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MTS Level 6 - Animal Health Technician - Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College

Competition Number:
Position Type:
Staff Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Department of Health Management
MTS Level 6 - Animal Health Technician
Full-Time Permanent Position
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$56,709 to $62,366 per annum, as per CUPE 1870

The Department of Health Management requires an Animal Health Technician (AHT) to provide technical, physical, and administrative services to support the department’s laboratory teaching program and nursing care in the AVC large animal hospital.


  • Provide technical and physical services in the teaching program of the department including oversight and care of the teaching animals used by the department (including horses, cattle, small ruminants, and pigs) and organization of their use to keep in line with the UPEI Animal Care Committee Guidelines for the use of Teaching Animals and the Animal Resources policy. This will include ensuring Animal Use Protocols (AUPs) are kept up to date and appropriate for teaching animal usage
  • Work with instructors to refine the use of live animals and develop models that may enhance or help refine the use of live animals
  • Assist the department course coordinators with organizing laboratories including ordering lab supplies, helping coordinate lab schedules so that AUP guidelines are met, acquiring tissue specimens, preparation and clean-up of laboratories, supervision of students in the laboratories
  • To provide oversight and training along with faculty to students in the areas of animal care, restraint, handling, physical examination, and diagnostics techniques
  • Monitor teaching animal health and welfare and bring concerns to the Department of Health Management chair and or university veterinarian
  • Provide medical treatment to sick or injured teaching animals as prescribed by a veterinarian. This includes veterinary procedures commonly practiced by AHTs including but not limited to administration of medications and vaccines, collecting blood samples, removing, and applying bandages, placement of IV catheters
  • Provide or oversee general husbandry needs of the teaching large animals
  • Maintain daily records on teaching animals requiring medical treatment, organize medical care that is needed afterhours, including weekends and holidays
  • Follow appropriate Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols and notify Infection control officer or technician of any potential issues
  • Keep current on current practices in the large animal teaching hospital so those practices can be followed in the laboratory, so students learn what is expected in the hospital
  • To take shifts in the large animal hospital as an AHT in medicine or surgery when required by staffing needs particularly in the summer months when laboratory teaching demands are minimal and when there are staffing shortages (vacation and sick leave) in the teaching hospital. This will involve both regular daytime shifts and participating in after hours on call schedule. This will require assisting with treatments and diagnostic work ups, patient billing, monitoring patients and reporting abnormalities to clinicians, as well as supporting and supervising the veterinary students and house officers


  • A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
  • A diploma in animal health technology from a CVMA accredited program
  • Possess excellent organizational skills
  • Experience of 3-5 years with demonstrated competence working with large animal species (horses, cows, and small ruminants) in a clinical veterinary hospital setting
  • Knowledgeable in the husbandry and welfare needs of large animal domestic species
  • Demonstrated competence in nursing skills (handling, restraint, physical examination, and veterinary care) of animals in both the teaching herd and large animal hospital patients
  • Demonstrated computer skills necessary for this position (email, spreadsheets, use of Beacon ordering system, use of Romeo etc.). Previous experience with computerized medical records is required with preference to applicants who have experience with RX and Smartflow
  • Creative and forward-thinking individual with a dedication to excellence in teaching (development of models, organization of teaching materials)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with students and a variety of faculty members
  • Skilled in the techniques being taught to students so they can help guide students and provide help and support to them


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.