The Veterinary Technician II is a key position in the Veterinary Hospital. Under the supervision of the Hospital Manager and the Director of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Technician II provides patient care, supervises the hospital, and oversees the Veterinary Technician I staff and interns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: •Responsible for proficiently catching and restraining any variety of avian species. •Oversee Vet Tech I’s performance with the daily schedule of medical procedures and patient care. •Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training, scheduling, planning, assigning and directing work; and evaluating the performance of the Vet Tech Is to ensure a high standard of care is maintained. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Aviary’s policies and applicable laws. •Assist veterinarians with medical procedures, such as triage, wound care, anesthesia, and surgery. •Perform diagnostic testing and lab processing. Participate in daily treatments. Oversee Pharmacy inventory and dispensing. •Directly supervise hospital wards with careful inspection of animal well-being, safety, and cleanliness. Participate in the daily patient husbandry and nutrition routines. •Train and supervise student interns in the Teaching Hospital Program. •Directly supervise hospital inventory and medical equipment with a high level of organization. •Use a high level of communication skills when managing staff and interns. Supervise in a professional manner which promotes team-work, open communication, and respect among team members. Prioritize team-building and positive communication. •Support the National Aviary’s mission and goals of high quality visitor experiences, educational and conservation messaging. Interact with visitors utilizing the Aviary Visitor Engagement protocol.
Qualifications •Competency in the following avian medicine skills, including but not limited to, physical examinations, diagnostic testing, radiographs, pharmacy, anesthesia, surgery, and necropsy. Knowledgeable & experienced with handling a variety of avian species. •Knowledgeable and experienced in standard zoo practices including quarantine, preventative medicine, and breeding programs. •Chosen candidate must be able to pass the required criminal background investigations and obtain a PA Child Abuse Clearance. Excellent benefits package. All essential duties are subject to reasonable accommodations.
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About National Aviary
The National Aviary is an AZA-accredited zoo exhibiting over 600 birds, including 200 species. In addition to exhibit birds, there are over 250 birds in breeding, education, and bird show programs. The aviary's hospital mission is to provide quality veterinary care for the collection and to advance avian medicine for all birds.