Veterinary Clinical and Research Technician Apprenticeship

Organization: The Wilds (AZA Member)
Location: Cumberland, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Apprenticeship positions are available in the veterinary technician program. Below is a summary of the position:

• The veterinary technician apprenticeship will focus on assisting the Wilds’ conservation medicine program with regular clinical duties and various research projects.

• Schedule:March 4th - August 29th, 2014. Five days per week. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

• Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team.

• Typical tasks: Clinical components include: Fecal analysis, blood storage and maintaining sample logs, preparing for clinical procedures and cleaning up after those procedures, maintaining the clinic and equipment, preparing and dispensing medications, record keeping, patient monitoring. Research components may include: Assisting with sample collection in the field, processing samples, maintaining data sheets, writing protocols.

• Skills training: Venipuncture, anesthesia (intubation & patient monitoring), fecal analysis, MedArks zoological record keeping system, ear tagging, transponder placement, remote drug administration (darting & pole syringe), techniques and guidelines for working safely around wild animals.

• The position may be physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in a variety of temperatures and sometimes challenging conditions.

• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.

• Applicants must be currently enrolled of have diplomas from an AVMA approved veterinary technology program.

Apprentices do not receive monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career in zoo or wildlife veterinary care or management. Opportunities for school credit are available. On-site housing is available for $250/month.

To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All apprenticeships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials to:

Joe Greathouse

Director of Conservation Science

The Wilds

14000 International Road

Cumberland, OH 43732

740-638-5030 ext. 2301