Veterinary Technician II

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-769750
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 27, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Veterinary Technician II

Department: Veterinary Services

Reports to: Senior Veterinary Technician

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Full-time

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Senior Veterinary Technician, the Veterinary Technician II is responsible for carrying out medical duties and animal husbandry duties as assigned by the senior veterinary technician and veterinary staff. ________________________________________________________________________

Essential Job Functions:

  • Actively support and implement area policies, procedures and protocols to ensure the highest standards of care for the collection and the safety of staff and visitors
  • Responsible for the daily operations of the zoo veterinary clinic and quarantine areas, including animal cleaning and husbandry duties.
  • Provides technical support to the senior veterinary technician, as well as the veterinary staff and all other attending veterinarians and the zoo hospital as needed
  • Participates in any zoo staff activities required for animal health maintenance / zoo hospital and quarantine functions
  • Knowledge of computer , computerized medical records and data tracking systems
  • Ability to work in an orderly fashion
  • Ability to function as a certified veterinary technician, hospital keeper, emergency staff when needed
  • Must be able to function in team environment, as well as perform tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must possess excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Actively participate in workshops, seminars, activities and conferences aimed at improving job knowledge (subject to Zoo Atlanta’s financial situation where relevant)
  • Actively foster constructive attitudes and a team orientation among staff
  • Maintain the highest level of safety in the work area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures
  • Maintain a high performance level of veterinary technician duties including excellent animal care and attention to details and new veterinary innovations
  • Participate in one or more of the following: AZVT, enrichment or training committee, area research projects, education or conservation programs
  • Coordinate and supervise activities of interns and volunteers as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist senior veterinary technician and veterinarians in any and all zoo hospital record keeping issues as directed
  • Assist in teaching and oversight of veterinary and veterinary technician students
  • Assist any designated zoo staff in emergency chemical immobilization procedures
  • Take an active role in the training / on the job education of technicians, assistants, interns, volunteers, and other staff members assigned tasks related to animal health care or maintenance of hosp. facilities, including but not limited to, the animal hospital, routines, medications, animal handling and restraint, anesthesia, husbandry and emergency preparedness
  • Participate in maintenance of all active medical records, including printing and keeping files up to date
  • Participate in and support collaborative efforts pertaining to the care of the collection including training, enrichment, research and education
  • Understand and support Zoo Atlanta’s Strategic and Master Plans and departmental Collection Plans

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Four-year degree in veterinary technology, animal science, biology, or related field. Sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial fulfillment of education requirement
  • At least two years of veterinary technician experience, preferably with exotics and/or zoo animals
  • Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime when needed
  • Must be able to work outside in inclement weather conditions to provide animal health care and veterinary assistance
  • Able to perform at a competent level under high stress conditions
  • Willingness to work in direct contact with dangerous / contagious animals as well as toxic and hazardous conditions
  • Understand zoonotic disease risks and practice safe handling / procedures when working with ZA’s animal collection
  • Must receive rabies immunizations and titers and be TB tested according to ZA policy
  • Must abide by all written ZA policies and procedures
  • Class III drivers license
  • Ability to pass CORI screens and random drug testing
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of computer systems used at ZA
  • Good computer skills
  • Knowledge of proper personal protective protocols when dealing with hazardous or contagious substances
  • Willing and able (when appropriate) to handle and restrain animals, including potentially dangerous animals after suitable training

Advancement to Veterinary Technician III

Advancement contingent upon:

  • Minimum of three years experience as a veterinary technician in a zoological institution
  • Consistent and exemplary implementation of veterinary policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to successfully work on all assigned tasks under minimal supervision in changing environment.
  • Consistently demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team.
  • Demonstrated initiative to complete routine tasks and excellent animal husbandry
  • Strong veterinary technician skills and ability to learn and adapt to new procedures and equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Satisfactory completion of Zoo Atlanta’s training programs.
  • Must have achieved three years of "Meets" to "Exceeds" in the annual performance review.
  • Consistently demonstrate strong leadership skills in a team, acting as a positive role model for other staff
  • Demonstrated accomplishment of one project a year after reaching Veterinary Technician II as defined in the annual performance review. Project to be within the fields of research, training, or special projects (e.g., published articles, presentations, measurable activities)
  • Must meet any additional specific criteria established for the Veterinary Technician III position in the primary department

MISC: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment

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