Veterinary Technician 2


The Level 2 Technician of Veterinary Services works with the zoo’s attending veterinarian and the Veterinary Program and Records Manager to provide general and veterinary animal care to a wide variety of animals including education program animals, sick and convalescing animals, and those in quarantine.

Essential Duties, Skills, and Responsibilities:

  • For maximum animal welfare and safety of animals, staff and visitors, the Level 2 Veterinary Technician is responsible for the physical, manual and/or chemical restraint of animals for capture, restraint, shipment, transfer, or treatment as required.

  • Conducts fecal examinations and follows the veterinarian’s guidelines for routine parasite control.
  • Medicating and vaccinating animals as necessary.
  • Performs routine diagnostic lab tests, prepares, and ships veterinary samples.
  • Proper disposal of outdated drugs, chemicals, medical supplies, and sharps.
  • Assists the attending veterinarian as required in surgeries and other animal procedures.
  • Completes data entry into ZIMS for each animal and assures the accurate and up to date animal medical reporting and procedures.
  • Stays up to date on diet formulation, husbandry techniques and area protocols with the General Curator, Zoo Veterinarian, Veterinary Program and Records Coordinator, and Zoological Managers.
  • Monitors preventative and clinical animal medical programs and protocols.
  • Provides training to new employees and volunteers in area duties and responsibilities.
  • Participate in ongoing education programs as requested.
  • Update and assist attending veterinarian on specific animal concerns of health and treatment.
  • Assists the veterinarian on routine rounds.
  • Ordering, inventory and maintaining medical supplies.
  • Represents the zoo to guests, donors, zoo community associates and the public; answer questions, give formal and informal talks and attend functions as requested.
  • Adhere to and support all zoo policies and procedures of the zoo.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Schedule:

    • 8 hour shift
    • Day shift
    • Holidays
    • Weekends as needed


  • A minimum of 2 years’ veterinary technician experience as determined by Utica Zoo is required. Paid experience at an AZA accredited facility is also preferred. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Good communication skills, an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and a willingness to give regular talks to guests, special groups, etc.
  • Four-year degree in biology, psychology, or related field is preferred; sufficient relevant experience will be considered.
  • Veterinary Technician License must be achieved and maintained continuously

Compensation and Benefits:

Job Title: Veterinary Technician Level 2

Department: Animal care

Reports To: Veterinary Programs and Records Manager

Job Status: Full Time / Non Exempt

Payrate: $16.58 per hour


    • 401(k)
    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Employee discount
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Professional development assistance
    • Vision insurance

How to Apply:

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