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Veterinary Technician I

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven, Inc.

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Primary Function - Provide medical care for chimpanzees. Most duties performed under general supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•Assist veterinarian with physical exams, treatments and procedures, including the collection of samples for testing.
•May assist during surgery.
•Autoclave surgical instruments.
•Maintain cleanliness of vet clinics
•Observe chimpanzees for detection of symptoms associated with disease.
•Dispense medication to chimpanzees under direction of veterinarian.
•Order and stock veterinary supplies.
•Record observations and may maintain chimpanzee medical records.
•Maintain medical equipment.
•May sedate and recover chimpanzees.
•Coordinate laboratory tests.
•Work with behavioral staff to train chimpanzees to cooperate during medical procedures.
•Assist behavioral or husbandry staff as required, including participation in colony management decisions.
•Perform related duties as required.

Supervision and Responsibility:
•Works under general supervision.
•Does not supervise anyone.
•Performs tasks as assigned.
•Relies on pre-established guidelines.

Education and Experience Required:
Associates degree or Veterinary Technical degree required
Four years veterinary technician experience required.
One year experience working with nonhuman primates required.
A bachelor’s degree in related area and two years experience as a veterinary technician can be substituted for the above education/experience requirement.
Skills in voluntary injections and darting and experience with general anesthesia and sedations preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions:
•Flexibility and a positive attitude a must.
•Experience with Excel beneficial.
•This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing.
•Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances. Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75 lbs.).
•Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.
•Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions.
•Potential exists for animal bites and scratches.
•Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).
•Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.
•Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.
•Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

Chimp Haven offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package based on education, proven supervisory and leadership skills and experience.

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirement to or fax to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600. Chimp Haven is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information:
Human Resouces
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

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