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Veterinary Technician

Wildlife Conservation Society: New York Aquarium
Brooklyn, United States Posted: May 24, 2023

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run field programs spanning 60 countries and the entire ocean. We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in-class science; we protect through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence. Our more than 4,000 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.

Position Summary:

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, located on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York has an opening for a full-time Veterinary Technician. The Veterinary Technician will serve as a vital member of the Aquatic Health Department, caring for diverse taxa including pinnipeds, sea otters, penguins, aquatic reptiles, teleost and elasmobranch fish, and aquatic invertebrates. The Veterinary Technician will assist veterinarians and other Aquatic Health team members in providing excellent care and treatment of animals in the WCS collection, in training professionals, students, and volunteers, and in supporting the mission of WCS.

The Aquatic Health Department includes two veterinarians, two veterinary technicians, a hospital manager, a program assistant, a water quality laboratory manager, and three water quality analysts. Volunteers, veterinary residents, veterinary student externs, and veterinary technician student externs are also frequently onsite. Under the direction and supervision of the Hospital Manager, Senior Veterinary Technician, and veterinarians, the veterinary technician will maintain and operate the Aquatic Animal Health Center and associated clinical laboratory and animal care facilities.

The Veterinary Technician will perform all expected functions of a zoo/aquarium vet tech, including setting-up, assisting with, and cleaning up after anesthetic and surgical procedures, in-hospital or on-grounds treatments, performance of diagnostic imaging (radiographs, ultrasonography), and collection, processing, and shipping diagnostic samples (blood, skin scrapes/gill clips, cytologies, fecals, etc.), and filling prescriptions. Other responsibilities include coordinating the preventative health care program, performing gross necropsies on fish and invertebrates, assisting water quality staff with sample collection or assessments, performing system-wide (water-based) medical treatments, maintaining hospital inventory, maintaining controlled drug log, training volunteers and externs, and maintaining accurate and timely medical records. Opportunities may exist to assist at the other WCS zoological parks and to participate in local conservation and fieldwork. Participation within professional organizations such as AZVT is encouraged.

  • This position requires a veterinary technician degree
  • New York State Veterinary Technician license (or eligibility)
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working full-time as a veterinary technician, preferably in a zoo or aquarium.

WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled


15 Vacation Days, 13 Holidays, 12 Paid-Time-Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Pension Savings Plan, $3200 tuition reimbursement, access to parks, zoos, and aquarium, discounts on merchandise and food, plus much more…

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