Veterinary Technician(57)




Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Job or Internship: Job

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Collect, or assist with collection of, biological samples from husbandry collection and rehabilitation animals.

• Process all samples for evaluation by the Veterinarian or submission to outside laboratories.

• Enter lab results in records for review by Veterinarian.

• Assist Veterinarian with rounds.

• Enter information into TRACKS.

• Make and develop x-rays. Maintain x-ray permits and monitoring systems.

• Assist with surgical procedures and monitoring of patients during anesthetic procedures.

• Maintain Husbandry collection hospital: all cleaning and organizing of equipment and facility.

• Adhere to all OSHA regulations.

• Maintain biohazardous waste disposal program

• Develop treatment plans according to Veterinarian’s directions.

• Administer, or dispense to Husbandry staff for administration, medications according to the Veterinarian’s prescriptions.

• Assist with the care and treatment of any animals in quarantine.

• Assist with the medical care and treatment of animals in rehabilitation.

• Assist Veterinarian with necropsies.

• Ensure medical equipment is properly maintained, cleaned and stored after each use.

• Correspond and coordinate with contract veterinarians regarding animal care, medical procedures and rehabilitation.

• Maintain schedule for collection animals’ health assessments and treatment plans.

• Purchase medical equipment and supplies.

• Inventory medical drugs and ensure that all drugs are kept within DEA and USDA/APHIS regulations.

• Assist with marine mammal rehabilitation, acting as primary person responsible for ensuring that procedures are followed for safety, water quality, medical diagnostic and treatment procedures, and diets.

• Manage administrative, clerical, and record-keeping aspects of wildlife rehabilitation department, along with special projects, as they arise.

• Comply with safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.

• Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills.

• Provide exceptional guest service.

• Adhere to all governmental/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.

• Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual.

• Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Animal Husbandry Manual.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES REQUIRED:

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.

• Ability to write information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

• Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.

• Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

• Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to collect biological samples from a wide variety of exotic species.

• Ability to work with medical diagnostic equipment.

• Ability to assist in surgical procedures.

• Knowledge of a wide variety of exotic mammals, birds, fish and reptile husbandry in a Zoo or Aquarium setting.

• Knowledge of a variety of medications for exotics.

• Knowledge of medical procedures and rehabilitation of birds, sea turtles and marine mammals.

• Knowledge of OSHA safety regulations in a Veterinary setting.

• Knowledge of USDA/APHIS regulations pertaining to exotics held in Zoo and Aquarium settings.

• Knowledge of federal and state permits.

• Knowledge of electronic medical records keeping systems.

• Knowledge of Necropsy procedures.

• Ability to give and to follow complex instructions, both verbal and written

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays on a schedule that is flexible according to the needs of the animals, veterinarian, and husbandry staff

• Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

• Well lighted, heated and or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation

• Work could be performed outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions (rain, sun, snow, wind, etc.)

• Moderate physical activity performing somewhat strenuous daily activities of a primarily product / technical nature.

• Manual dexterity sufficient to reach / handle items, works with fingers, and perceived attributes of objects and materials.

• Work Schedule – Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include nights, weekends, and holidays.

• Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

• Distance Vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)

• Color vision (ability to identified and distinguished colors)

• Peripheral vision (Ability to observe an area that may be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

• Depth perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

• Ability to adjust focus (Ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

• This position is subject to animal bites, stings, and impact injuries

• Minimal travel generally within a 30 mile radius.

• Minimal overnight travel by land or air – up to 10%

• Job is usually performed in a Moderate office environment with sounds from printers, computers, etc.