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Veterinary Technician Externship

Texas State Aquarium
Corpus Christi, United States Posted: May 02 2023

The veterinary externship program at Texas State Aquarium is designed for veterinary students to observe and assist veterinary staff in day-to-day operation of the veterinary clinics at both the main aquarium and wildlife rescue center. 

Essential Functions 
  • Observe and/or assist with veterinary procedures and monitor patients during anesthetic events as approved by veterinary staff.
  • Collect, or assist with collection of, biological samples from husbandry collection and rehabilitation animals.
  • Observe and/or Assist with the collection of diagnostic images (radiographs, ultrasound, computed tomography, endoscopy).
  • Process laboratory samples in-house and/or package for submission to outside laboratories.
  • Enter medical record data, including laboratory results, anesthesia reports, necropsy findings, and others as requested.
  • Maintain hospital by helping with cleaning and organizing of equipment and facility.
  • Assist with the medical care and treatment of animals in rehabilitation.
  • Perform necropsies as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Provide exceptional guest service.
  • Adhere to all OSHA regulations.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Adhere to all government/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.
  • Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Volunteer Manual.
  • Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Animal Husbandry Manual.
Experience Required

Must be enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician/technology program and have at least 1 year of experience in the veterinary field, preferably working with exotic animals and/or in the zoo/aquarium field or in wildlife rehabilitation.

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