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Animal Caretaker – part time no benefits

Des Moines University is currently accepting applications for an Animal Caretaker who will be responsible for the general care of animals in the animal care facility on weekends, holidays and during the absence of Animal Caretaker II.

Founded in 1898 in Iowa’s capital city, DMU is a graduate medicine and health sciences university comprising three colleges – College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and College of Health Sciences – that offer eight graduate degree programs. DMU combines the top advantages in medical education available today: an expert faculty, a rigorous and relevant curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, a dynamic and diverse research environment, and a supportive, inclusive community of students and faculty active in learning and service. By consistently producing outstanding graduates who excel in their careers, DMU maintains one of the strongest reputations in the sphere of American medical education.

Qualifications include:

  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • Experience in animal care.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written and oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Must have the ability or be able to learn the operation of the following equipment: autoclave, University vehicle, water distilling equipment, bottle washer, clothes washer and dryer, incinerator, computer, pressurized hose, calculator
  • Must enjoy working with all species of animals.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

For complete job description, benefit summary, or to apply visit www.dmu.edu/employment.Please submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references at time of online submission.Application submission deadline is 04/05/2019.

Des Moines University is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”). Applications from candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


We are a growing one doctor practice located on the southwest side of Ankeny looking for the newest member of our technician team. The perfect candidate has a love of people, values the health of pets, enjoys engaging with people and their pets. You must possess a solid knowledge of veterinary technician and general office skills including: restraint, surgical and anesthesia protocols, ability to lift animals, laboratory, dental care, radiographs, pharmacy, client education, answering phones, utilizing veterinary software and medical records.
You must be flexible, detail oriented, and a self starter. Please send resume and cover letter to:rauser@ankenyhealingpaws.com

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