Responsible for providing technical and medical assistance in the care and treatment of all animals maintained by the GSTC under the general supervision of the Rehabilitation Program Manager.
Responsible for husbandry and care of a wide variety of wild birds and reptiles in a rehabilitation setting, as well as the medical, surgical, and rehabilitation procedures and tasks.
Creates weekly treatment schedule to ensure all animals in care are evaluated by the attending veterinarian.
Manages the daily flow and prioritizes treatments, examinations, and procedures to maximize resources.
Operates diagnostic equipment (endoscopy, radiology, clinical pathology, parasitology, etc.), assists in surgical procedures, and has familiarity with protocols for handling scheduled narcotics and controlled substances; performs data entry of medical records in electronic record-keeping systems, including ZIMS. Additionally, ensures that all GSTC animal medical records are maintained in accordance with Georgia State Veterinary Medical Association rules and guidelines.
Develops and maintains maintenance logs for all hospital equipment.
Develops and implements training for the operation and maintenance of all hospital equipment.
Assist the attending veterinarian in anesthesia, surgery, and medical care of the animals.
Maintains medical equipment and supplies in clean, orderly, and working condition.
Orders, stocks, and organizes pharmacy inventory, monitors outdated and recalled drugs, and manages donations of equipment and supplies when necessary.
Develops teaching itineraries for veterinary externs, interns, and volunteers about rehabilitation/caretaking protocols in the hospital.
Assists with supervising and coordinating hospital volunteers and interns under the direction of the Rehabilitation Program Manager.
Duties include feeding and caring for all animals under the GSTC’s care, medicating animals and maintaining quarantine protocols as directed, cleaning and maintaining exhibits, tanks, life support systems, and husbandry record keeping.
Maintains hospital cleanliness, including such duties as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and disinfecting equipment and lab areas. Disposes of garbage and sterilizes containers and instruments.
When appropriate, enthusiastically participates in public outreach and educational programming, including special tours, public and private education programs, and daily visitor interactions/educational interpretation.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Rehabilitation Program Manager.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in a related field (environmental biology, veterinary technical care, conservation, education, etc.) is preferred.
A Veterinary Technician degree from an accredited institution (e.g., CVT, LVT) and national veterinary technician certification or license is required.
IWRC’s Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) preferred or must obtain two years from hire. Must maintain continuing education units (CEUs) biennially to maintain certification.
Requires a minimum of four years of experience working with exotic animals; prefers work experience in the zoo, aquarium, or rehabilitation field.
Must be a skilled and effective communicator committed to advancing sea turtle and wildlife conservation through rehabilitation, research, and education.
Direct experience in wild animal rescue, rehabilitation, veterinary technical expertise, research, and public education preferred.
Experience working with sea turtles preferred.
Desired lab skills include manual CBC on reptiles, use of Heska E-POC analyzer, iSTAT, centrifuge, and refractometers.
Skilled, knowledgeable, and up-to-date on the use of medical equipment, including digital radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia machine, doppler, cold laser therapy, V.A.C therapy, and fluid administration.
Work hours may include evenings and weekends for emergency care.
Ability to work under pressure in emergencies.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, and overtime, and be on-call for emergencies.
Performs “on-call” duties for rescue response, essential medical treatments, and animal health emergencies when necessary.
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