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Animal Health Associate- Pathology (CT)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7049445020220417 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney World Resort Date posted Aug. 02, 2022 Flex Type On-Site

- This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

The Animal Health Associate works within ASE (Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment Team) and interacts with numerous internal and external partners at WDW (Walt Disney World).  Primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, assisting with various aspects of the pathology and animal health operations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Seas with Nemo & Friends (EPCOT). This position reports to the Animal Health leadership team (currently a pathologist) and performs all the duties listed below.  This is a non-salaried casual temporary (CT) role with availability and work hour’s dependent on the needs of the operation so a flexible schedule is necessary. This role must align with CT guidelines and is not an employee benefits role.

The candidate will be expected to adhere to all WDW, ASE, and internal departmental policies, including “The Five Keys Basics”, be familiar with and adhere to all safety protocols, complete all required regulatory training in a timely fashion, and actively participate in departmental projects and activities. This position covers two separate facilities and will often require travel with reliable transportation between them on the same day. In addition, primary responsibilities include but not exclusive to: 


General cleaning and maintenance of the pathology necropsy facilities and laboratory

Ensure these facilities are “show ready”

Animal Related Procedures:

Setting up equipment for pathology procedures

Process laboratory samples for internal or external laboratories

Log, label, process, catalogue, and store biomaterial samples collected during clinical and necropsy procedures

Transport deceased collection animals to necropsy facilities as needed and assist with necropsies as needed.

Handle biohazardous waste safely

Samples and Supplies:

Prepare laboratory samples for shipment to outside diagnostic facilities

Transfer supplies from one destination to another across WDW property & off property

Stock/label pathology supplies as needed

Guest experience:

Participate in guest interactions on a regular basis

Assist with the development and implementation of new presentations to be used with Guests and Cast Members. These presentations will help educate and inspire our Guests/Cast in areas of aquatic/zoological medicine and wildlife conservation.

Additional Duties include but are not limited to:

Accurately fill out pathology and animal health procedural forms

Enter data into the electronic medical records system including transferring reports (laboratory results, pathology records, etc.).

File hard copy records

Transfer, edit, label, catalog and upload images/video into an electronic data storage system

Track budgets through the use of spreadsheets and basic invoice data management

Create and manage pathology medical related spreadsheets (electronically)

Opportunity for prosection role as needed with training under the direction of the pathologists

Collaborate with animal care and other team partners (pest management, water sciences, etc.) for animal health related projects

Required Qualifications:

  • AS Degree in Science
  • Inter-personal skills and the ability to work well in a team setting
  • Self-motivated and able to follow directions well
  • Detail-oriented and able to process medical samples, manage information, medical records and various forms accurately
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Computer proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Organizational skills and able to meet project and task deadlines
  • Public speaking skills with experience interacting with members of the general public

Preferred Education Qualifications:

  • BS Degree Veterinary Technology, Marine Biology, Zoology
  • Veterinary Technicians Program Degree
  • 12 months experience in a Zoo or Aquarium in an animal-related position
  • Knowledge of medical / pathology procedures, instruments, lab supplies, etc.
  • Experience with practices and procedures established in veterinary pathology, medical or forensic examinations and laboratory facilities

About Walt Disney World Resort:

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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