Veterinary Technician(50)

Organization: Lincoln Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Provide technical assistance to the veterinary department.

• Under general supervision, assists veterinarians in the medical care of the animal collection including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

• Assists with coordination of the activities of veterinary and veterinary technician students, volunteers, and other individuals as directed by zoo veterinarians.

• Operates the diagnostic laboratory.

• Assists in veterinary and animal emergencies.

• Organizes and maintains pharmacy including rotating inventory, removing expired products, and ordering pharmaceuticals and supplies, under the direction of veterinarians.

• Dispenses and administers medications and vaccinations as prescribed by veterinarians.

• Administers anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian, monitors said animals under general anesthesia, and assists in surgery.

• Prepares biological specimens for shipment.

• Maintains accurate records, including computer entry for medical records.

• Operates and maintains radiographic equipment.

• Supervises and performs cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of surgical instruments, equipment, and hospital and operating areas.

• Assists in any special maintenance project as required.

• Assists in maintenance of zoo hospital in a clean and orderly condition.

• Performs other related duties required by veterinarians to maintain and operate the hospital safely and efficiently.


• Assist in educational and/or research programs as requested.

• Assist in preparation and presentation of training programs for zoo volunteers, new employees, and staff as requested.

• Conduct tours for visitors and volunteers as requested.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Must obtain valid State of Illinois registration as a veterinary technician within six months of employment and maintain this license with respect to CE and ethics.

• Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor.

• Knowledge of computer programs of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet database access.

• Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, our visitors, and the general public.

• Must demonstrate knowledge of occupational hazards involved and the safe work practices to employ while in proximity of potentially dangerous animals or substances.


• Completion of an accredited veterinary technician program.


• Preference will be given to those with at least one year of veterinary technician experience, preferably with exotic animals.


• The employee is regularly required to stand, walk , stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 lbs. The employee will be exposed frequently to outside, potentially adverse, weather conditions. The employee will be regularly exposed to water, chemicals, and potentially loud noises.


• Must be able to work after hours, weekends, holidays, and evenings as required and for zoo special events.

• Must be able to work any of the seven days of the week.

• Possession of and able to maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license with good driving record.