Veterinary Technician

Division / Title
Veterinary Services / Veterinary Technician

Reporting relationship
Director of Veterinary Services

Job Summary
The Veterinary Technician is a full-time, salary position responsible for carrying out the orders of the attending veterinarian in regards to patient care in the hospital area. The Veterinary Technician will ensure patient care is administered properly and in a timely manner, provide communication with LMC volunteers and visitors regarding patient care and procedures as necessary, and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work. The Veterinary Technician will assist in supervising and coordinating hospital technicians, volunteers, and interns.


Core Responsibilities

Responsible for responding to stranding calls and capturing, restraining, and handling patients.

Responsible for preparing and administering medications and other daily medical treatments as prescribed and directed by the attending veterinarian, and charting and recording of clinical data and treatments in electronic medical records.

Monitors patients and reports conditions to attending veterinarian or certified veterinary technicians.

Responsible for preparing food, performing feedings, and weekly patient weights and measurements.

Responsible for and preparing treatment rooms for patient exams and procedures, and cleaning and disinfecting materials, equipment, and tanks.

Responsible for collecting specimens and performing laboratory procedures.

Assists in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures and necropsies.

Assists with stocking and maintaining medicines and supplies.

Assists with supervising and coordinating hospital volunteers and interns under the direction of the attending veterinarian.

Assists with research projects as directed.

As needed, assists with monitoring water quality.

Responsible opening and closing of LMC as acting staff member, and other duties as assigned.


Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

Associate or Bachelor’s degree in biology, animal care, or related field preferred.

Veterinary Technician degree from an accredited institution (e.g., CVT, LVT) and national veterinary technician certification or license required.

Experience working with sea turtles required.

Skilled and knowledgeable in the use of medical equipment including digital radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia machine, doppler, cold laser therapy, V.A.C. therapy, and fluid administration.

Desired lab skills include manual CBC on reptiles, use of Abaxis Vet Scan and iSTAT, centrifuge, and refractometers.

This position requires several hours of outdoor work and requires staff to be physically fit, able to swim, and able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Must be able to work an on-call and  flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, and evenings.

Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to follow instructions.

Valid driver’s license required.


About Us

Founded in 1983, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida that provides open access to all guests. Today the Center is a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational education programs and partner with nearly 100 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In early 2022, we will open a new 27,500 square-foot campus that greatly expands our exhibition, education, and convening space and doubles our medical facilities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position involves working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions. Successful applicants must be comfortable in a highly dynamic environment working long hours in the sun and at night in extreme conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be willing and able to travel for offsite work and possess a valid driver’s license.

Notes 
This is a salaried and exempt full-time position. The successful incumbent may be required to perform tasks beyond the scope of this job description as requested by the supervisor. This recruitment may be used to select candidates for additional open positions. It is our policy that all team members, including newly hired, transferred, and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory 3 month period on the job. After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis.

To Apply
Interested applicants may submit their resume cover letter and the names of three references here.