• Veterinary Technician Externship

  • Posted: 06/11/2023

    The veterinary externship program at Texas State Aquarium is designed for veterinary students to observe and assist veterinary staff in day-to-day operation of the veterinary clinics at both the main aquarium and wildlife rescue center. 

    Essential Functions 

    • Observe and/or assist with veterinary procedures and monitor patients during anesthetic events as approved by veterinary staff.
    • Collect, or assist with collection of, biological samples from husbandry collection and rehabilitation animals.
    • Observe and/or Assist with the collection of diagnostic images (radiographs, ultrasound, computed tomography, endoscopy).
    • Process laboratory samples in-house and/or package for submission to outside laboratories.
    • Enter medical record data, including laboratory results, anesthesia reports, necropsy findings, and others as requested.
    • Maintain hospital by helping with cleaning and organizing of equipment and facility.
    • Assist with the medical care and treatment of animals in rehabilitation.
    • Perform necropsies as needed.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Provide exceptional guest service.
    • Adhere to all OSHA regulations.
    • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
    • Adhere to all government/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.
    • Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Volunteer Manual.
    • Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Animal Husbandry Manual.

    Must be enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician/technology program and have at least 1 year of experience in the veterinary field, preferably working with exotic animals and/or in the zoo/aquarium field or in wildlife rehabilitation.