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Veterinarian Technician Job Description
Position Title: Veterinary Technician
Department: Veterinary Services
Classification: Full-Time, Salary, Non-Exempt
Direct Report: Vice President of Veterinary Services
The veterinary technician is responsible for supporting the veterinary services department in order to provide health care for the entire collection of animals at Mississippi Aquarium. It is essential that the technician be able to work independently, efficiently, and collaborate with all other departments at the aquarium. The ideal candidate will represent Mississippi Aquarium in a positive light and be enthusiastic and committed to all aspects of the job.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintain diagnostic equipment in hospital, necropsy, and laboratory areas
Perform hematology, biochemistry, parasitology, urinalysis, and cytology analysis
Schedule routine and sick examinations
Collect diagnostic samples on all collection animals at direction of veterinarian
Prepare and ship out diagnostic samples as needed
Prepare for and assist in large procedures (medical and surgical)
Complete medical treatments at direction of veterinarian
Maintain supply and medication inventory
Assist with and/or independently perform necropsy examinations
Perform radiology procedures
Fill and dispense prescriptions
Care for animals under quarantine
Maintain animal records
Process research samples
Maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for veterinary department
Mentor and assist with training of less experienced staff
Work with other departments as needed
Give presentations for aquarium staff and at professional meetings
Other duties as assigned
Provide technician services at the aquarium as well as at off-site facilities
At minimum an Associate of Applied Science from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology OR 5+ years’ experience working as a veterinary assistant in zoos/aquariums
Experience with laboratory diagnostics
Experience with aquatic species and/or exotic and zoo species
Lift, push, pull at least 50 pounds
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to follow written standard operating procedures and verbal directives independently
Knowledge or ability to train on proper use of protection gear
Comfortable working around water, chemicals, medications, and animals
Able to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
Flexible schedule to allow for working various shifts/hours including some nights, weekends, and holidays
Able to be on call to respond for emergencies
Hold valid state driver’s license
LVT, CVT, or RVT or ability to become licensed within 1 year of hire
Experience with ZIMS/Species 360 record keeping system
Experience performing necropsy examinations
Interest in rehabilitation of animals
Note: This position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animals, potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices, toxic chemicals and/or drugs, and zoonotic diseases. Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment will be required. For example, googles, mask, gloves, gowns, and other items as necessary.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
**Will be required to provide 2 written letters of recommendation if asked to interview**
Safety & Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.
Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality. Tattoos and piercings must be appropriate and in keeping with a professional image. Depending on the work area, management reserves the right to determine that tattoos will need to be covered during your shift.
Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external. To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience. Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
To apply for this position, please send resume or CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Mississippi AquariumGulfport, MS
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