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Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) in Scottsdale, Arizona is seeking an experienced veterinary technician. SWCC rescues native wild animals that have lost their homes to development, or are found injured, orphaned, or abandoned. When possible, the animals in our care are rehabilitated and released back to the wild where they belong. Those animals that are not releasable can live out their lives at our accredited sanctuary. SWCC shares its knowledge and passion about wildlife through education, hoping to inspire people to respect wildlife and conserve habitat for it.

Position Summary

This is a part-time position with the need for some schedule flexibility for emergency cases. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with at least 2-years’ experience, CVT given preference. Experience with zoo or wildlife medicine a plus, also equine experience. A demonstrated history of the ability to work well with others as well as having excellent organizational and time management skills is necessary.   

The Veterinary Technician will support Southwest’s mission by providing veterinary care for sanctuary animals and immediate medical care of wildlife coming in on emergency. This position provides support for medical and surgical management of cases, administration of a preventive health program, diagnostic laboratory capabilities, basic animal husbandry, training, emergency triage/support, and other technical support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administer preventive, routine, emergency medical and surgical care and treatment to animals in the sanctuary collection, and incoming wildlife. 
  • Triage incoming wildlife trauma cases
  • Assist in the restraint and immobilization of animals, including capture, physical restraint, administration of sedatives and anesthetics, intubation, monitoring of anesthesia, and facilitating recovery. 
  • Assist with grounds checks, treatments, and vaccinations. 
  • Ensure complete electronic and hard-copy medical records, including anesthesia records, controlled drug logs, treatment sheets, diagnostic laboratory results using ZIMS.
  • Prepare for veterinary procedures in-hospital and on-grounds.  Post procedure: restore the order, cleanliness, and functionality of supplies and equipment. 
  • Perform diagnostic tests in the hospital laboratory; additionally, research, prepare and coordinate submission of samples to outside diagnostic laboratories. 
  • Maintain the hospital and associated animal enclosures to ensure veterinary standards of sanitation and welfare. 
  • Maintain the cleanliness, order, and functionality of the laboratory, biobanked materials, necropsy area, pathology cooler, etc and help ensure proper waste disposal 
  • Work with all veterinary staff to support smooth, efficient, high-quality operation of hospital. 
  • Assist with mentorship of veterinary students, veterinary technician interns, volunteers and new hospital employees. 
  • Provide positive professional interactions and accurate information regarding animals in care to staff, visitors, vendors and volunteers. 
  • Assist with the success of the guest experience component of the hospital  
  • Must be available to work additional hours for medical and surgical care of animals and be on-call, if needed. 
  • Maintain hospital equipment in good working order and troubleshoot as needed. 
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays. 
  • Provide care for animals that are hospitalized and in quarantine, including behavioral monitoring and training in conjunction with the animal care department. 
  • Attend and actively participates in daily organizational meetings, hospital staff meetings and other meetings as needed. 
  • Fill prescriptions and order routine and special-order pharmacy items. 
  • Assist in keeping track of hospital inventory and supplies   
  • Participate in other programs, such as conservation and community outreach, when possible and applicable.
  • Provide support for biomaterials collection, banking, and send outs.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Excellent communication abilities 
  • Team player
  • Ability to receive assignments and complete within appropriate time period with substantial independence
  • Ability to interact with SWCC staff, volunteers and public in professional and informative manner.
  • Competency in computer skills: word processor, spreadsheets, internet, and networks

Physical requirements

  • Must be in good health and able to walk on uneven surfaces, climb low fencing, bend, twist, and stretch
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions including dust, heat, and storms
  • Employees will encounter pests such as insects, snakes and rodents
  • Ability to obtain current negative TB test and tetanus vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccine is a requirement if chosen, SWCC can help facilitate the cost

To Apply
Send cover letter detailing interest and a resume to Linda Moore at linda.moore@southwestwildlife.org. No phone calls will be accepted.

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