Job Title: Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Care
Grade Level: 6
Level of Authority:
Reports to: Veterinarians
Supervises: Volunteers, students
The Living Desert (TLD) is seeking a qualified candidate to join the Veterinary Care and Animal Care Teams as a Veterinary Technician. This is a full-time position which assists in the administration of the zoo’s animal health program and Native Wildlife Conservation Program (NWCP). The full-time technician will work closely with the Veterinary Team consisting of two full-time veterinarians, one part-time veterinary technician, and two hospital keepers. The successful candidate will support TLD in our mission of, “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation,” and will help TLD achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.
The Veterinary Care Team:
- Practices high quality medicine and maintains exceptional professional standards.
- Has great enthusiasm for the professions of zoological medicine and wildlife rehabilitation.
- Adheres to the highest animal welfare standards and works as a team.
- Performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that will move TLD into the future.
- Delivers uncompromising excellence in animal care, welfare and guest engagement
- Facilitates and assists with medical and surgical procedures, anesthesia and diagnostic imaging
- Performs laboratory analyses and sample processing
- Maintains hospital and hospital equipment in clean and working repair
- Maintains hospital inventory, including controlled drugs
- Provides nursing care for patients, including patient observations; communicates daily with veterinarians regarding animals under care
- Helps maintain and implement preventive medicine schedules
- Maintains timely and accurate medical records in ZIMS and other record systems
- Works with Animal Care staff to implement operant conditioning for veterinary procedures
- Evaluates and triages wildlife for admittance to the NWCP facility
- Provides husbandry and veterinary care to wildlife in the NWCP facility
- Provides mentorship and feedback to veterinary and veterinary technician students
- Provides assistance to other departments as needed
- Other related responsibilities as necessary to accomplish department objectives
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- General knowledge of zoo animal and wildlife husbandry
- Ability to handle and restrain a variety of animals, including wildlife in rehabilitation
- Excellent observational skills, active listening and strong organizational skills
- Knowledge of contemporary practice standards of zoo veterinary care particularly as established by the AAZV and as practiced in AZA accredited institutions
- Knowledge of zoonotic disease that may affect the collection animals, personnel and guests
- Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals and exercise sound judgement in emergency situations
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written, and maintain open communications with both the Veterinary Care and Animal Care Teams
- Able to interact with guests courteously and effectively while representing TLD at the highest standard of professionalism
- Graduation from an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary technology.
- Bachelor’s, AA or AS degree in Zoology, Biology, Animal Science or other related degree preferred. (Will substitute training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities. Generally, one year of paid full-time animal husbandry experience substitutes for one year of college level work.)
- Minimum of 2 years of experience as a veterinary technician; 1-2 years of experience with exotic and/or zoo animals is preferred
- Must be a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of California, or obtain CA licensure within 6 months of hire.
- Prefer exotic or zoo animal experience but will substitute experience with domestic animal practice that provides the required knowledge, skill and abilities.
- Must obtain a valid California driver’s license within 3 months of hire.
- Must be insurable on The Living Desert’s automobile policy.
PC computer, general office equipment, radio, vehicles, medical equipment, standard capture equipment, small hand-held power tools.
Physical Position Description:
Essential Physical Tasks: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting (up to 50lbs).
Typical Working Conditions: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Works with potentially dangerous animals (carnivores, venomous animals) and potential for zoonotic disease exposure.
Holiday Work: Holiday, evening and weekend work required. Available on an as needed basis for emergencies.
Travel: Occasional off-site travel to release rehabilitated animals. Continuing education conferences and workshops, as required to maintain licensing.
How to Apply: Qualified applicants should send resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Staff Veterinarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2019.
This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.