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Staff Assistant Veterinary Assistant Tufts Ambulatory Service

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Tufts University

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Description The Department of Environmental and Population Health (DEPH) is the academic home for the Tufts Ambulatory Service, Laboratory Animal Medicine Service, Cummings School Farm and the Corporate Research Program. DEPH promotes the health and well-being of farm and laboratory animals through environmentally appropriate husbandry, and population based preventive medical practices and therapies. By modeling evidence-based animal and veterinary care and advising animal caretakers of those principles, we enhance the viability of farms, stables, and laboratory animal facilities while providing students with practical experience and knowledge. We train professional and graduate students in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for agricultural and research animals. The Tufts Ambulatory Service is the largest mobile large animal practice in the Northeast. The ten veterinarians in the section make approximately 4,000 farm calls per year, and tend to over 35,000 cows, 2,000 horses, 700 sheep, 700 goats, and 800 llamas or alpacas. The Farm maintains teaching and production programs for swine, cattle, sheep and poultry. The AAALAC-accredited Laboratory Animal Medicine Service supports animal-based research for several species on behalf of faculty and external clinical and discovery programs dedicated to the understanding, prevention and treatment of disease. This position provides technical and administrative support for a multi-species and multi-disciplinary ambulatory practice of 10 veterinarians. The Veterinary Assistant is a crucial team member to help provide quality veterinary care to large animal (primarily cattle, horses and sheep) owners, and support the clinical training of veterinary students. Frequent and accurate communication directly with animal owners, veterinarians and students is required. Primary responsibilities include effectively answering the phones and providing triage of urgent calls, managing the veterinarians\u2019 complex schedules, preparing health certificates and other documentation and following up farm visits. Provide skilled technical support of veterinary procedures such as animal restraint, x-rays, fecal and blood collection and with advanced reproductive technology procedures such as embryo flushing and ovine artificial insemination. Cross training with other office and technical staff to cover busy times of the day and absences. Miscellaneous tasks include laundry, surgical pack preparation, laboratory and treatment areas maintenance and preparation of biological samples for shipping. Qualifications Basic Requirements: High School Diploma\/GED and 2-4 years\u2019 of administrative and practical experience in animal agriculture, veterinary or medical practice required. Bookkeeping or basic accounting knowledge. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills both in person and by telephone. Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities within a busy clinical setting environment. Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy in carrying out job duties is required. Proficiency with standard office and business software, including MS Office suite. Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team of veterinarians, staff and rotating students. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation. Preferred Qualifications: AA\/AS degree in Animal Science or Veterinary Technology preferred with 1-3 years related experience. Special Work Schedule Requirements: Irregular hours, including late or early days, occasional weekends or holiday work, or altered schedule may be required. An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer. Equal Opportunity Employer \u2013 minority\/females\/veterans\/disability\/sexual orientation\/gender identity

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In the 1840s, the Universalist Church wanted to open a college in New England. Boston businessman Charles Tufts gave the church a gift of 20 acres of land, valued at $20,000, on the condition it be used for establishing a college. With that, the location was decided. Tufts' land, which he inherited, was located on one of the highest hills in the Boston area, Walnut Hill, straddling Medford and Somerville.

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