Curator of Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Technician- Exotics/Museum
NC MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Type: Full Time
Salary: $18 (hour)
Vet Tech / Nurse / Assistant
This is an F/T, Time Limited (up to 11 month) position; Hours: 40 hours per week (Tues-Sat), including Weekends and Holidays; As such, the position is not entitled to retirement benefits but is eligible to purchase the NC High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) insurance.
2 Year Degree
Start Date: October 30th, 2023
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Position Status: This is an up to 11 month temporary position
Hours: 40 hours per week, including Weekends and Holidays Schedule: Typically Tuesday- Saturday (Sun & Mon off) with variability as needed
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Curator in the VetS section of the Museum and is supervised by the Coordinator of VetS. Position assists the Chief Veterinarian & Clinical Veterinarian with medical procedures and medical management of the Museum’s diverse collection of live animals including hundreds of invertebrates, fish, amphibians, non-venomous and venomous reptiles, birds, and mammals. This position performs duties in the Window on Animal Health and One Health veterinary medical laboratory in the Nature Research Center (NRC). The scope of work of this position includes animal husbandry, veterinary medical procedures, assisting with surgical procedures, animal handling, quality control, and education. The position coordinates medical treatments and standards of medical management of live animals as directed by the Chief Veterinarian and performed by other Living Collections section staff.
As this is an 11-month time limited position (limited time for training/onboarding), this position will initially and primarily be responsible for housekeeping and animal husbandry within the VetS section, public & intern education, data entry, pharmacy inventory, maintaining supplies/instruments, transporting specimens, and shipping diagnostic samples, and performing lab work/diagnostics such as bloodwork, microscopy, radiographs, and postmortem evaluations. Additional opportunities such as assisting with procedures, performing treatments, and gaining technical skills will become available as time and training permit.
Clinical duties include preparing live animals for medical exams and procedures, assisting with exams, and performing tests that aid in the diagnosis of disease and treatment of veterinary patients.
Position inputs data from procedures such as animal evaluations, laboratory results (both internal and external), photos, and scanned documents into the RaptorMed medical records management system.
Position maintains the Museum’s Veterinary Sciences laboratory and associated veterinary clinical spaces, including the special procedures surgery space, medical isolation, medical quarantine, wildlife and research animal isolation, and medical holding rooms. Work includes management of the pharmacy and ordering new medications when needed, as this position orders and maintains equipment and supplies for VetS.
Position exercises independent judgment in planning and scheduling work, and establishes procedures for assembly, sterilization, and preparation of clinical equipment and instruments.
Position participates in the weekend and holiday schedule by working 50% or more of weekends and holidays in coordination with the Coordinator of VetS.
Position travels regularly within 50 miles of the Museum to deliver and pick up veterinary medical samples and supplies as needed or transport animals under veterinary care.
To apply: Submit a pd-107 (found at the following link http://oshr.nc.gov/document/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107) along with a cover letter & resume/CV (include information regarding Veterinary Experience, Exotic Animal Experience, Leadership/Organizational Experience) to the Coordinator of Veterinary Sciences, Shane Christian: email@example.com
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
Knowledge of biology, zoology, natural history and experience in the care, husbandry, nutrition, and general healthcare of live amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, and invertebrates.
Knowledge of animal common diseases including zoonosis, treatments and restraint, and surgical/diagnostic procedures and techniques pertaining to wildlife, exotic, avian, aquatic, and zoo animal species.
Knowledge of aseptic techniques, patient monitoring equipment, and medical laboratory equipment typically used for veterinary medical procedures.
Knowledge of life support systems and operations.
Assisting veterinarians with procedures for the diagnoses and treatment of illness and disease in Museum species by handling, restraining, and performing technical procedures.
Recognizing common clinical signs and symptoms of potential diseases or disorders.
Assisting veterinarian as directed by performing post-mortem examination of wildlife, avian, aquatic, and zoological animal species specimens.
Competency with computers and basic software such as MS Office Suite & telemedicine software.
Ability to safely manage emergency situations efficiently and effectively and trouble shoot problems.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and maintain detailed accurate records and files and to conduct oral informal public presentations.
Ability to work independently and as an active team member and to train and supervise interns/volunteers.
Ability to regularly perform physically demanding activities such as lifting over 50 pounds and climbing up and down stairs and ladders, standing for much of the workday, enduring outdoor field conditions at any time of year, negotiating uneven outdoor terrain on foot, and driving at day or at night.
Must possess a valid NC driver’s license (or obtain one within 30 days of employment).
*Education and Experience Recommended:
Minimum Education and Experience: Associate’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution in an American Veterinary Medical Association program with one year of related veterinary work experience; or High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and four years of animal care, veterinary or closely related research experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited institution with a major in veterinary technology, animal sciences, biology, zoology, or other natural science curriculum and experience working with a veterinarian in veterinary medicine and/or curatorial or teaching in natural science. Experience as a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant working with health management and basic husbandry of live aquatic and terrestrial species including a diverse mix of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and/or invertebrates. Five years combined education and work experience preferred.
The Primary Purpose of the Veterinary Sciences (VetS) Section is to support the Museum’s mission through direct medical care of Museum animals in addition to education, research, conservation, and collaboration for the advancement of animal health and welfare.