Job title: Wildlife Veterinary Nurse Intern
Reports to: Hospital & Animal Manager
Supervises: Wildlife interns and volunteers
Start Date: Immediate
WRI provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature.
WRI’s Wildlife Hospital, the only dedicated Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital in Ireland, is currently offering a full-time, live-in internship for a wildlife Veterinary Nurse.
Working alongside the Animal Manager, the Veterinary Nurse has responsibilities in all aspects of medical care for Ireland’s injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. A full range of Ireland’s native wild bird and mammal species are brought to the WRI Wildlife Hospital annually.
The Wildlife Veterinary Nurse is a member of the WRI Wildlife Hospital veterinary team. In conjunction with the Animal Manager, the Veterinary Nurse is responsible for the daily medical care of wildlife patients, including critical care, anaesthesia, examinations, wound care, physical therapy, feeding plans, and species-specific husbandry, among other responsibilities.
In conjunction with the Animal Manager, the Veterinary Nurse must be willing to teach and direct other interns, volunteers, and students.
The Veterinary Nurse will be part of a growing medical team at WRI Wildlife Hospital.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Wildlife Veterinary Nurse will:
• Assist in the medical care of wildlife patients.
• Train interns and volunteers as directed by the Hospital and Animal Managers.
• Ensure the Wildlife Hospital has the supplies and medications needed to efficiently and effectively carry out duties on a daily basis.
• Identify and suggest ways to improve both medical and rehabilitative care of patients as part of the broader hospital team.
Assist in the creation and compliance of protocols and procedures.
Ensure adherence to local laws and safety rules.
Perform daily interactions via face-to-face, phone, or email with the public and colleagues at other centres including rehabilitators and veterinary staff.
Adhere to appropriate social distancing and other guidelines such as facemasks during pandemic.
Remain current on veterinary medicine as required for maintaining licensure, but also to ensure we are providing the highest-level care possible for patients.
Registered Veterinary Nurse degree from accredited third level institution.
A minimum of two years experience as a full time registered Veterinary Nurse in the care and treatment of wild animals in a facility with over 1000 patients/year.
Up-to-date tetanus and rabies vaccinations.
Ability to perform common veterinary diagnostics including radiology and faecal examination.
Ability to perform triage and initiate appropriate treatments.
Flexibility to work varying schedules including work on weekends when needed.
Experience and knowledge in the natural history and behaviour of native Irish wildlife species is preferred.
Consistently at work and on time.
Follows instructions and responds to management direction.
Does not misrepresent self, the organisation, or use position or authority for personal gain.
Listens and responds constructively to others' views.
Gives and welcomes feedback.
Helps others when they need it.
Acknowledges others' effort and contribution.
Puts success of team above own interests.
Creates a positive work environment.
As well as being part of this great team, you will be experiencing the building of Ireland’s first dedicated wildlife hospital and all the excitement that goes with such a project. As the Wildlife Veterinary Nurse intern you will receive full bed and board on site in our large apartment.
Please submit a cover letter stating qualifications and interest, curriculum vitae, and a reference to email@example.com
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