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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6411


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Salary Range 11 $2379 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103


The VETERINARY ANIMAL ATTENDANT provides continuous daily cleaning of VTH facilities, individual patient kennels and stalls, maintenance of equipment and ordering hospital supplies. Provide care, restraint and handling of large animals (e.g., horses, cattle, sheep) and/or small animals (cats and dogs) within a veterinary teaching hospital.


This is a single class and not currently part of a series of classes.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

  1. General Sanitation. Typical Tasks: Change bedding in kennels and stalls and dispose of waste. Clean and disinfect kennels and stalls by scrubbing walls, ceilings, and floors with pressure washer and hand brush. Disinfect kennels and stalls in compliance with established protocol. Sweep, hose, and mop floors, walls, and passage ways throughout hospital using specialized manual and motorized cleaning equipment. Clean and properly store restraining equipment, food and water bowls, collars, leashes, muzzles, grooming tools, etc. Perform minor maintenance and repair to equipment (e.g., charges batteries, lubes and cleans trailers and stall equipment such as woodchip blower, hose reels, feed bins).
  2. Daily Care and Observation. Typical Tasks: Feed, water, and exercise large and/or small animals. Prepare and administer special diets for patients according to instructions. Observe and record any abnormalities of patients (pre- and post-surgery) and alert supervisor. Administer oral medication as directed by veterinary clinician. Administration of medications to University-owned animals may be required after appropriate veterinary instruction.
  3. Animal Restraint. Typical Tasks: Handle large animals in confined spaces to allow veterinary clinician and veterinary students to perform examinations. Table large animal for examination or surgery and restrain animals for treatment and minor surgeries performed in stall. Handle and restrain small animals during veterinary procedures (e.g. venipuncture, catheter placement, examination). Assist owners in loading and unloading animals entering and leaving facility. Transport deceased animals to necropsy room.
  4. Stocking and ordering of supplies. Unload and stack feed and hay bales. Stock medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, restraining equipment, towels, hay, grain, bedding, etc. throughout designated areas of the hospital. Maintain inventory of special feeds.
  5. Oversee Student Workers. Lead Work. Directing and scheduling student workers. Assign, plan and review work.


Employees in this class have regular contact with veterinary students, technicians and with clinicians when assisting them with the care of animals Employees in this class have regular contact with student workers to direct them in their cleaning duties.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from a supervisor who gives work assignment by observation for timely completion and adherence to established animal caretaking procedures. Employees in this class follow veterinary teaching hospital policy and procedure manuals and State and Federal rules and regulations to aid in the correct and humane care of animals. OSHA standards insure overall hospital safety, assuring proper bio-hazard materials storage and disposal procedures are followed.


Positions in this class are in a veterinary teaching hospital and require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose which includes working with large and/or small animals. They require the willingness to maintain conduct and respect consistent with veterinary teaching hospital policies and standards in the care and treatment of animals. Exposure to noxious odors, infectious diseases, chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, loud noises, and machinery is likely. Working with and around animals has certain inherent risks; animal handling and restraint can lead to injury. Positions require the ability to stand and work for extended periods on a concrete floor or uneven surfaces and may require the ability to lift up to 100 pounds to load and unload hay bales for large animals and up to 40 pounds to move bags of feed for smaller animals. This position may have access to controlled drugs.


One year of experience caring for, restraining, and handling animals which demonstrates knowledge of:

  • normal and/or abnormal behavior and habits of large animals (e.g., horses, cattle, sheep, etc.) and/or small animals (cats and dogs);
  • animal husbandry and hygiene;
  • animal restraint techniques and devices;
  • basic medications used in animal care; and
  • equipment and machinery used in the care of animals and cleaning of stalls and/or cages.

Finalists for this position will be required to complete a criminal background history and motor vehicle background criteria form. Offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check. This position may require a valid driver license.