Aullwood Audubon seeks a Large Animal Veterinary Technician to help develop, implement, and maintain their 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.
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 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, hoof trimming, 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.
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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