Website Toronto Zoo
Connecting people, animals & conservation to fight extinction
Branch: Wildlife Health
Rate of Pay: Start $29.12, 3-months $31.06, 6-months $32.35
Looking for a career with a dynamic organization that is committed to protecting wildlife? We are interested in dedicated individuals who are positive, enthusiastic and passionate about connecting people, animals, and conservation science to fight extinction. Your Toronto Zoo makes animal well-being a priority in all operations and shows respect for all wildlife.
Apply Online by January 28, 2024
Basic Function: Reporting to the Supervisor, Wildlife Health Centre under the medical direction of the Veterinarians, this position is responsible for providing technical assistance to the veterinarians in the treatment and care of the animals, performing laboratory assignments and maintaining accurate records and data. This position will also assist and provide support in implementing the Strategic Plan.
– Responsibilities include rotation through clinic, clinical lab and records/data entry
– Assist with surgical and clinical examinations, radiology, animal treatments, immobilizations and post mortem examinations.
– Set up and clean up for procedures.
– Perform treatments of hospitalized animals, including intensive care.
– Assist with tours and guest interactions including speaking into microphone for Zoo guests and/or media during medical procedures performed in the Windows on Wildlife Science Gallery.
– Administer first aid in the absence but under the direction of the veterinarian, including drug administration.
– Assist with nursery care / hand-rearing of neonates.
– Obtain medical histories and admit animals to the Wildlife Health Centre.
– Perform laboratory procedures, including but not limited to CBC’s, biochemistries, and preparation of biological specimens.
– Dispense and administer medication under the direction of the veterinarian.
– Assist with the parasitology program, including the dispensing of medications and fecal analysis.
– Ensure that quarantine regulations are adhered to and report irregularities.
– Responsible for the care and maintenance of instruments and equipment.
– Assist in maintaining veterinary records and compiling data for reports and research papers.
– Assist with inventory and ordering of equipment and supplies.
– Enter animal health records into the ZIMS system and maintain hard copy files.
– Works closely with Behavioural Management team and Keepers to implement training programs and procedures.
– Keep work areas clean and tidy and maintain hospital efficiency.
– Attend annual C.P.R. certification renewal program.
– Maintain RVT status in good standing.
– Other related duties as requested by Supervisor or Veterinarians.
– Must have a certificate of graduation from a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Technologist program from an accredited institution and be an active Registered Veterinary Technician.
– Must have a minimum of two (2) years experience in a veterinary clinic or similar facility.
– Must have strong current laboratory skills including the ability to perform CBC’s, urinalysis, fecal analysis and cytology.
– Must be able to produce brief /comprehensive reports.
– Must be able to work with minimum supervision.
– Must possess good computer skills including MS Word, Excel and E-mail and databases.
– Must possess valid first aid and C.P.R. certificates.
– Must be able to maintain neat accurate records and files.
– Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job.
– Must possess good public speaking skills.
– Must possess unrestricted Class G driver’s license valid in the
– Province of Ontario along with a good driving record.
– Must have working knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHMIS) legislation, the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Toronto Zoo Safety Policy.
– Must be able and willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate may be required to provide a police reference check and/or driver’s abstract, at their own expense as a condition of employment. Candidates may be required to take a written and/or practical examination relevant to the position.
The Toronto Zoo values the importance of inclusive recruitment practices and strives to create a workplace that reflects and celebrates the rich diversity of our city. Please let us know if you require specific accommodations to be in place before you begin the interview process.
Personal information gathered as a result of this posting is collected under the authority of the City of Toronto Act and By-law No. 5-1998 and will be used to determine eligibility for this job posting. Questions about this collection of personal information should be directed to: Ms. S. Findlay-Thompson, Manager, Human Resources (416) 392-5925.
The Toronto Zoo respects the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and seeks to model these principles in all that we do. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workforce where all employees feel respected, supported and valued. We strive to create an environment that represents the rich diversity of our guests and our community and encourage applications from all qualified individuals who can contribute to enhancing our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Applications are especially encouraged from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and women.
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