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Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

Position Summary

This is a full-time or possible 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 3 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. Pay is commensurate with experience.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Triage cases, give immediate supportive care, report to veterinarian for further instructions. Provide nursing and intensive care.  

Assist veterinarians with capture and restraint, medical procedures, surgeries. Must have working knowledge of animal sedation and anesthesiology.     

Oversee all clinic operations, including but not limited to:

  • Treatments, medications and dietary requirements of clinic animals.
  • Set IV catheters.
  • Take radiographs and adjust as needed for clarity.
  • Obtain and run samples in house for hematology, urology and parasitology evaluation.  
  • Submit samples to outside labs and report results when obtained.
  • Pharmacy inventory.
  • Maintain drug logs.
  • Set up surgery packs.
  • Chemistry and CBC unit maintenance.
  • Be familiar with all medical equipment and restraint equipment, keeping it cleaned, maintained and ready for use.
  • Maintain flawless records of animal residents, both permanent and temporary, including enclosure moves, identification methods, medical records. Use of ZIMS required.
  • File year end reports for government agencies. Familiarity with USDA, animal welfare, rehabilitation requirements and adherence to same.
  • Maintain database for support entities, i.e. food suppliers, veterinarians, equipment repair, etc.
  • Ensuring the clinic is clean, organized, and well stocked with items needed to keep it that way. 
  • Organizing and maintaining surgical packs for field use.
  • Oversee medical needs of resident animals including daily medicine or dietary requirements, set up and adherence to preventative medicine programs such as worming, vaccination schedules.
  • Training and supervision of volunteer staff.

Physical requirements

  • Must have current rabies and tetanus vaccination status or be willing to obtain.
  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to lift 50 pounds.  
  • Must be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions, especially heat. 
  • Must be able to obtain valid Arizona drivers license and provide own transportation.
  • Requires contact with wild animals, including animal dander, excrement, blood and hair.
  • Employees will encounter pests such as snakes, insects and rodents. 

Application process

Send letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to Linda Moore at linda.moore@southwestwildlife.org. No phone calls accepted.

 

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