University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Large Animal Technician



  • School of Veterinary Science

  • Be a key member of the Livestock Practical Coordination team

  • Provide assistance and support to undergraduate practical teaching

  • Full-time permanent opportunity

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  • About UQ's Gatton Campus

    Established over 125 years ago, UQ's Gatton Campus has a long history – from starting out as a dedicated agricultural institution, to being a field hospital during WWII, and to joining the UQ community in 1990.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join an organisation where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued, and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • Free parking and intercampus bus

  • On campus childcare, medical clinic, and post office

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • 25% discount on eligible UQ Vets services

  • Access to our $4.1 million UQ Sports facility

  • Volunteer in our community garden

  • About This Opportunity

    The primary purpose of these positions is to provide operational/technical assistance and instructional support to undergraduate practical teaching, and to perform clinical duties in the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide high quality nursing and technical services within the clinic and to assist in the undergraduate teaching of veterinary students and Veterinary Technology students in a clinical environment.

  • Prepare facilities/resources required to deliver or support undergraduate teaching in the fields of animal handling, management and husbandry;

  • Assist with tutoring and demonstrations during practical classes and tutorials for undergraduate veterinary science and veterinary technician students;

  • Prepare required equipment and maintain consumable supplies in preparation for the practical teaching;

  • Prepare and collate materials as needed to support the School's practical coordinator in their role;

  • Collection, storage and preparation of cadaver specimens for undergraduate teaching;

  • Order consumables and keep an up-to-date inventory;

  • Assist in practical aspects of research including collection and recording of scientific data as required;

  • Record keeping as required to satisfy the requirements of the Government Sector Organisations;

  • Perform rostered nursing duties and clinical teaching within the Veterinary teaching hospitals during non-teaching periods.

  • This is a full-time (100%), continuing position.

    At HEW level 4, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $71,640.06 - $75,957.51, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $83,818.87 - $88,870.29 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and/or Bachelor degree in Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated Production Animal and Equine handling and nursing experience of a high standard

  • Current Manual Australian Driver's License.

  • Sound working knowledge of farm animal production enterprises and an ability to transfer and apply this knowledge in practical terms.

  • Knowledge and skills in the use of computer software packages for word processing, data storage and retrieval, email, spreadsheets and other administrative activities.

  • High level organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to work flexibly with the use of initiative and autonomy.

  • Good written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to use these skills in managing professional & operational relationships with colleagues, clients and students.

  • Demonstrated interest in participating in undergraduate teaching with knowledge of Animal Ethics requirements an advantage.

  • Physically fit and ability to undertake physically strenuous work activities outdoors, in all seasons, with exposure to animal biological materials.

  • Reliable, dependable, and adaptable availability, including as required for early starts and/or late finishes .

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Courtney Stewart at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    Applications close Thursday May 23rd 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-38254).

    Job details


    Large Animal Technician


    University of Queensland




    May 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 23, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Medicine

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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