Waynesboro, Virginia
$11.54 An Hour
Veterinary Technician Internship (updated September 2022)
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Date Posted:
Posted By:
Karra Pierce
United States
Primary Category:
Veterinary Medicine
$24,000.00 yearly
Type of Position:
Paid Internship
Education Requirement:
Veterinary Technician
Experience Requirement:
< 1 year
Description & Details
The Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) currently has an opening for a 13-month veterinary technician intern; the position will remain open until the right candidate is hired.
To be considered for this position, the intern must be eligible for licensure in Virginia in Veterinary Technology. This means they must either be:
Currently licensed as a veterinary technician
In the final semester of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved veterinary technology program and able to provide a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) within three months of the internship start date
Organization Information
The Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife teaching hospital with a professionally staffed, fully equipped, 5,700-square foot hospital, research, and environmental education center located in Waynesboro, Virginia. WCV admits approximately 3,800 patients annually representing more than 150 species of native mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Additional information about The Wildlife Center of Virginia can be found at www.wildlifecenter.org.
Two licensed veterinary technicians and three veterinarians will supervise the successful candidate. The intern will be assisted by certified wildlife rehabilitators and numerous students and volunteers. The intern will be involved in all aspects of wildlife medicine, including hematology, parasitology, cytology, radiography, anesthesia, medical treatments (restraint, medicating, IV catheter placement, venipuncture, wound care, bandaging, etc.), necropsy, husbandry, nutrition, rehabilitation, record maintenance, telephone consultations, and presentations at rounds. This internship will place a special emphasis on veterinary diagnostics, and a significant amount of time will be spent performing CBC's, cytology, fecal examinations, and wildlife parasitology. The intern will also help train senior veterinary and technician students performing externships at the Center.
To successfully complete the internship the applicant will also pass the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators exam.
Opportunities exist to be involved in ongoing conservation medicine research projects as well as interaction with local or allied institutions (Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia Marine Science Museum, National Zoo rounds).
Key areas of responsibility
Perform diagnostic procedures (radiographs, blood work, and fecal exams) to evaluate patient health
Monitor anesthesia on a variety of species
Work as part of a team to complete daily patient treatments
Provide technical support to other hospital staff as needed, including patient admissions and maintenance and completion of daily patient records
Assist with training students (veterinary and veterinary technician) and volunteers
Assist with hospital maintenance, including autoclaving, cleaning, and inventory control (contacting vendors, ordering supplies, managing in-kind donations, etc.)
Assist with other duties, such as rehabilitation tasks, feeding orphaned animals, etc
On-Call duties
Present at a state or national conference or submit a manuscript for publication
The successful candidate must have the following qualifications:
Be a Licensed Veterinary Technician or enrolled in the final semester of an AVMA- approved Veterinary Technology program; a passing score on the VTNE is required within three months of start date
Be eligible for a Virginia veterinary technician license
Excellent interpersonal skills; team player with the ability to work independently
Hardworking and efficient with good organizational skills
Flexible with the ability to adapt to a dynamic environment
Even-tempered, ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Positive attitude and a sense of humor
Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds
Strong interest in wildlife medicine with well-developed clinical skills
Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English and be comfortable talking to groups
Successful applicant must be fully vaccinated and up to date in COVID-19 vaccines, as well as tetanus. Rabies vaccine or titer within 2 years of state date is also required.
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