quarantine keeper/veterinary technician

Organization: Blank Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Des Moines , Iowa, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Blank Park Zoo is seeking a relief quarantine keeper/veterinary technician to join our Veterinary Support/Behavioral Husbandry Team. The Vet Support/Behavioral Husbandry Team consists of an attending veterinarian, two associate veterinarians and three support staff.

This position will assist in all aspects of providing medical care to the Blank Park Zoo’s animal collection, including but not limited to medical treatments, sample collection/preparation for shipment, radiology, assisting in surgical procedures (monitoring anesthesia, aseptic surgical preparation, cleaning, wrapping, sterilizing containers and instruments, etc), and dispensing medications. In addition to basic medical duties, responsibilities include general hospital cleanliness, disinfecting equipment, disposing of garbage, order hospital supplies, stocking of supplies, preparation for medical procedures and care of quarantined and/or hospitalized animals. Additional professional duties may be assigned. The right candidate must have great verbal and written communication skills including maintaining accurate veterinary records.

Candidate will also provide training of veterinary students, veterinary technician interns, and job shadows when appropriate. Candidate may be asked to participate in public outreach and other educational programming including behind the scenes tours and twice weekly keeper chats (April-October).

Candidate should have 4 year college degree or Bachelor/Associate Veterinary Technology Degree. Experience, along with a college degree, can be interchangeable at a rate of 1 year of college to 1 year of experience. This position requires working on weekends, holidays, and overtime on an animal emergency basis. Candidate must be able to use a computer efficiently. A current driver’s license is needed for employment and if chosen, candidate will be required to submit to a background check.

The candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs, bend, twist, stand for long periods of time, and work in restricted spaces. Quarantine Relief and veterinary work may take place indoors or outdoors at all times of the year.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to zoohr@blankparkzoo.org. Position open until filled. References upon request.