Cornell University, located at the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in animal medicine, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the College excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. Cornell University Hospital for Animals is our core clinical training, patient care and research unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine, composed of six diverse world-class veterinary clinical units providing primary and specialty care. Our core teaching hospital has 23 services led by board-certified veterinary specialists that are nationally and internationally renowned, providing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic care of animals including 24/7 emergency care. We strive to provide a fulfilling work environment for our employees who are committed to outstanding patient care, client service and student training.
Who we are and what we do:
The Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital provides state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for ill and injured native wildlife in New York State. Serving approximately 1500 patients annually, we treat patients with a goal of release back to the wild, in a supportive environment that emphasizes exceptional patient care. Our hospital staff has a passion for teaching, and is dedicated to training veterinary students, veterinary technician students, and graduate veterinarians in wildlife medicine. Through innovative research projects, we contribute new information to the field of wildlife medicine that improves our ability to care for our patients as well as our understanding of wildlife health. We collaborate extensively with other animal and wildlife professionals to achieve successful patient outcomes and advance wildlife medicine including CUHA veterinary specialists, state wildlife officials, and licensed wildlife rehabilitators from across the state.
What you will do:
We are seeking a licensed veterinary technician that is energetic, proactive, team focused, and interested in working in a dynamic educational setting that provides a compassionate environment for native wildlife while providing advanced veterinary care. The ideal candidate will thrive in a changing environment, is interested in working with a diverse and challenging caseload, and wants to work in a place that strongly values professional mentorship of students and collaborative teamwork. The successful candidate will join a team of three licensed veterinary technicians with decades of experience in wildlife medicine, as well as two wildlife veterinarians. You will participate in providing exceptional nursing care to our patients, including husbandry, restraint, as well as medical and diagnostic procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian. Other roles will include participation in daily patient rounds, communication with licensed wildlife rehabilitators and the public, and hospital operations and maintenance support. Participating in teaching will include instruction and training of veterinary students and house officers, as well as a role in mentorship of veterinary technician students in our preceptorship program.
The Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. The schedule for this position requires flexibility to ensure that adequate patient care and service needs are provided without interruption or exception. Schedule may include University and calendar holiday coverage to meet business needs. Cross-training with other services to support business continuity will be expected as time/business need allows. If business needs change, a position/individual may be realigned within the CUHA to a different shift or service.
What are the qualifications?
Associates degree in veterinary technology, New York State licensure or eligibility to become licensed in NYS and 1-2 years of relevant experience in a veterinary hospital setting.
Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced demanding environment and have the ability to multi-task with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details.
Will need to work independently as well as in a diverse team, while demonstrating a high level of initiative, good judgement, and excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
Must demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching students, house officers, and licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
Able to develop and maintain excellent working relationships including communicating with staff, students, technicians, veterinarians, clients, licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and other wildlife professionals in a professional manner at all times.
Must have a commitment to on-going career development and skill building.
Candidate must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, which includes, but is not limited to, stressful situations, prolonged standing and kneeling, as well as lifting and restraining patients.
Rabies pre-exposure vaccination and titer required, and cost will be covered by the department.
Preferred qualifications: 3-5 years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician in a busy hospital setting that includes at least 1 year working with nondomestic species, ideally wildlife. Previous work in a teaching environment as well as in a wildlife rehabilitation setting is desirable.
What is in it for you?
Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, health and personal leave; 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement options. Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability and diversity initiatives. For more benefit information, follow the link: https://hr.cornell.edu/
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