Veterinary Technician(55)

Organization: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (AZA Member)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland , United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is looking for a qualified individual to fill the role of Veterinary Technician who will assist the veterinarians with any duties as directed, perform diagnostic testing, and keep hospital equipment and areas in good working order. The Veterinary Technician will receive direction from the Senior Veterinary Technician in regards to hospital operations, including scheduling, ordering of medical, laboratory and research supplies, and maintaining, laboratory, pharmacy, and equipment. He/she will assist in all veterinary medical procedures requested by the veterinarians or Senior Veterinary Technician; check clinical log books to know when procedures are scheduled; prepare all materials required for procedures as well as clean up area and equipment after procedures; prepare and administer treatments and medications; prepare compounded medications and refill prescriptions as directed by the staff veterinarians; and maintain surgery areas, treatment areas, including quarantine, and the materials in the hospital van in good working order, and keep well-stocked; discard out of date drugs and materials in compliance with applicable laws and policies. This person will maintain sterilization and stocking of surgical instruments and other equipment, including darting materials; perform laboratory work on hospital and research samples, including fecal analysis, urinalysis, hematology, chemistries and microbiology; operate clinical hematology and chemistry equipment; prepare and disburse specimens for out of hospital tests; and deliver water samples to lab from aquatic animal pools for analysis per the Marine Mammal Act and maintain required logs. The Veterinary Technician will attend required continuing education to maintain licensure; maintain appropriate records; enter data into MedARKS system; and research and obtain bids on replacement medical equipment when requested by Senior Veterinary Technician. He/she will obtain donated equipment and tools as appropriate with the needs and storage of the hospital; drive to specified locations as needed to deliver or pick up samples and carcasses; and be responsible for acting as member of Zoo’s emergency response firearms shoot team. This person will conduct tours of the hospital building, perform oral presentations on zoo grounds when required; train new staff as directed by the Senior Veterinary Technician; and, manage veterinary technician student program and train students and volunteers. The Veterinary Technician will promote the mission of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore; perform other duties as assigned; and, adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo. This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Animal Science or related field preferred; and RVT, LVT, or AHT required. Valid Maryland license for the appropriate degree within 3 months of start; Minimum one year of veterinary technician and/or laboratory experience; Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software; and, Valid driver’s license. Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds; Extremely well organized; and, Self-directed, collaborative and detail-oriented. Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, telephone, radio, and vehicles, hand tools, animal restraint and capture devices, darting equipment, incubators, gardening/carpentry tools and machinery, scales, etc.; and, Various medical machines, medical laboratory equipment and other machinery. Must be able to exert up to 70 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance; Must be able to travel large areas of the Zoo as needed; Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions; Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events; Wear appropriate personal protective gear provided by the Zoo; Contact with hazardous chemicals, animal related injury and diagnostic radiography; anesthesia equipment; and, Exposure to zoonotic diseases and risk of animal attack.

Contact: Karen Debus


Email Subject Line: Veterinary Technician (Full-time)