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Lead Ruffian Animal Technician- position located in Elmont NY

Company name
Cornell University

Elmont, NY
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Job Description:

The Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists' (CRES) Hospital will provide state-of-the-art surgical, imaging, diagnostic, and rehabilitation services to enhance equine health. The hospital is located within walking distance to Belmont Park, the world's premier Thoroughbred horse-racing facility. At CRES, veterinarians aspire to assimilate knowledge gained on all fronts - at the track, in the show ring, at the research bench, and in the hospital - to deliver paradigm-shifting veterinary medical care.

CRES provides leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation.  The animal attendant lead will assist the practice manager by providing oversight and guidance to other animal attendant employees during the early morning and weekend shifts, as well as in the absence of the practice manager, which includes prioritizing daily tasks and project assignments as well as any and all training that pertains to their position. 

Duties will include but are not limited to:

Performing equine animal care and housekeeping duties, specifically, providing bedding, feed, water, grooming and general patient care as needed and directed; clean, wash and disinfect animal stalls and other areas where animals are housed, walked, treated, induced or recovered;

Equine patient handling, including the ability to safely perform manual restraint, in-hand leading, controlled lunging, foal handling and stallion handling; assist with recovery from anesthesia according to current protocols, using sound judgment and safe practices at all times, to avoid injury to the patient, yourself and others in the hospital;

Equine patient admissions and discharges including keeping all patient belongings organized and labeled, providing necessary paperwork/medications for all discharges prior to the horse leaving the facility;

General maintenance throughout the hospital, to include facilities issues, ordering and maintaining supply of hay, grain, shaving, etc.; performing preventative maintenance and repairs to machinery and equipment, bringing any and all issues to the attention of the practice manager (or designee); request quotes from vendors on purchases and repairs, accurately schedule maintenance related service calls upon approval from Practice Manager, and assist Practice Manager in receiving, opening and recording purchased inventory;

Manage the waste/recycling removal account, which includes ensuring the recycling, waste and trash is picked up as scheduled and make any changes with them directly, as needed.

Manage the electrician account and other similar facilities related accounts, including scheduling and maintaining any issues throughout the hospital;

Partner with bio-hazard officer to ensure removal of biohazardous waste, including transportation to proper disposal areas is adhered to, following strict infection control protocols;

Adhere to and enforce hospital infection control policies, particularly in potential containment situations; Dependability is essential in ensuring appropriate infection control practices occur.

Act as mentor to other animal attendant staff and volunteers, reporting any concerns to Practice Manager (or designee). This might require asking other team members to move around throughout the day to the most appropriate areas depending on the needs of the clinic during that day.

Required Qualifications

:  High school diploma or equivalent with 3-5 years direct experience in a barn environment, including direct experience with horses, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have knowledge of infection control practices; the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, which include, but are not limited to, stressful situations, prolonged standing and kneeling, as well as restraining patients which exceed 100lbs.  Valid driver's license, and the ability to operate a variety of machinery, including tractors, trucks and forklift.  Knowledge of electronics principles, safe practices, and a basic mechanical aptitude. Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding environment handling multiple tasks simultaneously, while paying close attention to details.  Must demonstrate excellent communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to handle horses, feed stocking and general stable hand work.  Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, which includes tactful interactions with students, veterinary technicians, clients and clinicians, while using good judgment in setting priorities.  Daily work schedule may vary depending on business and staffing needs.  Holiday, weekend and evening hours will be expected

University Job Title:

Animal Tech III



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Toral Patel

Number of Openings:


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Company Profile
Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

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