Certified Veterinarian Technician - Part Time (20 hours)

Organization: Akron Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Akron, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Summary: This position is responsible for providing technical and medical assistance in the care and treatment of all zoo specimens both in the collection and in quarantine, under the supervision of the veterinarian.

Qualifications: Candidate must be a certified or licensed veterinary technician; preference will be given to applicants with experience in a zoo or aquarium setting.

Position Description: Assists the veterinarian in medical/surgical procedures. Provides technical and supportive care of in-house patients and quarantine animals, and closely follows-up and monitors ongoing outpatient cases. Assists with neonatal care and hand rearing as necessary. Administers medications, prescriptions and therapies as instructed by the veterinarian. Monitors physiological parameters in anesthesia cases. Cleans and maintains anesthesia equipment. Cleans, wraps, sterilizes and stocks surgical instruments and equipment; maintains radiographic equipment. Assists during necropsies with sample collection, record keeping, tissue preparation and sample shipment. Provides routine clinical pathology analysis including: hematology, serum chemistries, cytology, microbiology and fecal parasite program. Maintains clinical pathology laboratory in a clean, orderly and professional manner. Maintains inventory of medical and lab supplies, checks for outdated medications, keeps pharmacy neat and orderly; also maintains inventory and record keeping for controlled drugs. Stocks lab supplies and maintains quality control standards in conjunction with keeping lab equipment in calibrated working order. Maintains tissue/serum bank and records. Organizes and packages biological sample shipments to outside laboratories and investigators. Maintains files of all current outside laboratories and tests available. Maintains familiarity with and assists in the implementation of safety requirements such as OSHA and biomedical waste disposal. Maintains clinical working areas, in-house and quarantine animal holding facilities in a clean and professional manner.

Skills needed: Must be able to communicate effectively both in verbal and written format. Must be able to adapt to frequently changing conditions and various job details. Must be self-motivated, able to work independently under minimal supervision. Must have the ability to function as a team player with good interpersonal skills with co-workers and the public. Familiarity with med-arks is a significant plus.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to work in weather conditions typical to the Midwest Ohio region. Must be able to lift minimum of 50lbs. Must possess visual acuity appropriate for animal care and general safety practices and ability to traverse zoo grounds on foot or in zoo vehicle. Must be able to work at least one weekend day and some holidays. Schedule is preferable Sun and Mon 8am-1pm and two other weekdays 8-1 with some flexibility possible.

The Akron Zoo is a Drug-Free Workplace and an EOE.

This is a part-time position with pro-rata paid vacation, sick, and holiday benefits. To apply for this position, please send or email resume and cover letter, with salary history and requirements to: HR Director, Akron Zoological Park, 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44307; email kmthomas@akronzoo.org.