• Large Animal Veterinary Technician

    Job Locations
    US-OH-Dayton
    Type
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Education/Teaching
    ID
    2018-3573
    City
    Dayton
    State/Province
    OH
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

     


     

    Position Summary

    Aullwood Audubon seeks a Large Animal Veterinary Technician to help develop, implement, and maintain a new Rare and Endangered Breeds Program which will include the care of a wide variety of animals, mostly large animals, in a public farm setting. S/He will be responsible for maintaining the highest quality care for horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, turkeys, quail and ducks. This new program focuses on the preservation and conservation of rare and endangered livestock – as recognized by The Livestock Conservancy – as well as the re-introduction of native Northern Bobwhite Quail.

     

     

     

    Essential Functions

    • Manage the acquisition, care, and breeding of rare and endangered livestock breeds with the intent to contribute to the conservation of those breeds and to educate the public about the importance of their conservation;
    • Work with land steward, land manager and other staff on the reintroduction of native Northern Bobwhite Quail;
    • Design and maintain safe, secure, healthy and humane environment for all animals in a public display setting;
    • Oversee volunteers and interns who assist with animal feeding and pen/stall cleaning;
    • Conduct daily animal health inspections;
    • Work with veterinarians to develop vaccination schedules, and assist in castrations, tail docking, AI procedures, birthing, etc.
    • Establish and maintain appropriate feeding, watering and supplement schedules specific to each breed.
    • Develop policies for, and oversee quarantine of, new or sick animals.
    • Maintains all animal care and health records including vaccinations, breeding schedules, conditioning, treatments, etc.
    • Maintain all registry materials for purebred animals, including performing and recording tattoos.
    • Maintain stock of animal care and feed supplies, ordering and inventorying as necessary.
    • Perform basic diagnostics such as fecal analysis, basic injections, care of cuts and wounds, and/or surgery sites.
    • Work with farrier to schedule and provide proper hoof care for variety of animals and perform basic hoof trimming on small animals when necessary
    • Administer injections and take tissue or blood samples.
    • Maintaining birthing kits, supplies and records.
    • Communicate information to the public about a wide variety of animals.
    • Participate in weekly management meetings.
    • Updates professional knowledge through continuing education, reading professional journals, etc.
    • Work with educators to assist in the development of farm-related programming

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Associate’s degree in veterinary technology or animal science from an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited program required, Bachelor's degree preferred.  Must be licensed as a veterinarian technician.
    • 2+ years of experience in a veterinary technician role.
    • Clinical skills and an understanding of animal behavior, particularly large animal, and healthcare.
    • Knowledge of and experience with restraint methods for large animals.
    • Understanding of laws and regulations governing farm and animal care.
    • Proven time management skills and ability to complete varied responsibilities in a fast‐paced setting with keen attention to detail, thoroughness and accuracy.  Must understand how to prioritize the needs of multiple animals of various types.
    • Demonstrated proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
    • Strong collaborative work ethic and ability to work independently.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; must have the ability to communicate professionally with a variety of individuals.
    • Ability to think critically, share viewpoints, and participate in healthy debate for the betterment of the organization;
    • Ability to mentor interns, volunteers, and/or part time staff effectively.
    • Excellent judgment and a strong concern for safety of interns, volunteers, and the public
    • Ability to interact with a wide range of individuals including staff, volunteers and the general public, applying judgment, tact and discretion as situations demand.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning with or without accommodation.
    • Must be willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions and while maintaining a positive attitude and setting an example for staff and volunteers.
    • Must willing to work occasional evenings, early mornings, and weekends as the job demands.
    • Must possess a valid drivers’ license.

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