Animal Caretaker I

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS

Job Title

Animal Caretaker I


Texas A&M University


Dean Of Veterinary Medicine

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are

Welcome to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). From the over 550 students in our DVM program , to the 2,355 students in our dynamic Biomedical Science Undergraduate Program , to the 150 outstanding graduate students involved in quality research projects throughout the college, we’re engaged in preparing our students to meet the public and animal health needs of the 21st century and beyond. We’re proud of our college, our facilities and our programs, but it’s the people that make it all work—we’re enormously proud of our faculty, staff, and students.

What we want

The Animal Caretaker I, under direct supervision, will assist and support an Animal Caretaker II in providing animal care to lab and teaching facilities. These duties will include assisting with handling and restraint of teaching animals; animal husbandry, cleaning kennel areas, laundry, feeding, routine observations; operates mechanical equipment; performs minor maintenance repair; and provides occasional student worker direction. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Salary: Compensation will be commensurate to selected hire’s experience.

Special Note: A cover letter and resume are strongly recommended. You may upload them on the application under the CV/Resume section.

COVID-19 information:  Texas A&M University monitors local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. For the latest information regarding Texas A&M’s COVID-19 response, please visit the University’s COVID-19 website . For COVID-19 employment-related information, please visit the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness’ COVID-19 website .

Required Education:

  • High School diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

  • Obtain and maintain Rabies prophylaxis, Aseptic Technique certification, TAMU required training

Other Requirements or Factors:

  • Ability to work around animals, dust or hay

  • Physical ability to move or lift heavy loads

  • Physical ability to stand for several hours at a time

  • Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor

  • May be required to work alternate shift as needed to provide for mission of the college

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Degree in animal science or related, Certified Veterinary Assistant, AAALAC / AALAS certification

  • More than one-year full time experience in animal handling and care preferably in TAMU System

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • Forklift certification or ability to obtain

Preferred Other Factors:

  • TAMU experience within Comparative Medicine program or other teaching environment


  • Cleaning & Sanitation - Assist Animal Caretaker II with cleaning and disinfect animal, surgical, anesthesia, and teaching areas to include indoor and outdoor facilities per SOP. Clean floors, walls, bedding, sinks, corridors, windows, ceilings and cabinets. May require working above ground level. Clean and disinfects corridors after animals are dismissed. Empty manure cans and trash receptacles daily, which includes scrubbing and disinfecting. Maintains care and service of equipment. Launder and fold bedding, surgical items, or other items as directed.

  • Teaching Lab Support - Assists, under the direct supervision of faculty, animal caretaker II or technicians with: Positioning of animals for teaching labs or surgical procedures; Handle and restrain animals for teaching labs to include dogs, cats, goats, rats, horses, and cattle; Assists with setup of various teaching labs not limited to preparation of models, animals, and various supplies; Assist with breakdown of the lab upon completion; Assists with surgical pack preparation; to include: washing instruments, sorting and packing instruments, pack wrapping, autoclave use.

  • Animal Care - Provide feed, water and care to animals in stalls and cage.  Stock bedding and feeding areas. Transports animal feed from storage area. Brush, bathe, dry, and exercises animals as directed.

  • Transportation - Transports animals and supplies to teaching lab to include dogs, cats, goats, rats, horse and cattle. Transports tissue to and from biowaste facility as needed / directed. Assists with necropsy procedures.

  • Teaching Model Care - Care of various teaching models used in the curriculum to include intensive SynDaver care following department standard operating procedures and schedule. Perform other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate , specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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