WildCare provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. WildCare, the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the U.S., is currently offering a full-time position for a wildlife veterinary technician. The veterinary technician has responsibilities in all aspects of medical care for over 7,500 of Oklahoma’s injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. Over 130 species are brought to WildCare annually comprising mostly bird and mammal species, with some reptiles and amphibians represented.
The registered veterinary technician is a member of the WildCare veterinary team, reporting directly to the wildlife veterinarian. The veterinary technician is responsible for the daily medical care of wildlife patients, including critical care, anesthesia, examinations, wound care, physical therapy, necropsies, feeding plans, and species-specific husbandry, among other responsibilities. The veterinary technician must be willing to patiently teach and direct staff, fellows, interns, volunteers, and possibly students. The veterinary technician will be part of a growing medical team at WildCare.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Animal Care Manager will 1) efficiently and effectively assist in the medical care of wildlife patients including surgery, physical therapy, and other supportive or rehabilitative care needed 2) perform euthanasia when deemed the best course of action for a specific wildlife patient 3) enthusiastically and effectively train staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers as directed by the wildlife veterinarian 4) ensure the wildlife hospital has the supplies and medications needed to efficiently and effectively carry out the work on a daily basis 5) collect and process samples needed for a wide range of diagnostic tests performed at WildCare or shipped to other facilities for analysis 6) identify and suggest ways to improve both medical and rehabilitative care of patients as part of the broader WildCare team. These duties ensure the highest standard of care is provided to our wild animal patients.
• Provide medical and rehabilitative care to wildlife patients as assigned by the wildlife veterinarian.
• Train, supervise, and encourage staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers on providing appropriate medical care to wildlife patients in coordination with the medical team at WildCare.
• Manage inventory of medical equipment, supplies, and medication in coordination with the medical team at WildCare.
• Recommend, write, and adhere to animal care policies, procedures, and protocols.
• Participate as a full member of the staff, which may include answering phones, conducting intakes, doing laundry, cleaning the center when needed, and attending staff meetings and training.
• Work directly with the wildlife veterinarian to monitor and aid in animal health and safety, with the end goal of release to wild.
• Conduct examination and triage of wild animal patients daily. Will need to work confidently and appropriately in stressful emergency situations.
• Perform daily activities to assist the veterinary and rehabilitation staff. These duties include physical examinations, emergency, and critical care treatment, administering medications, restraint and handling of animals, routine collection and analysis of diagnostic samples or preparing samples for shipment to outside laboratories, radiographic positioning and imaging, and providing appropriate hydration and nutrition via tube feedings, catheters, subcutaneous injections, among others.
• Assist with veterinary procedures, including daily performance of anesthesia, surgical assistance, radiographs, phlebotomy/blood draws, physical examinations, and ultrasound, among others.
• Perform appropriate and respectful euthanasia on wide variety of species.
• Perform hospital maintenance and cleaning. Maintain appropriate organization and cleanliness of all areas, with emphasis on clinic space.
• Maintain, organize, and purchase veterinary supplies including pharmaceuticals, wound care materials, laboratory supplies, and critical care supplies. Maintain equipment including diagnostic and anesthesia machines, as well as oxygen supply.
• Maintain and sterilize surgical packs and instruments.
• Maintain complete and accurate patient records in WRMD, an online database.
• Perform automated and manual laboratory tests, including hematology, parasitology, and cytology.
• Assist in the creation and compliance of protocols and procedures.
• Ensure adherence to local laws and safety rules.
• Assist in research project data collection.
• Perform daily interactions via face-to-face, phone, or email with the public and colleagues at other centers including rehabilitators and veterinary staff.
• Adhere to appropriate social distancing and other guidelines such as facemasks during pandemic.
• Train colleagues, including other staff, fellows, interns, volunteers, and possibly students.
• Provide daily care for animals while in the hospital, nursery, and/or quarantine when animal care staff/rehabilitation staff are unavailable, including feeding, cleaning, and observing health status.
• Remain current on veterinary medicine as required for maintaining licensure, but also to ensure we are providing the highest-level care possible for patients.
• Participate in and where appropriate complete continuing education, including reading appropriate literature, attending conferences, and communication with the rehabilitation and veterinary community.
• Other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor.
● Attendance and Dependability - Consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
● Customer Service - Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
● Diversity - Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
● Ethics - Tells truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
● Teamwork - Listens and responds constructively to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Helps others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others' effort and contribution. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
Essential Functions, Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The majority of WildCare’s facilities are outdoors. Therefore, candidates for this job must be able to:
• Work indoors and outside in all seasons and in all kinds of weather conditions.
• Will participate in team lifting of animals, weighing up to 300 pounds. Must be able to lift/carry up to 50 pounds on own.
• Walk on uneven, natural terrain.
• Must be able to safely restrain dangerous animals.
• Must be able to walk, stand, kneel, and crouch.
• This position relays heavily on all senses every day to evaluate patients.
• Vision, hearing, and hand-eye coordination are essential for examining and working with wildlife species.
• Potential exposure to isoflurane, x-rays, hazardous chemicals, zoonotic and other contagious diseases, and medical drugs.
• There will be computer work.
● Registered Veterinary Technician degree from accredited organization, with a minimum of two years of experience as a licensed technician or rehabilitator in the care and treatment of animals. Ability to become registered in the state of Oklahoma within 6 months of hiring, both through the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the State Veterinary Technician Exam (SVTE).
● Pre-exposure rabies vaccination.
● Perform common veterinary diagnostics including radiology, fecal examinations, phlebotomy, blood chemistry, and hematology, among others. Ability to maintain equipment at functional level or contact appropriate maintenance.
● Triage and initiate appropriate treatments.
● Flexibility to work varying schedules including work on weekends when needed.
● Previous experience with exotic pets, wildlife species, or zoo animals preferred.
● Safe animal handling skills required, with wildlife handling knowledge preferred.
● Experience and knowledge in the natural history and behavior of native wildlife species is preferred.