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City of Abilene

City of Abilene

Veterinary Technician

OPEN UNTIL FILLED                   PAY RATE Depending On Experience + Qualifications 

Under the general supervision of the Zoo Veterinarian, the veterinary technician assists in the care of all zoological specimens in the collection.  Assists and performs laboratory testing on various samples as directed.  When needed, performs commissary food preparation. 
This position has no direct supervision over other staff members.   However, the veterinary technician is required to teach fellow staff members and students about veterinary care.

Provide direct assistance to the veterinarian as requested during the performance of all veterinary procedures including anesthesia, surgery, routine exams, radiographs, euthanasias, necropsies, etc.
Perform clinical pathology tasks and sample preparation including, but not limited to hematology, serum chemistries, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis, and cytology.
Dispense medications with proper labeling, prescribed by the veterinarian and administer treatment as directed.  Maintain an inventory of all drugs/supplies, ensure expired materials are disposed properly, and follow all USDA/DEA/OSHA regulations.
Keep the Veterinary Hospital clean, stocked, and fully functional.  This includes the maintenance, disinfection, and sterilization of medical equipment.
Assist the veterinary team in caring for all quarantined animals and avian rehabilitation patients.  Keep the quarantine and avian rehabilitation buildings clean and orderly.
Assist the veterinary team with diet preparation when needed.
Maintain accurate medical records and assist with entering records into ZIMS and filing into individual medical charts.
Participate in annual continuing education for veterinary technicians.
Instruct students (including zoo teens), veterinary preceptors, and other visiting personnel regarding various veterinary procedures.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Experience Required

Knowledge of: A wide variety of exotic mammals, birds, fish and reptile husbandry in a Zoo/Aquarium setting. Various types of medications, especially their use in exotics and the risk of human exposure. Techniques for various medical procedures. Rehabilitation of various bird species; or a willingness to learn. OSHA/safety regulations in a veterinary setting. Medical recordkeeping, preferably, familiarity of ZIMS. Skill to: Safely operate a motor vehicle. Maintain and operate veterinary equipment for anesthesia, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, microscopy, and chemical immobilization. Operate a computer for email use, medical recordkeeping, and medical supply ordering. Ability to: Work in a variety of environments in order to provide care to the entire animal collection. And willingness to work weekends and holidays. Work a flexible work schedule, including being on-call for emergencies. Respond calmly during an emergency event. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality of medical records. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally. Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do. Lead and manage a team in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect. Experience and Training Guidelines: Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through: Experience: A minimum of (2) two years of professional experience working with exotic animals in the zoo field. Education/Training: A high school diploma or GED is required. A two (2) year degree from an accredited college or technical school in Veterinary Technology or its equivalent or a licensed Veterinary Technician certification is preferred. License or Certificate: A valid current Texas driver’s license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required. Out of state LVT certifications will be required to obtain a Texas LVT within six (6) months of employment. Special Requirements: Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment: With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Exposure to the outdoors, radiation, zoonotic diseases, potentially hazaradous chemicals, narcotics and biohazard waste. Occasional travel to Continuing Education meetings or to other zoological institutions, and airports for animal transport. Work in close proximity to dangerous or potentially life-threatening exotic animals.


$20.16 - $24.36

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City of Abilene
555 Walnut St
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: 3256766392
Fax: City of Abilene

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