Veterinary Technician

Updated: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:45

About Us:

The mission of the California Science Center is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives.

The California Science Center is one of the world's leading science centers devoted to science learning. It is among the most attended museums in North America, with over 2.5 million guests each year for the past two years and is the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The California Science Center is currently developing a major expansion, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. The California Science Center holds prestigious accreditations by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The California Science Center is a department of the State of California (State) and who works in partnership with the not-for-profit California Science Center Foundation (Foundation) to bring our mission to life. Visit us on the web to learn more: californiasciencecenter.org.

Summary:

Under the supervision of the Husbandry Manager, the Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing support and coverage to the full-time Veterinary Technician and Veterinarian for a collection of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates. Works collaboratively with others to support a high quality animal health management program.

Major Job Responsibilities:

• Performs medical procedures, including administering/monitoring anesthesia, radiology, blood collection, euthanasia, etc. under the supervision of a veterinarian.
• Assists Veterinarian in performing routine diagnostic tests, including hematology, biochemistry analyses, cytology, and parasitology.
• Maintains hospital inventory, order and cleanliness.
• Monitors the health and welfare of hospitalized and quarantined animals.
• Assists in administering medical treatments within the limitations of the law, including medical calculations such as dilutions & dosages and dispensing & tracking drugs with precision.
• Coordinates and streamlines veterinary rounds and case scheduling for efficient use of veterinary time.
• In conjunction with Husbandry Supervisors, assesses and communicates new animal problems to the Veterinarian, evaluating and triaging new cases as they arise.
• Maintains medical records, tracking treatments performed, medications given, and laboratory reports received.
• Assists with necropsies, including recording observations and findings and collecting/preparing/tracking tissues for evaluation.
• Coordinates, trains, and supervises veterinary volunteers.
• Performs other duties as needed

Qualifications:

• California RVT license required or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire.
• 1+ year veterinary technician experience under the supervision of a veterinarian required. Experience with exotic animals highly preferred. This would include the ability to properly use common veterinary medical supplies and equipment, administer animal medications, and safely handle/restrain a variety of animals.
• Experience working with USDA, FDA, AZA, and other regulatory standards and policies with regard to veterinary care for captive collections required.
• Ability to perform basic in-house laboratory tests, such as fecal analysis, hematocrit, and cytology.
• Working knowledge of standard husbandry skills for a variety of animals.
• Ability to use computer programs such as Outlook, Word and Excel
• Demonstrated proficiency of safely handling/restraining a variety of animals.
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines.
• Self-starter with excellent attention to detail and the capacity to use good judgement and use of decision-making authority.
• Good written and oral communication skills required; including the ability to clearly, compassionately, and respectfully engage in discussion and prevent/resolve conflict with a diverse staff in a team setting.
• Ability to remain calm and focused during stressful situations.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a large team environment. .
• Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends, holidays and some evenings

Salary:

$21.00 - $22.00 an hour. 

Apply:

Send Cover Letter, Resume, Salary Target and Job Application to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to HR@cscmail.org, or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. Only applications that include a cover letter, resume, salary target and completed job application will be considered.  No phone calls please. EOE.