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Cameron Park Zoological Society Openings

Veterinary Technician — Full-time Position

Primary Duty

Under basic supervision, assists the Zoo Veterinarian to manage the health and welfare of exotic and native animals in the Cameron Park Zoo.

Essential Functions

  • Assists the veterinarian in rounds, animal procedures, treatments, filling of prescriptions, necropsies, and maintaining the veterinary clinic in a well-functioning manner.
  • Manages the daily care and nutrition of assigned animals; resolves problems within scope of authority.
  • Performs collection, processing, preparation for shipment and evaluation of clinical laboratory samples, including blood, fecal, and urine; provide accurate and timely reports.
  • Observes the behavior and condition of animals in Clinic; provides nursing care and first aid to recovering and injured animals; identifies animal health care issues and works with Veterinarian to implement health care maintenance  and  treatment  plans;  monitors  animal  health  issues,  behavior  and  eating  habits; maintains records and updates database.
  • Assists with public education and community outreach programs.
  • Supports the relationship between the Zoological Society, City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work- related issues and Cameron Park Zoo information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Required to respond after hours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City wide emergency.
  • Driving is essential.
  • Routinely inspects expiration dates of medications and supplies to ensure that they are used prior to expiration or discarded after expiration.
  • Maintains the veterinary clinic, equipment, and all veterinary storage areas, including walk-in freezers and refrigerators, in a clean, organized fashion consistent with industry, DEA, TBVME, Texas DSHS, USDA, and AZA standards, ensuring that the veterinary department is kept up with regulations and to inspection standards at all times.
  • Communicates with the Veterinarian, Animal Care Supervisors, Curators and Director, to address animal health-related issues.

Education and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience:

  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Zoology, Biological Sciences, or related field is required AND two years of animal care work experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license is required.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) certification is required within one year of hire

Knowledge and Skills

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of City and Zoological Society policies, standards, operations, cleaning, and maintenance techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal codes and regulations governing zoological facilities operations including DEA, TBVME, Texas DSHS, USDA regulations and guidelines, and AZA standards.
  • Principles and practices of file and records management and documentation procedures.
  • Regional public health protocols, communicable disease issues and reporting standards.
  • Safety rules and regulations, occupational hazards and safety precautions in zoological facilities.
  • Veterinary medicine terminology, anatomy, physiology and concepts of zoonotic diseases.
  • Examining animals, evaluating problems and developing action plans based on observations.
  • Managing animal containment and life support protocols and procedures.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
  • Assisting in veterinary services including diagnostic testing, inventory management and filling prescriptions.
  • Following all safety protocols and understanding the veterinary department’s role in emergency procedures.
  • Operating and anesthesia machines and anesthetic monitoring equipment.
  • Obtaining and processing radiographic films.
  • Participating in zoo wide operant conditioning efforts
  • Ability to arrive to work on time and maintain a positive attendance record.
  • Ability to work a highly flexible schedule—weekend, evening, holiday, and irregular hours will be required.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Excellent ability to think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make sound business decisions.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to stand and sit for periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Good speaking and listening skills.
  • Ability to perform focused work with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines, and phones.
  • Good dexterity.
  • Ability to safely handle sharps and operate medical equipment.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; the environment may include wet, icy, or muddy conditions.
  • Ability to interact with others, both in person and through phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.
  • This position may include exposure to hazardous materials, fumes/odors, dirt, and dust.
  • Heavy work. Exerting in excess of 75 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Required to physically work with wild animals.

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