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Job ID: 206031

Animal Care Attendant
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 22, 2023
Title Animal Care Attendant
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care


The Animal Care service supports the Foster Hospital for Small Animal's mission by providing general housekeeping services ensuring care, cleanliness and comfort for all the dogs, cats and exotic pets who are treated in our inpatient, outpatient and emergency services.

What You'll Do

The Animal Care Attendant is responsible for patient care and feeding general housekeeping and maintenance of the clinical space in the Small Animal Hospital. The Animal Care Attendants provide assistance to the Veterinary Technicians in completing daily treatments.


  • Provide patients with food and water as ordered by clinician.
  • Assist technicians in completing patient treatments while demonstrating proper animal handling and humane restraint techniques, basic and species-specific husbandry techniques and proper daily care of medical equipment.
  • Clean and maintain cages and clinical spaces.
  • Clean and stock patient care areas and food room.
  • Clean and maintain dog walk areas.
  • Provide laundry service.
  • Assist with patient visits.
  • Assist with patient drop offs and discharges.
  • Transport patients between services within the Hospital.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or the equivalent with up to one year of related experience.
  • Ability to effectively work as a member of a team.
  • Pride in maintaining assigned areas in a hospital environment.
  • 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:

  • Vocational/technical training or Associates Degree preferred with one or more years of experience.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior, restraint, feeding and basic sanitation.
  • Exotic animal handling skills. Exotic animals include birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, special small mammals (such as chinchillas or hedgehogs), reptiles, and amphibians. For Animal Care Attendants working primarily with the Zoological Companion Animal (ZCAM) program, exotic animal handling skills are required.


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