Veterinary Technician I

Organization: Knoxville Zoological Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Knoxville, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Job

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Curator of Animal Health, and the Assistant Curator or Lead Veterinary Technician, the individual in this position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks involving the overall operation of the animal hospital and quarantine areas at the Knoxville Zoological Gardens.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Skills and duties required of this position include but are not limited to the following:


• Experienced with maintaining anesthetic and surgical equipment, including surgical packs, sterilization, surgery set-ups, and assisting as a scrub nurse.

• Test collections: setup, perform, and break down test procedures, including blood work, radiographs, cytology, & cultures. Process samples, maintain lab logs, and perform basic microscopy.

• Clinical support, assisting in laboratory protocols and analyses, and diagnostics and medical treatments.

• Assessing animal physical and nutritional requirements.

• Filling prescriptions according to established pharmacy protocols.

• Administers prescribed medication and performs hospitalized animal treatments.

• Assist with the preparation of medications and treatments for animals under veterinary care.

• Day-to-day housekeeping duties, including routine cleaning and maintenance of radiology and treatment room, kitchen/pharmacy, hospital office, hospital storage areas and areas immediately outside of hospital; and also the proper cleaning and storage of restraint equipment and medical equipment and supplies.• Equipment and inventory maintenance.

• Maintain medical records according to protocols, including treatment sheets, ICU sheets, weight logs, diet, and husbandry forms.

• Completing and upkeep of medical records; experience with MedARKS, ARKS, and ZIMS databases a plus.

• Experience with capture and restraint techniques. • Advanced organizational skills, communication and computer skills.


• Provide care to newly acquired animals in quarantine.

• Cleans animal quarantine holding, conducts pest control activities and reports any mechanical defects that would endanger the animal or the hospital staff.

• Prepares food for each assigned animal by following written diet instructions, feeds each animal as diet requires, provides water and administers medicines as instructed to ensure proper nutrition and health.

• Provides species-appropriate enrichment opportunities for the animals by adding or rearranging objects and providing a variety of approved foods in a natural setting.

• Cleans and disinfects utensils, work tools and containers.

• Maintains appropriate health and behavior records on assigned animals.

• Participates in and supports animal training programs.

• Adheres to all organization and department policies and practices.


• Graduation from and accredited 2 year/4 year veterinary technician program.

• Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT) in Tennessee, equivalent license (CVT, RVT, LVT) or ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire.

• Minimum of two years’ experience as a veterinary technician.

• Minimum of one year experience working in a zoo, wildlife center, or with exotic animals; advanced experience with exotic animal species as a veterinary technician, including mammals, large mammals, birds, and reptiles is preferred.

• Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

• Willingness to work outside normal business hours, including weekends and holidays.

• Knowledge of the habits and hazards of working with wild animals; willingness to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety precautions.

• Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and document animal care activities.

• Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees and zoo guests.

• Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Excellent team-building and leadership skills.


• Ability to traverse zoo grounds.

• Able to bend and twist, lift, stand, kneel, sit, walk, bend, stoop, crawl, hear, and speak regularly and for long periods of time (10 hour shifts or longer).

• Ability to lift in excess of 50 pounds; frequently move moderate to heavy objects; standing, bending, squatting, twisting, reaching, etc.; may work from elevated positions.

• Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.

• Ability to work in small confined spaces.

• Ability to work in all weather conditions.

• Ability to wear requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may include rubber/latex gloves, steel-toed boots/shoes, face shields, eye goggles, etc.

• Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases.

• Risk exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.

• Rabies vaccinated is preferred.

Please visit the link for application instructions: