The Columbus Zoological Park Association

Seasonal Veterinary Technician

Job Locations US-OH-Powell
ID 2021-1626
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium




Assists with medical program at the veterinary hospital to ensure excellent animal health services.


This position is anticipated to begin August, 2021



  • Provides daily medical care including but not limited to assisting in medical procedures, administering medications, and feeding and cleaning animals under veterinary care.
  • Collects and processes medical samples for diagnostic testing and banking for future use.
  • Frequently provides laboratory analyses including hematology, chemistry, parasitology and other clinical pathological procedures; insures quality control of laboratory results; maintains the diagnostic equipment in calibrated working order; maintains the laboratory in a clean, professional state.
  • Submits pathology samples to laboratory, and distributes other biological samples to researchers, museums and universities.
  • Performs maintenance of inventory of required surgical, medical, pharmacological and office supplies.
  • Performs maintenance, cleanliness and sterility of hospital facilities and equipment.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationship with animal care department in order to provide superior medical care for the collection.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and The Wilds.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and graduation from an accredited Veterinary Technology Program or equivalent combination of training/experience required.
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) certification by the state of Ohio veterinary medical board required.
  • Knowledge of exotic animals and their medicine strongly desired.
  • Experience in working in a zoo environment desired.
  • Experience in working with non-mammals desired.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.


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