Duties and Responsibilities
• Provides comprehensive medical and surgical care to all CEGR animals. Responds and addresses all animal health concerns in a timely manner.
• Provides emergency on-call coverage for the animal collection seven days per week via phone and/or on-site visits or delegates coverage to assigned on-call veterinarian(s).
• Performs gross necropsies and interprets histopathological results and relays these results to Animal Welfare staff. Reviews all mortalities and collaborates with Animal Welfare staff to prevent future mortalities.
• Conducts all in-house laboratory analysis including chemistry, cytology, fecal analysis, hematology, urinalysis, and proper sample handling and processing for outside laboratories and research collaborations.
• Maintains medical records for all collection animals using Animal Care Software. Creates and maintains medical record including entry of all diagnostic sample results, anesthesia records, gross necropsy records, histopathology reports, veterinary specialist consult reports, and keeper communication.
• Maintains medical supply and drug inventory, controlled drug logs, and appropriate disposal of expired drugs and supplies.
• Reviews and participates fully in emergency response preparedness including animal escape, venomous bite response, fire, and weather emergencies.
• Coordinates all veterinary specialist consultations, emergency care, medical treatments, on-site medications and supplies, and veterinary clinic equipment maintenance.
• Advises the Executive Director on animal quality of life/end of life decisions.
• Other duties as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
• Ability to restrain animals to lift and/or exert up to 50 pounds of force.
• The candidate will be subject to outdoor environmental conditions such as wind and humidity; occasionally work may take place in narrow areas.
• Professional respect, empathy and kindness toward coworkers, managers, and subordinates.
• Friendly and outgoing personality with a willingness to guide, teach and learn from others.
• Understanding that this is a non-traditional, full-time position requiring a flexible, non-traditional schedule and commitment.
• Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and embrace flexibility.
• Critical thinker who can offer recommendations and creative solutions.
• Willingness to do what is needed in the moment to benefit the animals and organization. (Regardless if this falls under job description)
• Must be results-oriented, self-reflective and take responsibility for actions.
• Reliable transportation to our rural location in all four seasons is required. Possession of a valid driver license.
• Ability to lift up to 60 pounds and bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
• Ability to operate vehicles such as trucks, vans, and utility vehicles
The Veterinary Technician is responsible for the comprehensive medical and surgical care of CEGR residents to ensure compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) current standards and guidelines.
The Vet Tech ensures that the CEGR’s medical program emphasizes preventative disease control measures. This includes a preventative medicine program, annual examination schedule, quarantine protocol, pre-shipment requirements, disease surveillance, pathology, disinfection of animal enclosures and equipment, and controlled drug protocols.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a DEA controlled substance registration certificate within 3 months of hire.
• Minimum of 1 year of professional experience practicing veterinary medicine with zoological, exotic, companion animal, and/or wildlife species.
• Demonstrated experience in captive management and health monitoring of zoological species.
• Thorough knowledge of approved animal husbandry techniques.
• Training in chemical immobilization technique is preferred.
• Leadership skills; previous experience supervising/mentoring staff, volunteers and/or interns.
• Above average ability to organize, manage time, and set priorities while meeting deadlines.
• Effective problem analysis and resolution skills; ability shift priorities to meet needs.
• Superior verbal and written communication skills.
• Computer knowledge and Microsoft Office skills.
• Must be able to remain calm, make sound decisions and provide clear direction in crisis situations.
• Knowledge of, and ability to discern the early signs and symptoms of common diseases and disorders of the various species under your care.
• Knowledge of normal weight ranges of various species, and ability to calculate accurate dosages based on IU, ug, mg etc. per lb or kg.