provide coverage for other sections of the hospital as needed.
  • Participate in service and hospital wide initiatives as required.
  • Complete at least 6 hours of RACE approved CE annually.


This is a part time position, Thursday 3pm-12am and Friday 3pm-12am

What We're Looking For

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Required technical skills include:
    • Safely work with and restrain horses
    • Assess the attitude and responsiveness of patients being treated
    • Comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities for several patients within a busy clinical setting.
  • Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team of clinical and administrative professionals.
  • Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years of experience as a veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, or similar technical experience.
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree from an AVMA accredited institution
  • Certified Veterinary Technician eligible
  • Experience in a specialty or academic hospital setting
  • Exotic animal handling skills desirable.

Pay Range

Minimum $21.80, Midpoint $25.95, Maximum $30.10

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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