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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma

Clinical Veterinary Technician

Apply by:03/17/2019

Under the direction of the Head and Associate Veterinarians, the veterinary technician/nurse performs a variety of specialized duties involved in the medical management of the animal collection and maintenance of the hospital facilities, equipment, records, and daily clinical operations.

General functions of the position include: provide advanced clinical support to the veterinarian in the delivery of health care to a wide variety of zoo and aquatic species; oversee proper care and function of the hospital facilities and equipment; provide care and maintenance of hospitalized and quarantined animals; provide emergency first-aid patient care; coordinate preventive fecal parasite screening schedules with animal care staff.  Dispense and fill prescribed medications and ordering of supplies as needed.

Assist veterinarians in all aspects of zoo medical procedures, including, anesthesia, radiology, treatment, dentistry, necropsy, preventive medicine, and surgery.
Provide nursing care, administer treatments, therapies, and bandage changes to hospitalized patients and other active clinical cases within the collection.
Perform and interpret advanced pharmacological calculations to ensure proper and accurate drug dosing.
Have thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology of a wide variety of zoo animals.
Perform proper restraint and handling of animals from diverse taxonomic groups.
Demonstrate advanced understanding of radiology equipment, technique, and positioning for a wide variety of species in order to obtain quality diagnostic images, and the ability to troubleshoot problems with equipment.
Collect and process lab specimens from a wide variety of zoo animals; perform specialized analyses of samples; distribute samples to appropriate clinical pathology laboratories; communicate technically with lab specialists based on veterinarian's needs.
Assist veterinarian with necropsy and pathology procedures; perform some necropsies and diagnostic sampling independently.
Record detailed, accurate, and professional notations during veterinary procedures; have thorough and advanced knowledge of medical terminology and good  scientific writing skills.
Write reports and graph information as requested by veterinarian.
Perform routine clinical pathology, anesthesia, parasitology, and anesthesia data entry in ZIMS Medical Records System.
Work closely with keepers on training animals to present voluntary behaviors for medical procedures; advanced knowledge of operant conditioning techniques.
Participate in approved independent research and support institutional scientific research and conservation; have understanding of scientific research methods.
Must have excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail.
Coordinate and perform the operation, care, servicing, and cleaning of all hospital/medical equipment and facilities.
Oversee the ordering of all pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies needed for veterinary department operations.
Coordinate and maintain the biohazardous waste program.
Coordinate and maintain quarantine facilities and operations.
Assist in creation and coordination of hand-rearing protocols with keepers and veterinarians.
Communicate professionally and technically within the institution and with other zoo organizations.
Coordinate and schedule preventive fecal parasitology schedules with veterinarian and animal care staff.
Participate in staff training presentations, both independently, and by assisting the veterinarian.
Coordinate CPR training for staff.
Serve as a member of the emergency response team for animal escapes.
Understand applicable City, State, Federal, AVMA, and AZA regulations.
Assure the safety of animals, employees and the visiting public from injury or mishap.
Participate in staff development training as required or approved.
Demonstrate consistent positive attitude and willingness to contribute to the staff team.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience Required

EDUCATION: Graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association Accredited Veterinary Technology/Nursing Program with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology/Nursing. Successful passing of the National Veterinary Technology/Nursing Medical Board Exam. A Bachelor's Degree is strongly preferred. EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years paid experience as a licensed, clinical Veterinary Technician; experience as a zoo veterinary technician required. LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must have a Washington State license as a Certified Veterinary Technician, or the ability to obtain one within the 9 month probationary period. Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record. Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid first-aid and CPR card within probationary period.


22.47 - 31.13 per hour

How to Apply

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma
Tacoma, VT

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