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Veterinary Technician

National Aquarium
Baltimore, United States Posted: June 28, 2024

National Aquarium is seeking a full time licensed veterinary technician to join the Animal Care and Welfare Team. The responsibilities of this role will include providing veterinary technician support to National Aquarium’s collection (invertebrates, amphibians, fish, elasmobranchs, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and rescue animals (seals and sea turtles) under the direction of the veterinarians.

Essential Functions:
  • Performs daily medical treatments as instructed by the veterinarians.
  • Prepares medications to be administered, including accurate calculations of appropriate doses and filling of prescriptions.
  • Capable of performing clinical radiology demands of an exotic practice, including following technique charts, creating new machine settings if not available, and improvising with positioning techniques.
  • Performs phlebotomy on collection animals as well as rehabilitation/rescue animals.
  • Performs/assists in necropsies.
  • Assists veterinarians in surgical procedures including anesthesia administration and monitoring and appropriate surgical equipment set up.
  • Responds to emergency situations during or after hours.
  • Must be able to apply general principles of veterinary technician duties in novel animals and situations, utilizing primary experience, consulting with other professionals, and published references.
  • Updates computerized medical records as appropriate, including laboratory submissions.
  • Instrument and equipment maintenance.
  • Responsible for laboratory sample processing. On an as needed basis runs in-house parasitology and urinalysis samples.     
  • Provides feedback to veterinarians regarding clinical cases.        
  • Instructs veterinary preceptors and volunteers as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.
Qualifications/Position Requirements:
  • Must have at least 1-3 years of veterinary technician experience in comparable practice (AZA or exotics/wildlife experience preferred).
  • Registered through a state board as a Veterinary Technician or become registered within 6 months of employment.
  • Obtain Maryland Veterinary Technician license within 6 months of employment.
  • Ability to learn and effectively use all proprietary Aquarium software (Tracks) 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and/or evening hours, including on-call. 
  • Ability to perform duties that may include walking or standing for extended periods, lifting, climbing ladders, and working closely with others. 
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with diverse husbandry staff are essential. 
  • Employees assigned to this position will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle operator’s license, have an acceptable driving record, and possess the ability to drive a variety of vehicles (cars, vans/trucks). 
  • Must be competent in practice of veterinary technology, drug calculations, medical department protocols (i.e. Quarantine, Controlled Drugs), clinical laboratory practices/procedures, ordering procedures, and equipment operation/maintenance.
  • Must possess capacity to become knowledgeable regarding aquatic and exotic animal anatomy and be able to apply standard clinical/veterinary technician procedures to an aquarium setting.
  • Must have an affinity for animals and have the capacity to make decisions based on the best interest of the collection.
  • Additionally, they should be able to quickly make decisions in emergencies. Must be able to evaluate situations and to know when to act independently or to seek consultation from veterinarian.
  • Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent in their application package.
  • Three letters of reference will be requested during the interview process.
  • The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.
  • Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment.
  • SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016.
  • With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.
  • Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 40-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities.
  • Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Its Animal Care and Welfare teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels.
  • Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

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