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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a public-private partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. The city owns and maintains the Aquarium’s buildings and provides administrative support while the foundation procures and maintains the collection of animals and exhibits. The foundation is also responsible for fundraising efforts and various scientific research, education, and conservation programs.

Hospital Manager (Lead Veterinary Technician)

The Hospital Manager (Lead Veterinary Technician) will assist the Virginia Aquarium Veterinarian with the Aquarium’s veterinary medical needs and animal health program. Manage and coordinate all operations of the Aquarium’s veterinary hospital facilities and supervise a small team of veterinary technicians and support staff. Duties will include but are not limited to:

Clinical duties:

  • Assist veterinarian with routine, diagnostic and emergency medical and surgical procedures. Perform anesthesia, pre/post op care, and euthanasia as directed.
  • Manage critical care and treatment plans for hospitalized and resident animals.
  • Safely transport and restrain animals of various species.
  • Conduct post-mortem sampling and necropsies.
  • Oversee appropriate handling, storage and disposal of controlled substances, materials, and biological waste.
  • Maintain accurate medical and test result records in ZIMS and other tracking databases.
  • Communicate with other animal care teams to schedule and coordinate exams, procedures, and treatments.

Laboratory duties:

  • Collect samples and run diagnostics tests on a wide variety of aquatic and zoological species, including inhouse testing and storage, as well as shipping samples to diagnostics laboratories. Coordinate annual routine sampling schedules requests and submission.
  • Create and ensure compliance with laboratory protocols providing training and review for veterinary technicians and staff as needed.

Facilities management duties:

  • Ensure cleanliness and hygiene of the Aquarium’s veterinary facilities.
  • Manage and oversee the hospital pharmacy inventory, controlled substances, and medical and surgical supplies.
  • Maintain quality control, calibration, routine maintenance schedules and any necessary repairs for all laboratory, diagnostic, anesthetic and surgical equipment.
  • Ensure purchase are made within set budget limits and in accordance with procurement laws, practices, and ethics. Maintain accurate records, receipts, and appropriate paperwork for procurement, warrants and maintenance.
  • Manage licensing, inspections, certifications and permits as required for hospital facility and equipment.
  • Coordinate the radiation safety program and annual training.
  • Develop and implement hospital protocols and standard operations procedures.

Supervisory and leadership duties:

  • Coordinate schedules, on-call rotations, duties and daily tasks of all veterinary technicians/assistants, ensuring hospital and treatment needs are covered with the aquarium facilities.
  • Provide skills training and review as needed to ensure high standards of animal care, accuracy and quality control, health and safety. Provide development and coaching opportunities and maintain a positive and respectful workplace. Exercise general supervision of other veterinary technicians / assistants including recruitment training, performance management.
  • Collaborate with Chief Veterinarian and HR on personnel actions when necessary.
  • Monitor the veterinary team’s effectiveness and efficiency, recommend and implement changes as appropriate.

Professional Collaboration:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with outside vendors, suppliers, and laboratories.
  • Collaborate with other aquarium, zoological, wildlife and research facilities.
  • Participate in leadership programs, professional organizations and conferences.

Public engagement:

  • Engage with guests to enhance their Aquarium experience by facilitating discussion and explanation of veterinary procedures conducted in public areas hospital public viewing windows.
  • Conduct formal and informal public presentations and assisting with behind the scenes tours.
  • Provide relevant information and assist in training of other Aquarium staff members to appropriately discuss these topics.

Experience Required

MINIMUMS: Associates degree in veterinary technology from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary technology program and five (5) years of experience working as a licensed/certified veterinary technician, one (1) year of which is in a supervisory capacity. Must have current licensure, in good standing, to practice as a veterinary technician in Virginia or be licensed in another state and eligible to obtain a Virginia veterinary technician license within 3 months of hiring. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid drivers license.

Further Comments

The ideal candidate will have the following preferences. Bachelors degree in veterinary technology, biology, zoology, animal science or related field. Two or more years of experience working as a veterinary technician in an aquarium, zoological, or marine animal rehabilitation facility. Experience managing hospital functions at a veterinary clinic, aquarium, zoological or marine animal rehabilitation facility. Two or more years of experience supervising veterinary technicians including coordinating schedules, training, and performance management. Experience developing protocols or standard operating procedures. Experience with managing licensing, inspections, certification, and permits required for a veterinary hospital facility and equipment. Experience with guest engagement and interactions, and public speaking in formal and informal settings.


The City of Virginia Beach offers an excellent benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance; retirement and savings plans; holidays, paid time off; as well as access to the Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union, a non-profit service agency which is owned and operated exclusively for City employees and their dependents.


Pay range for this classification: G.20 $42,827.20 - $62,795.20

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please visit

The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-385-FISH

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