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Animal Technician I

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 514186
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Veterinary Medicine
Pay Grade: 05A

About This Role:

The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for an Animal Techinican I in Small Animal. The purpose of this position is to have a more consistent performance of duties which are currently performed by a number of Student Animal Technicians who have inconsistent hours dictated by their class schedules. This position will interface with the other two Animal Technicians I & II as they finish their daily schedules and will provide coverage during day and some weekend hours which currently have limited student coverage.


  • Provide patient care in assigned Small Animal/Exotics sections to include the following:
    • Per written procedures and protocols as well as oral instruction clean, sanitize and/or disinfect all cages, kennels, treatment areas, and other areas as directed on a daily basis.
    • Supply fresh water to patients unless otherwise directed, monitor food intake and/or feed as directed.
    • Observe patients for questionable presentation and/or medical difficulties; notifying appropriate clinical staff and supervisor. Supervisor Section Heads, and Clinical Staff will monitor performance on a daily basis.
  • Provide ancillary patient care in the Small Animal/Exotics sections to include the following:
    • Operate laundry and dishwashing equipment to clean, sanitize, and/or disinfect non-surgical linens, equipment, and dishware.
    • Clean sanitize, and/or disinfect portable transport cages, mats, and carriers as well as the cage washing/storage area.
    • Clean and maintain special services areas such as Ward Services, Isolation, etc. as assigned. This may include inventory, stocking, cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfection, as well as waste disposal for cleanliness and to discourage vermin. Special attention is to be given to the exercise yard from both a sanitation and public presentation standpoint.
    • Report and record all pertinent data as directed by Supervior or Clinical Staff. Supervisor, Section Heads, and Clinical Staff will monitor performance on a daily basis.
  • Provide additional in-house services to include the following:
    • Maintain an adequate inventory of feedstuffs, learn the procedures involved in ordering and procuring feedstuffs and if directed order them in the absence of other personnel charged with this duty. Prepare and feed regular and special diets as directed.
    • Familiarity with bathing and grooming procedures for patients as well as all equipment and products purchased and used in the procedures. Maintainence of bathing and grooming areas as well as equipment used for these tasks. Performance to be monitored daily by Supervisor, Section Heads and Clinical Staff.
    • Prepare equipment for Physical Therapy procedures and assist if directed by clinical staff. Performance to be monitored by Supervisor, Section Heads, and Clinical Staff on a daily basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or KSU-VHC Administration such as:
    • Assist Clinical Staff and Students as requested with animal restraint and any other procedures on a case by case basis.
    • Support services throughout the Department/Hospital, such as minor repairs, equipment assembly, moving furniture, hanging pictures, bulletin boards, etc.
    • Assist with additional duties as directed by Supervisor, Revision of Hospital Protocol, or Hospital Administration to support other areas of the Hospital as needed. Participate in cross-training programs to efficiently carry out these other duties, coordinate schedule accordingly to accommodate other support staff. Supervisor, Section Heads, and Clinical Staff will monitor daily performance.
    • Interface with other Departments and Agencies on the KSU campus as assigned

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Three years of experience with companion animals/exotics in a clinical, kennel, cattery, or pet shop setting.
  • Some college experience.
  • Valid driver’s license once employed.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$13.98 - $20.96/hour


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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