Veterinary Technician(50)




Organization: Lincoln Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Provide technical assistance to the veterinary department.

• Under general supervision, assists veterinarians in the medical care of the animal collection including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

• Assists with coordination of the activities of veterinary and veterinary technician students, volunteers, and other individuals as directed by zoo veterinarians.

• Operates the diagnostic laboratory.

• Assists in veterinary and animal emergencies.

• Organizes and maintains pharmacy including rotating inventory, removing expired products, and ordering pharmaceuticals and supplies, under the direction of veterinarians.

• Dispenses and administers medications and vaccinations as prescribed by veterinarians.

• Administers anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian, monitors said animals under general anesthesia, and assists in surgery.

• Prepares biological specimens for shipment.

• Maintains accurate records, including computer entry for medical records.

• Operates and maintains radiographic equipment.

• Supervises and performs cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of surgical instruments, equipment, and hospital and operating areas.

• Assists in any special maintenance project as required.

• Assists in maintenance of zoo hospital in a clean and orderly condition.

• Performs other related duties required by veterinarians to maintain and operate the hospital safely and efficiently.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

• Assist in educational and/or research programs as requested.

• Assist in preparation and presentation of training programs for zoo volunteers, new employees, and staff as requested.

• Conduct tours for visitors and volunteers as requested.

• Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

• Must obtain valid State of Illinois registration as a veterinary technician within six months of employment and maintain this license with respect to CE and ethics.

• Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor.

• Knowledge of computer programs of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet database access.

• Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, our visitors, and the general public.

• Must demonstrate knowledge of occupational hazards involved and the safe work practices to employ while in proximity of potentially dangerous animals or substances.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

• Completion of an accredited veterinary technician program.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

• Preference will be given to those with at least one year of veterinary technician experience, preferably with exotic animals.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

• The employee is regularly required to stand, walk , stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 lbs. The employee will be exposed frequently to outside, potentially adverse, weather conditions. The employee will be regularly exposed to water, chemicals, and potentially loud noises.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

• Must be able to work after hours, weekends, holidays, and evenings as required and for zoo special events.

• Must be able to work any of the seven days of the week.

• Possession of and able to maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license with good driving record.