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Technical Rescue Branch Director


Act as the team leader for the Animal Technical Rescue branch of the UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service. This service provides emergency response and training for animal technical rescue throughout the state of Florida and employs technically trained personnel to provide response and instruction.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Directs logistics and planning of animal technical rescue team needs, including supply and equipment replacement and inventory, team travel to training and response locations, and team member training and certification. This individual also directs fundraising and grant writing to fund program needs
  • Directs technical rescue training program, including curriculum development and modification, instructor training and development, course scheduling and planning, and promotion of courses. Employee maintains certifications of students in the course and coordinates continuing education credit dispersal from the Florida State Fire College.
  • Directs local, state, and national public and private relationships to develop the UF VETS Animal Technical Rescue program. This individual networks with other professionals involved in animal technical rescue and other related industries and participates in conferences and community events.
  • Coordinates with local emergency response organizations to provide animal technical rescue response capabilities, including development of SOGs, mutual aid agreements, etc.
  • Serves on committees for state and regional organizations related to animal technical rescue, including the Florida State Agricultural Response Team and National Fire Protection Association. This position maintains the College’s leadership in state-level responses to animal emergencies as well as the development of national standards for safety related to technical rescue.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience.

Licensure and Certification

Large Animal Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician


This position does have supervisory responsibility.

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