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Veterinary Technician I - Large Animal Hospital
Tufts University

Date Posted May 21, 2024
Title Veterinary Technician I - Large Animal Hospital
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Hospital for Large Animals
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care


The technicians of the Hospital for Large Animals are well versed at handling multiple different species that are cared for in our hospital.  In addition to horses, which comprise the majority of our case load, our staff also have the opportunity to work with a variety of other species including alpacas, goats and pigs. Our technicians work together as a team with residents, interns, and faculty clinicians to provide quality, compassionate, and timely care to all of our hospitalized patients.  In addition to our in-house patients, the technicians provide assistance, and urgent care to incoming emergencies along with our teams of veterinarians and veterinary students. 

As a teaching hospital, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is well known for the ability to offer a wide variety of cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic options for our large animal patients and their owners. The focus of our work here is to provide medical guidance and care to the patients and clients, as well as providing a solid education to our future veterinary professionals. Our technicians play an integral part in both roles… as caregivers and as educators.

We have over a dozen specialists with extensive experience in large animal Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Sports Medicine; and with this knowledge, the staff can provide our new hires with the training, the tools, and support that they will need to be successful in this environment. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has excellent resources, and health benefits to offer, and plenty of Continuing Education opportunities to further enhance our staff and our hospital surroundings.

If you are looking for a new challenge and a rewarding experience in the veterinary/large animal field, please consider the opportunities that we have available.

What You'll Do

The Vet Tech I is responsible for providing high quality nursing care and treatment to all Internal Medicine, General Diagnostics and Surgery Service, and Sports Medicine Service patients as directed by clinicians/residents or supervising technicians.  As a team member, the Vet Tech I will assist other technicians in carrying out the daily patient management plan, which includes inpatient care and treatment, providing technical support for other clinicians and students, guidance, and instruction to students on rotation, and assisting with routine/emergency admissions and discharges. The Float Technician will provide variable coverage to the hospital during planned vacation time, medical leaves, and may be asked to expand coverage to other departments within the Hospital for Large Animals. The Float Technician may be required to work outside of the set schedule, not to exceed a 35 -hour workweek, for periods of time to accommodate the hospital’s needs.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Large animal handling skills required
  • At least one year of related experience
  • High School Diploma/GED is required
  • Computer proficiency/Electronic Medical Records
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a large animal technician
  • CVT, eligible to sit for VTNE
  • Degree from Accredited Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Science, Animal Science
  • Computer skills, EMR exposure
  • Vocational/Technical training or Associate/Bachelor’s Degree with 2+ year’ experience preferred   

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

This position has a four day work week schedule, with one on call shift per week.  Schedule includes participation in holiday and on call rotation and may include occasional weekend hours. This position is considered essential and is therefore required to report to work as scheduled during emergency closings. 

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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