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Do you fancy yourself a bird expert? Are you an up and coming avian specialist? When you are asked the question, "Which is better a bird or a dinosaur?"- and your response is lengthy and scientific? Then maybe you have found your new career adventure!

Tracy Aviary and Botanical Garden is looking for a full-time Veterinary Technician. Qualifications must include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an approved university, or an Associate's degree from a veterinary technician program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Additionally, applicants must have at least one year of paid experience in the medical care and treatment of birds.

This position is responsible for supervising onsite veterinary operations, under the general direction of a Contract Veterinarian. This position reports directly to the Lead Aviculturist, and acts as a liaison between the veterinarian and bird care staff. Recognizing when working with animals, normal work days can change quickly, this position may need to be flexible in regards to responding to emergencies outside of a normal work schedule. Core duties include managing the Avian Health Center, caring for patients, overseeing the preventative health program, data and patient records entry, and communicating effectively between staff and the contract medical team. Duties also include caring for birds in quarantine, assisting the curator with administrative tasks, teaching medical related classes to staff/interns, and supporting veterinarians with medical procedures and surgeries. This position will serve as an experienced mentor to staff in training medical procedures and developing skills in avian health and treatment as all bird care staff are trained in some aspects of veterinary technician work. Applicants must be organized, good communicators, and skilled in multitasking.
Specific skills needed:
Implement, dispense, and administer medications as directed by veterinarians. (applicants must be able to calculate dosages and have a broad understanding of medications typically used for birds)
Restrain birds (applicants must be able to restrain various species of birds)
Husbandry of birds while undergoing treatments (applicants must have a general understanding of caring for birds, as patients will be under their care during treatments)
Coordinate and organize veterinary rounds and communications (applicants must be efficient with time and organized, as this position has many moving parts)
Schedule procedures and follow-ups per guidance of veterinarian, lead, and curator (applicants must like calendars)
Maintain preventative health protocols, providing guidance and follow-up to the bird care team where needed
Assist with surgeries and radiographs at off-site clinic
Evaluate sickness and injury with Lead Aviculturist and Senior Bird Trainer, in order to allow Curator and Veterinarian to make informed medical decisions (applicants must like to talk with people, because we talk a lot)
Triage and care of emergent cases
Enter data and patient information into data entry system, staying compliant with AZA standards
Perform blood draws, monitor anesthesia, and participate in veterinarian led procedures directed by the veterinarian
Tracy Aviary has a dynamic bird collection with over 300 individuals, representing 19 taxonomic orders. We are a mission driven organization where every employee, volunteer, and intern strives to inspire curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation. We are a team driven organization where we value life-long learning, and create an inviting and optimistic culture for staff and guests. Tracy Aviary is an AZA accredited facility and values the importance of this achievement, applicants must ensure the medical program adheres to AZA standards. The aviculture department prides itself in working as a cohesive and supportive team, embracing each team member’s skills and interests. If this position continues to spark your own curiosity, please email cover letter, resume, references to Kate Lyngle-Cowand at

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