Veterinary Technician I

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-856629
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 05, 2023
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Veterinary Technician I

Department: Veterinary Services

Reports to: Senior Veterinary Technician

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Full-time

Who we are: Minutes from downtown, Zoo Atlanta is the oldest and one of the most respected cultural destinations in the Southeast’s largest and most vibrant city. Culture, dining, nightlife, and famously eclectic neighborhoods, not to mention a temperate climate year-round, attract a growing number of newcomers to the one-and-only Atlanta. Atlanta is known as the “City in the Trees,” with the Zoo and surrounding neighborhood showcasing why. The zoo is in a strong financial position and is committed to investing in our staff and facilities to continue our focus on animal care, research, and conservation. We offer competitive pay rates, a diverse animal collection and an enriching work environment. We are looking for new team members dedicated to providing the best in animal welfare. 

As an organization, Zoo Atlanta’s points of pride include being one of only three zoos in the U.S. to house giant pandas; home of one of North America’s largest populations of great apes; and a longtime reputation for excellence in the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Our mission sets us apart, and every day at Zoo Atlanta is an opportunity for discovery, a chance to contribute to conservation, and a way to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community.


What we offer: As a workplace, Zoo Atlanta is very proud of a commitment to diversity and inclusion and a competitive compensation and benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to outstanding medical coverage and 403b retirement program match; vacation time buy and sell; professional development training; paid time off for community volunteering; and more.

Perks for this full-time position include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan (403b) with employer match after 12 months of service
  • Paid time off includes vacation, sick and personal days plus holidays
  • Tuition assistance program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee short term and long-term disability insurance paid for by Zoo Atlanta
  • Opportunities for professional development paid for by Zoo Atlanta
  • Local discounts and free admission to partnering attractions
  • Complimentary family Zoo membership
  • Discounted pricing on individual and family education programs, such as Safari CampTwilight TrekNightCrawlerSurvival Safari, and much more!
  • Join the standby list for free behind-the-scenes encounters with elephants, lemurs, giant pandas, aldabra tortoises!

Who you are:  Reporting to the Senior Veterinary Technician, the Veterinary Technician I is responsible for carrying out medical duties and animal husbandry duties as assigned by the senior veterinary technician and veterinary staff.

How to apply:  Please apply directly on the Zoo Atlanta Careers website  at


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
  • Participates in 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
  • Understand and support Zoo Atlanta’s Strategic and Master Plans and veterinary departmental procedures and policies


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
  • Aid 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

Experience and Skills:

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 one year 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
  • Willing and able (when appropriate) to handle and restrain animals, including potentially dangerous animals after suitable training


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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