Chimpanzee Veterinary Technician I

Organization: Chimp Haven
Location: Keithville, LA, us
Job or Internship: Job

Position Opened:  3/1/13                                       Closed:  When filled

Job Classification

Title Class: Veterinary Technician I

Descriptive Title:  Veterinary Technician I, Veterinary Technician

Shift:  Normally days, including weekends.  Night work may be required.

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Provide medical care for chimpanzees.  Most duties performed under general supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist veterinarian with physical exams, treatments and procedures, including the collection of samples for testing. 
  • May assist during surgery. 
  • Autoclave surgical instruments. 
  • Maintain cleanliness of vet clinics 
  • Observe chimpanzees for detection of symptoms associated with disease. 
  • Dispense medication to chimpanzees under direction of veterinarian. 
  • Order and stock veterinary supplies. 
  • Record observations and may maintain chimpanzee medical records. 
  • Maintain medical equipment. 
  • May sedate and recover chimpanzees. 
  • Coordinate laboratory tests. 
  • Work with behavioral staff to train chimpanzees to cooperate during medical procedures. 
  • Assist behavioral or husbandry staff as required, including participation in colony management decisions. 
  • Perform related duties as required. 

Supervision and Responsibility

  • Works under general supervision.
  • Does not supervise anyone.
  • Performs tasks as assigned.
  • Relies on pre-established guidelines. 

Education and Experience Required

  • Associates degree or Veterinary Technical degree required
  • Four years veterinary technician experience required. 
  • One year experience working with nonhuman primates required.
  • A bachelor’s degree in related area and two years experience as a veterinary technician can be substituted for the above education/experience requirement.
  • Skills in voluntary injections and darting and experience with general anesthesia and sedations preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions

  • Flexibility and a positive attitude a must.
  • Experience with Excel beneficial.
  • This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing. 
  • Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances.  Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75 lbs.).
  • Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards. 
  • Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions. 
  • Potential exists for animal bites and scratches. 
  • Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).
  • Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.
  • Participation in a medical  monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.
  • Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

 Send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to:  or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600. Chimp Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer.