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Veterinary Technician Internship

Organization: Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Brookfield, Illinois, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is currently accepting applications for our College Experiential Learning Opportunities (CELO) program.

Please visit the following site for specific details on applying and contact with any other questions you may have: (

Chicago Zoological Society is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/V/D

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply and to identify themselves.

Title Keeper Intern-Veterinary Services

Learning Objectives

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by providing technical and medical support to the veterinary staff for the care provided to the animal collection and hospitalized

patients. This position also assists the Veterinary Services Department and the Chicago Zoological Society in creating innovations and excellence in conservation leadership and animal welfare by enabling the Veterinary Services Department to meet the

most current standards for specialized veterinary care.


1. * Assist in preparation for surgical procedures and assist

veterinary staff in performing surgical procedures. Assist in

performing cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of the

surgical suite, surgical instruments, and equipment. (15%)

2. *Under the direct supervision of the Lead Keeper/Assistant Lead

Keeper or Senior keeper, create and maintain accurate medical

record documentation that is required during an animal procedure

or prescription request. (15%)

3. *Communicate regularly with hospital supervisors/managers

regarding animal medical and husbandry management including

but not limited to medical procedures, nutrition, training, and

behavioral enrichments. (15%)

4. *Assist in maintaining drug and medical supplies and inventory

maintenance. Maintain current pharmacy, treatment areas,

animal, and equipment inventory as directed (10%)

5. *Under direct supervision of the Lead Keeper/Assistant Lead

Keeper or Senior Keeper administer medications and

vaccinations as directed by veterinarians. (10%)

6. *Under direct supervision of the Lead Keeper/Assistant Lead

Keeper or Senior Keeper assist in the operation and maintenance

of radiographic equipment. Conduct diagnostic radiography,

including positioning of the patient, exposure, and development

of radiographs. (10%) 7. *Under direct supervision of associate veterinarians, maintain and

monitor anesthesia, including the operation of inhalation

anesthesia equipment and patient monitoring devices. (10%)

8. Under necessary conditions, assist with sample preparation, clean

animal enclosures, pools, and service areas as required. Other

related duties as assigned. (10%)

9. Other related duties as assigned. (5%)


• Graduation from an AVMA certified school of veterinary


• Animal care facility, farm, or equivalent experience required.

Relevant experience working at the Chicago Zoological Society a


• Technical skills are required including proficient restraint, sample

collection techniques, patient monitoring, and intravenous catheter

placement with domestic animals required.

• Ability to learn infection control and quarantine practices.

• Current knowledge of veterinary medical practices, animal

anatomy and physiology, basic pharmacology and principles of

anesthesia required.

• Knowledge of natural history, principles of animal behavior and

husbandry preferred.

• Must be able to work with animals safely.

• Knowledge of sterile techniques and surgical equipment cleaning

and sterilization preferred.

• Under direction must be able to deliver various medications

through standard practices.

• Solid communication and interpersonal skills required.

• Good decision-making skills and sound judgment required.

• Must demonstrate proficiency in perceiving and acting upon

relevant changes in animal behaviors and conditions.

• Incumbent must demonstrate the ability to accurately perform job


• Must be able to maintain confidentiality with regard to animal

matters, personnel and other privileged information.

• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a

diverse, multicultural audience. Multi-lingual ability and Spanish

fluency a plus. • Valid driver’s license required. Illinois residents must possess a

valid Illinois license within 90 days of hire. Valid out-of-state

license required for out-of-state residents.

Additional Information

This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions

of the position, but should not be considered a complete listing of

every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform.

Incumbent must represent the Society in a professional manner at all

times. Veterinary technicians are frequently subjected to potential

hazards that include direct contact with or close proximity to live

animals. Incumbent must possess knowledge of occupational hazards

and safe work practices around such hazards.

These positions are physically demanding, and employees may be

subjected to a variety of physical demands and environmental factors

and exposures. This job description contains the primary duties and

responsibilities of the position, but in no way implies that these are

the only duties the employee may ever be called upon to perform.

• Responsibility for Society Property: Incumbent is responsible

for the care and proper use of equipment and property.

• Responsibility for Safety of Others: Incumbent is responsible

for the safety of guests, animals, employees, interns, volunteers,

etc., as instructed. Must be alert to hazards and potential hazards

and take action to remedy or report these as appropriate.

• Contacts: Primary contacts include Society staff, professional

associates, volunteers, docents, interns, and guests.

• Qualifications and Characteristics: Incumbent must possess a

genuine interest in animals and their welfare. Must work

cooperatively and follow appropriate communication channels.

Must possess ability to adjust quickly to changes. Must

understand, or quickly acquire understanding of how department

interfaces with Society-wide operations. Incumbent must possess

or acquire knowledge of Chicago Zoological Society, the mission,

policies and procedures, and incorporate into daily