Hospital Veterinary Technician

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Position Title: Hospital Veterinary Technician
Department: Animal Health
Position Status: Full-time, Hourly

Purpose:

Under the direction of the Director of Animal Health, supervision of the Head Veterinary Technician, and in coordination with the Animal Health team, assists in the day to day operations of the Animal Health Department; implements clinical, preventative, quarantine, and post-mortem protocols; provides medical care for the entire zoological collection; and assists with the daily medical and husbandry care for quarantine and hospitalized animals at a level exceeding USDA standards, as required.

Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Support veterinarians in completing daily schedule of examinations and treatments and assist with anesthetic and surgical procedures.
  • Regularly use equipment such as digital radiograph machine, doppler, pulse oximeter, EKG, endoscopy, Tonopen, automated pill counter, Abaxis chem analyzer, iStat machine, etc.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses, including manual hematology of mammalian, avian, reptilian, and elasmobranch species, chemistry, serology, cytology, parasitology, etc., and sample processing for reference laboratories, research projects, and storage.
  • Perform emergency triage and treatment of animals under remote guidance of veterinarian, when necessary.
  • Fill prescriptions for zoo collection and administer medications and other treatments to hospital patients and quarantine animals, as required.
  • Competently use remote drug delivery equipment for routine treatments as well as emergency immobilizations.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and surgical equipment using gas and steam methods.
  • Complete inventories of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Maintain clinical records, including hospital and quarantine patient logs, and enter data into ZIMS program.
  • Communicate within and between Animal Health and other zoo departments to achieve best practices for animals in Zoo, Hospital, and quarantine.
  • Administer hospital disinfection and pest control measures.
  • Comply with feral wildlife protocol.
  • Supervise undergraduate internship program and instruct veterinary externs and technician interns, as required.
  • Lead hospital tours for a wide variety of visiting individuals and groups.
  • Monitor and conduct the medical and husbandry care of quarantine animals and ICU patients, as required, following all applicable protocols including health monitoring, sanitation, and safety procedures when dealing with dangerous and/or venomous animals. Complete case histories, develop housing and enrichment plans, and coordinate incoming and outgoing transfers of animals from hospital/quarantine.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned and directed.

Responsibilities/Duties:

  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh.
  3. Relationships with Others:  The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of the Zoological Society of Pittsburgh.  Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can.
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology and graduation from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program.
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician in good standing, currently registered through state and national boards, and licensure in the state of Pennsylvania within first 3 months of hire.
  • Minimum 2 years of veterinary technician experience in a clinical setting, with experience with zoo/exotic/aquatic species preferred.
  • Must obtain rabies vaccination and maintain titer; must provide proof of negative TB test within the last year.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, holidays and on-call as needed.
  • PA driver’s license within 3 months of hire (must be maintained).
  • Thorough understanding of contagious and zoonotic disease transmission and quarantine procedures.
  • Working knowledge of proper animal restraint methods during procedures and treatments.
  • Working knowledge of digital imaging equipment, laparoscope, endoscope, electrocautery, gas and steam sterilizers, laboratory equipment (microscopes, centrifuge, blood analyzer), remote drug delivery equipment, etc.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); ZIMS experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Manual dexterity is required to operate machinery, restraint devices, personal computer, fax machine, copier, etc.  Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work involves standing, walking, bending, reaching, crawling, crouching, etc. for periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of fifty to seventy pounds. Position may require occasional off-site driving.  Must be able to work in various weather conditions, as well as weekends, evenings, and holidays as required.


Submit resume and cover letter:

Zoological Society of Pittsburgh
Human Resources Department
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
EOE
Or email HR@pittsburghzoo.org