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Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

SENIOR VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Position Summary

This salaried, full-time position with a generous benefit package is for a seasoned licensed veterinary technician with zoological or exotic animal expertise to join the Veterinary Team at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.  In addition to a wide-assortment of veterinary technician duties, this position also focuses on: initiation of and participation in projects contributing to zoological medicine scientific knowledge, animal welfare, enhancement of visitor experiences, and training collection animals for voluntary participation in their own healthcare. Primary emphasis is on daily care and health maintenance of the Palm Beach Zoo’s animal collection.  The veterinary technicians report directly to the Director of Animal Health and work with the Animal Hospital Supervisor, Assistant Curator, and Zoologists. Previous zoological experience, neonatal hand-rearing experience, and nonsmoker (including e-cigarettes) strongly desired.

Essential Position Functions

MINIMUM DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Assist veterinary staff in the daily medical care of the animal collection including the administration of medications and cold laser treatments, and husbandry of hospitalized animals as required.
  • Preparation and administration of medications to collection animals.
  • Assist the veterinary staff during on-site and off-site procedures and surgeries, including monitoring vital signs, anesthesia equipment, and general surgical assistance.
  • Provide medical evaluation on members of the animal collection where appropriate such as avian flock evaluations or emergency assessments.
  • Assist in monitoring the animal collection for both internal and external parasites, including fecal slide preparation, examination, recording, and distribution of monthly preventative treatments.
  • Assist in the upkeep and maintenance of all veterinary facilities and associated equipment.  This includes: cleaning and hygiene of all areas of the veterinary facility, performing inventories; disinfection and using gas & steam sterilization of medical equipment. Familiarity with AZA, USDA, and Florida State standards and regulations is desirable.
  • Involvement in daily written and computerized animal record keeping, as it relates to veterinary operations and AZA reporting.  Familiarity with “ZIMS”, Excel, and TEAMS is desirable.  Ability to learn the “ZIMS” program is required.
  • Assist in safely capturing and restraining animals of all taxa for examination and treatment. Previous darting equipment training and proficiency with nets are highly desired.
  • Provide care for sick and injured wildlife as a part of the Zoo’s wildlife management program (including but not limited to: animal assessment and preparing animals for transport).
  • Comply with Zoo and FWC’s euthanasia protocols for control of invasive species and predatory/vector species on Zoo property (i.e. rodents, green iguanas).
  • Perform in-house laboratory tests including automated and manual hematology, automated chemistry analyses, and cytology
  • Assist with post mortem examinations and sample processing including external laboratory submissions.  Experience shipping formalin-fixed tissues and dry ice shipping certification are preferable.

Requirements - Education/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Education:  Veterinary technician license in the state of Florida preferred. (or agreement to acquire or transfer licensure to the state of Florida within 1 year of employment).   Must speak and read English proficiently. Must hold a valid driver’s license for at least three years with a good driving record.

Scheduling:  Ability to work weekends, holidays, and availability during special events and emergency situations is required. 

Human Health/Medical: Because of potential contact with non-human primates, annual tuberculosis testing is required.  Immunization against rabies is required with maintenance of adequate post immunization titers.   Other immunizations may include but are not limited to:  annual flu shots, COVID vaccination (when available), Hepatitis and Measles (booster) vaccines.  Position requires ability to work outside year-round in extreme heat, and ability to stand for extended periods of time.  Must have good mobility and ability to walk at a brisk pace for short time periods and short-to-medium distances (on and throughout zoo property). Must be able to lift at least 50# from the floor or table, and to perform repetitive tasks.

Skills and Competencies: 

TeamworkSupporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and supporting team goals. Excellent team work and interpersonal skills are extremely important. Must work well with others during stressful situations, and communicate effectively with zoo staff, supervisors, and veterinarians. Team members must be self-motivated, and be able to work well independently on assigned work as well as thrive during group tasks.

Professional/Technical Knowledge and CompetencyRemains current on developments in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies. Can perform multiple types of fecal analyses, CBC and chemistry tests, urinalysis, and cytology on multiple taxa. Correctly calculates medication doses from dosage directions, and dispenses practical forms of prescribed medications to collection animals following legal requirements. Works safely around potent narcotics and has experience with anesthesia monitoring of animals across taxa. Demonstrates safe work practices in all situations.

Communication (oral and written)Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listening to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; expressing ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents. Computer proficiency required. Involvement in daily written and computerized animal record keeping, as it relates to veterinary operations and AZA reporting.  Familiarity with “ZIMS”, Excel, Office Calendars, and TEAMS is desirable.  Ability to learn the “ZIMS” program is required.

  • Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational values and norms; building trust and confidence with the staff and with internal and external customers; respecting the confidentiality of personal and proprietary information. Must not have a criminal record or have received any citations or remediation for issues concerning controlled substances.

 

Concern for DetailPays attention to every portion of any task, down to the smallest item. Must follow established protocols for the routine maintenance and care of advanced diagnostics equipment such as digital radiograph, ultrasound, endoscopy, and biochemistry analyzers. Must comply with the uniform policy and all other zoo policies.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Teamwork — Supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and supporting team goals.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Demonstrates behaviors that includes fairness, respect, inclusiveness, empathy, integrity, and ethical conduct.  Fosters a climate and culture in which each person is accepted and has the opportunity to grow and develop. Practices behaviors that promote diversity and inclusion in dealings with and on behalf of the Zoo, consistent with laws, regulations and Zoo policies.
  • Creative Thinking —ability to develop new strategies and to think outside the box in order to get the job done
  • Forward Thinking — ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
  • Professional/Technical Knowledge and Competency — Remains current on developments in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies
  • Decisiveness—Willing to make quick decisions and take immediate action
  • Communication (oral and written) — Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listening to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; expressing ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents.
  • Follow-up — Institutes methods for monitoring people and projects.
  • Integrity/Trust — Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational values and norms; building trust and confidence with the staff and with internal and external customers; respecting the confidentiality of personal and proprietary information.
  • Planning and Organizing — Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the zoo’s volunteer program; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans that participate changes in the work environment.
  • Coordinating — Organizes and moves a group of individuals and/or activities toward a common goal
  • Concern for Detail — Pays attention to every portion of any task, down to the smallest item

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in weather conditions typical to South Florida.
  • Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a South Florida climate
  • Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work varied and long shifts including holidays and weekends.
  • Exposure to blood borne pathogens
  • May require the ability to frequently remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The job specification requirements stated are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job successfully. Employees may be required to perform other related duties as assigned, to ensure workload coverage. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above so that the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Palm Beach Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training and promotion without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

How to Apply

Please send CV, cover letter and three professional references to Kelly Fad, General Curator, at kfad@palmbeachzoo.org

Thank you!

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 5615479453

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