The Wildlife Licensed Veterinary Technician 2 is a member of the PAWS’ Wildlife Veterinary team, reporting directly to the Senior Director of Wildlife, Companion Animal Services, and Education and is expected to be responsible for the daily care of wild patients receiving veterinary care; assisting veterinarians and rehabilitation staff with pre-, peri-, and post-operative care of wild patients; and maintaining smooth wildlife health operations.
Works directly with the wildlife veterinarians to assure the safety, health and behavioral needs of wildlife patients, assuring that all veterinary procedures are performed in a highly efficient and effective manner.
Performs daily activities to assist the veterinary and rehabilitation staff. These duties include emergency and critical care treatment, pre-medicating, restraint and handling of animals, routine collection and analysis and shipment of laboratory diagnostic samples (for in-house and outside labs), radiographic positioning and imaging, anesthetic induction and monitoring and assisting in surgery as needed.
Supports, coordinates, facilitates and administers treatments with the rehabilitation staff under the direction of a veterinarian. Assists with patient rechecks as needed.
Performs all duties related to purchasing of pharmaceuticals, hospital and laboratory supplies, maintaining pharmaceutical inventory, and properly disposing of expired drugs and supplies.
Maintains complete and accurate patient records in Raptormed, PAWS’ electronic database. Ensures accuracy in the controlled substance logbooks.
Updates veterinary rounds list daily to reflect current status of patients in veterinary care and provide a daily summary of patients that underwent veterinary care in the rehabilitator notes.
Performs automated and manual laboratory tests, including hematology, parasitology and cytology.
Trains PAWS Wildlife emergency team members semi-annually in the spring and fall. Acts as part of the emergency response team for animal escapes and can shoot darts accurately.
Maintains and sterilizes surgical packs and instruments.
Performs hospital maintenance and cleaning, including sterilization and organization of medical and laboratory equipment, maintenance of darting and other equipment, and maintenance of oxygen supply for wildlife hospital.
Other Responsibilities Include:
Humanely euthanizes wildlife patients according to written policies and procedures and under the direction of a veterinarian.
Ensures compliance with established disease control, and health and safety rules and communicates directly with the Rehabilitation Manager to ensure rehabilitation team is compliant.
Maintains a high level of cleanliness, sanitation, disinfection and quality control in the treatment, surgery, radiology and laboratory areas. Maintains a tidy and organized workplace to ensure high productivity. Assists in maintaining medical, surgical and diagnostic equipment and associated recordkeeping and licensing requirements.
Displays a positive attitude and acts as a motivating force for all staff members.
Manages the wildlife veterinary technician student externship program including recruiting, screening and selecting successful applicants. Responsible for documenting student progress and formal reporting to each student’s college.
Trains rehabilitators, veterinary technician students, and new staff members to utilize our patient care protocols. Assists in training of veterinary interns and externs as needed.
Responds appropriately during an emergency, able to take directions from a veterinarian and direct others during the event and maintain competency during emergency procedures.
Provides daily care for animals while in the hospital, nursery and/or quarantine when staff rehabilitators are unavailable, including feeding, cleaning, and observing health status.
Remains current on veterinary technology methods through literature review, attending conferences, meetings and workshops, and networking with the rehabilitation and veterinary community.
Assists with research and disease surveillance projects within the wildlife center.
Other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor.
Work is performed both in and out of the wildlife center buildings.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and use hands to handle or feel.
The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach, climb, stoop, kneel, and crouch.
Lifting animals is one of the most physically tasking job aspects, must be able to lift a minimum of fifty pounds.
Substantial physical exertion is also required to move and restrain heavy animals.
This position relies heavily on all senses every day to evaluate patients.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus while evaluating, examining and darting patients, monitoring surgery and post-mortem examinations, and/or using a microscope.
Touch is important for physical examinations, taking blood samples, performing surgical procedures and giving medication.
Hearing is important for communicating with co-workers, visitors and patients, and listening for heartbeats and breathing.
Smell is important for identifying some diseases, infections, body fluids, medications, etc.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to x-rays, hazardous chemicals, drugs, and dangerous animals, and contagious disease.
The employee is sometimes exposed to various environmental conditions, including wet/humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather, when working with animals.
The position also spends a moderate amount of time at a computer.
Licensed/registered Veterinary Technician degree from accredited organization; and a minimum of two years of experience as a licensed technician in the care and treatment of animals; or equivalent experience. Good standing in the State of Washington.
Associate in Veterinary Technology Degree from an AVMA-accredited program preferred.
Previous experience with non-domestic, wildlife species or zoo animals preferred.
Knowledge of natural history and behavior of native wildlife species is essential. Pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis will be mandatory.
Maintain communication in an effective and professional manner with the public, trainees, volunteers and all PAWS staff members.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, nights and/or holidays as needed; must also be able to share a 24/7 on-call schedule in case of emergency situations as needed.
Must be willing and able to handle individual animals in a caring and respectful manner, in a high-volume wildlife center, dealing with high stress and busy conditions. Human and animal safety must be a priority.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team, in consultation with the Veterinarian, and independently with little supervision.
Able to provide first-response and emergency first-aid patient care in the absence of the Veterinarian required.
Basic understanding of radiology equipment and positioning various species for radiographs for quality diagnostic images, and the ability to troubleshooting problems with the equipment; must have the ability to translate these skills to portable radiograph equipment in the field required.
Knowledge and experience with or ability to learn Microsoft Office programs and wildlife database systems is required.
Must be able to work cooperatively with people and to communicate clearly about PAWS’ mission, the care and treatment of animals, and the safety of the public, other staff and volunteers. A strong team orientation is necessary.
Strong organizational and time management skills are needed. Demonstrated leadership skills will be helpful. A functional level of computer literacy is expected.
Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington driver’s license with no major or repeated minor traffic offenses and auto-insurance with required coverage limits.
Client contact is minimized using a walk-up window only system. Employees and clients wear face covers at work when applicable. Specific cleaning and disinfection protocols are in place.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
PAWS is an equal opportunity employer. PAWS employment decisions are made based on merit and business needs. PAWS is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
All PAWS positions receive written performance evaluations after the first 90 days and annually thereafter.
Please submit a Cover Letter stating your qualifications and why you are interested in this position, Resume, and Completed PAWS Employment Application (http://www.paws.org/about/employment/).
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
Generous benefits available including health/vision/dental/disability/life insurance, 403(b) with Company contribution and match, paid time off, paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program, pet supply discounts, discounts for veterinary services.
About PAWS Wildlife Center
Since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education.
Since PAWS Wildlife Center opened in 1981, PAWS has cared for more than 128,000 wild animals. In 2019 alone, we admitted over 5,000 animals. Our primary goal is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, restore them to full health, and return them to the wild as functioning members of their wild population. Our wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary teams continues to rise to the challenge of providing specialized and superior care for more than 260 species, from eagles and otters to hummingbirds and bears. We are one of only two centers in the state able to rehabilitate marine mammals, primarily harbor seals, and the only facility in Washington equipped to rehabilitate Black bears. Our veterinary team is comprised of one full-time and one part-time veterinarian and two full-time licensed veterinary technicians, providing veterinary coverage seven days a week, 365 days a year. The PAWS Wildlife Center consists of 14 full and part-time staff, an...d additional seasonal staff, interns and hundreds of volunteers to complete our suite of wildlife services.