Veterinary Technician Position
The Georgia Aquarium is seeking applicants for a Veterinary Technician. This individual will report directly to the Animal Health Coordinator. Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and full benefits, including support of continuing education. The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:
- Completion of a program in veterinary technology or equivalent experience working as a full-time veterinary technician
- Three years of experience with aquatic, zoo and/or non-domestic species
- One year of clinical experience in an AZA accredited institution, or equivalent
- Familiarity with diagnostic procedures including but not limited to radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy
- Experience with anesthesia/sedation procedures
- Experience with clinical pathology procedures such as manual CBC’s and cytology
- Experience with and willingness to participate in gross pathology procedures
- Willingness to participate in and support scientific studies and clinical projects
- Strong leadership skills; previous experience supervising/mentoring staff, volunteers and/or students preferred
- Above average ability to organize, manage time and set priorities while meeting deadlines
- Effective problem analysis and resolution skills and the ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet needs
- Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality
- Superior verbal and written communication skills
The Department of Animal Health at the Georgia Aquarium provides a unique opportunity in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital and provides optimal veterinary health care for a collection consisting of aquatic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, elasmobranch and teleost fish and invertebrates. The Animal Health team currently consists of the Sr. Vice President for Animal Health, Research and Conservation, the Senior Director of Animal Health, a Senior Veterinarian & Residency Coordinator, a Sr. Associate Veterinarian, an Associate Veterinarian, a Veterinary Resident, an Animal Health Coordinator, four Veterinary Technicians and a Veterinary Technician Assistant.
This position will fill the 4th Veterinary Technician position that is currently vacant. The veterinary resident position is part of a joint residency program in zoo, aquatic and exotic animal medicine with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoological Medicine Service and Zoo Atlanta. Through the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, there is also an established aquatic veterinary pathology program with a faculty pathologist and two residents that work closely with Georgia Aquarium, Animal Health.
The Veterinary Technicians support the daily operation of the Animal Health Department, including activities at our satellite facilities. Under the guidance of the veterinarians, the technicians work directly with collection animals performing diagnostic procedures and administering treatments in addition to assisting with the maintenance of clinical records and implementation of a program of preventative medicine. They are able to operate and maintain medical and diagnostic equipment and related instrumentation in all areas of the Animal Health Department. The technicians are responsible for processing and management of diagnostic sample submissions as well as the organization and distribution of data generated from those samples. They work interdependently with other Animal Health staff, Zoological Operations staff and veterinarians and staff from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine to ultimately yield the highest standard of aquatic animal health care and provide a reliable program of Quality Control.
The following application materials should be submitted electronically to Kristen Jetzke Animal Health Coordinator Director, Animal Health at email@example.com by 22 June 2016:
- a curriculum vitae or resume
- a letter of intent reflecting the applicant's goals in the area of aquatic animal medicine
- 3 letters of recommendation, two of which should be written by veterinarians
Applicants should also visit the Georgia Aquarium website to fill out an electronic application for the Veterinary Technician position.