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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant

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Work type: Staff Part Time

Location: UMass Amherst, Mt. Ida - Newton

Department:Veterinary & Animal Sciences


Categories: Laboratory & Research, Temporary Non-Benefited, Research

About UMass Amherst - Mount Ida Campus

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst is located in Newton, MA adjacent to the Newton-Needham Innovation District, and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor. At Mount Ida, UMass Amherst offers an array of experiential learning opportunities to its undergraduate students, as well as a growing number of graduate and professional degree programs. The campus is growing its undergraduate career development programs with expanded access to internships and co-ops in the thriving Greater Boston area.

Job Summary

The Animal Facility Assistant provides support to veterinary technology students during evening and weekend kennel shifts on the Mount Ida Campus in Newton, MA. Responsibilities include checking USDA monitoring systems, monitoring animal health, and supervising student kennel workers. The Assistant will perform assigned task as directed by the Senior USDA Veterinary Technologist and assist the Program Veterinarian as requested with medical care.

Essential Functions

  • Check with student kennel workers and medical board regarding animal health issues.

  • Respond to “during shift” issues and animal medical issues.

  • Report all medical issues to Program Veterinarian.

  • Perform post-op pain scoring.

  • Check that animals are fasted for procedures and have appropriate signs on their cages.

  • Check that all animals on medications have been given meds and properly recorded in the medical record, pink treatment sheet, and on the white board.

  • Return post-op animals to general population when approved by Program Veterinarian.

  • Report students that did not attend their kennel shift to the appropriate instructor.

  • Perform a walk-through of all animal and multi-purpose rooms.

  • Check the USDA log to be sure it is dated and filled out appropriately.

  • Perform a cursory evaluation of animals for attitude and overall health.

  • Check that each animal has water, food (if applicable), litter boxes, and appropriate enrichment.

  • Check countertops, cages, floors, vents, and other areas for cleanliness (dust) and clean if needed.

  • Check expiration dates on food and that food is stored correctly.

  • Check secondary containers for appropriate labels and expiration dates (if applicable).

  • Check cage wash room, kitchen, and laundry room for cleanliness.

  • The Assistant will meet with potential animal adoption candidates and assist in the screening process.

Other Functions

  • Assist in animal care as needed.

  • Submit maintenance repair items to the college facility department when necessary.

  • Assign tasks as needed for mid-day kennel shift.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT, RVT, LVT, etc.).

  • Graduate of an AVMA accredited program.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Two or more years’ experience as a veterinary technician with at least one year in a small animal clinic.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Must be able to handle dogs and cats for a variety of procedures, such as venipuncture.

  • Must be able to stand for up to 2-4 hours at a time.

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

  • Perform CVT duties as needed to assist in animal care, surgery.

Work Schedule

  • Evenings and rotating weekends.

  • Up to 30 hours/week.

  • This is a temporary, unbenefited position.

Salary Information


Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Oct 4 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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