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Certified Veterinary Technician 

Category Collections/Exhibits  
Position Certified Veterinary Technician  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Compensation $16.25 per hour. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert Region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

We are seeking qualified applicants for a Full-time, Certified Veterinary Technician to assist the Veterinarians with the daily medical care of our animal collection and the maintenance of our veterinary facility, related equipment, and pharmacy.


Note: Please be prepared to upload a letter of interest with your resume when submitting your application & completed questionnaire. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please understand that if offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide the equivalent of a satisfactory 3-year Drivers History Record as a final condition of employment.


Position Description
Job Title: Certified Veterinary Technician
Department: General Collections
Reports To: Curator of Mammalogy and Ornithology/Veterinary Clinic Manager
Salary: Bargaining Unit position; Initial Step: $16.25/hour plus the Museum’s comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan with Roth option, Staff membership and admission passes, paid holidays, personal business time, sick leave, and vacation.

Position Summary
Provides assistance to the Veterinarians with the daily medical care of the animal collection by performing the following essential duties and responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Equipment preparation, animal restraint, sample collection, and facilitation of diagnostic procedures.
  • Prepares and administers medications to animals under the supervision of the Veterinarians.
  • Maintains the Museum's hospital facility including the sterilization of instruments, preparation and maintenance of animal capture equipment and the ordering of supplies.
  • Performs laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests including parasitology, hematology and urinalysis.
  • Provides assistance to the Veterinarians in maintaining hard copy and computer files of the comprehensive animal health records; data entry into veterinary records systems.
  • Performs radiographs on animals utilizing stationary and portable x-ray machines; labels and files radiographs.
  • Assists in the development of x-ray techniques for animals; maintains x-ray unit and related equipment.
  • Provides assistance to the Veterinarians in the performance of necropsies; preparation of tissue samples for shipment or transport to outside laboratories with all applicable documentation.
  • Assists Veterinarians during surgical procedures, monitors anesthesia and keeps anesthetic records.
  • Maintains the Museum's pharmacy; performs monthly inventory, organization and the ordering of pharmaceuticals.
  • Maintains hard copy and computerized calendars of preventive health programs and animal procedures.
  • Operates a computer in the performance of essential functions.
  • Operates a Museum vehicle in the performance of essential job functions.
  • Maintain cleanliness of veterinary facility and equipment.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience
This combination of knowledge, skill, and ability is usually, although not always, acquired through completion of an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology or related area from an institution accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; and two (2) years of experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician involving work with exotic animals. Paid zoo experience is highly desirable. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of zoo facilities and operations desirable.
  • Knowledge of natural history, animal capture and handling, husbandry, and ecosystems required.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence legibly and accurately. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer software knowledge to include word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution that values a diverse workforce. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Open Date 8/13/2022  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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