Veterinary Technician I

Organization: Knoxville Zoological Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Knoxville, TN, Country
Job or Internship: Job

TITLE: Veterinary Technician I Animal Health Department

REPORTS TO: Curator of Animal Health



Under the supervision of the Curator of Animal Health, and the Assistant Curator or Lead Veterinary Technician, the individual in this position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks involving the overall operation of the animal hospital and quarantine areas at the Knoxville Zoological Gardens.


Skills and duties required of this position include but are not limited to the following:


• Experienced with maintaining anesthetic and surgical equipment, including surgical packs, sterilization, surgery set-ups, and assisting as a scrub nurse.

• Test collections: setup, perform, and break down test procedures, including blood work, radiographs, cytology, & cultures. Process samples, maintain lab logs, and perform basic microscopy.

• Clinical support, assisting in laboratory protocols and analyses, and diagnostics and medical treatments.

• Assessing animal physical and nutritional requirements.

• Filling prescriptions according to established pharmacy protocols.

• Administers prescribed medication and performs hospitalized animal treatments.

• Assist with the preparation of medications and treatments for animals under veterinary care.

• Day-to-day housekeeping duties, including routine cleaning and maintenance of radiology and treatment room, kitchen/pharmacy, hospital office, hospital storage areas and areas immediately outside of hospital; and also the proper cleaning and storage of

restraint equipment and medical equipment and supplies.

• Equipment and inventory maintenance.

• Maintain medical records according to protocols, including treatment sheets, ICU sheets, weight logs, diet, and husbandry forms.

• Completing and upkeep of medical records; experience with MedARKS, ARKS, and ZIMS databases a plus.

• Experience with capture and restraint techniques.

• Advanced organizational skills, communication and computer skills.


• Provide care to newly acquired animals in quarantine.

• Cleans animal quarantine holding, conducts pest control activities and reports any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal or the hospital staff.

• Prepares food for each assigned animal by following written diet instructions, feeds each animal as diet requires, provides water and administers medicines as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health.

• Provides species-appropriate enrichment opportunities for the animals by adding or rearranging objects and providing a variety of approved foods in a natural setting.

• Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers.

• Maintains appropriate health and behavior records on assigned animals.

• Participates in and supports animal training programs.

• Adheres to all organization and department policies and practices.


• Graduation from and accredited 2 year/4 year veterinary technician program.

• Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT) in Tennessee, equivalent license (CVT, RVT, LVT) or ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire.

• Minimum of two years’ experience as a veterinary technician

• Minimum of one year experience working in a zoo, wildlife center, or with exotic animals; advanced experience with exotic animal species as a veterinary technician, including mammals, large mammals, birds, and reptiles is preferred.

• Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

• Willingness to work outside normal business hours, including weekends and holidays.

• Knowledge of the habits and hazards of working with wild animals; willingness to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety precautions.

• Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and document animal care activities.

• Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees and zoo guests.

• Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Excellent team-building and leadership skills.


• Ability to traverse zoo grounds.

• Able to bend and twist, lift, stand, kneel, sit, walk, bend, stoop, crawl, hear, and speak regularly and for long periods of time (10 hour shifts or longer).

• Ability to lift in excess of 50 pounds; frequently move moderate to heavy objects; standing, bending, squatting, twisting, reaching, etc.; may work from elevated positions.

• Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.

• Ability to work in small confined spaces.

• Ability to work in all weather conditions.

• Ability to wear requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may include rubber/latex gloves, steel-toed boots/shoes, face shields, eye goggles, etc.

• Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases.

• Risk exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.

• Rabies vaccinated is preferred.

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