The Living Desert (TLD) is seeking a qualified candidate to join the Veterinary and Animal Care Teams as the Associate Veterinarian. This position is a primarily clinical appointment, providing medical care to the 600+ animals of the 160 species that call the zoo home. The Veterinary Team consists of two full-time veterinarians, three full-time veterinary technicians, and “float” hospital/quarantine keepers. The successful candidate will support TLD in our mission of, “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation,” and will help TLD achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture.
The Veterinary Care Team:
- Practices high quality medicine and maintains exceptional professional standards.
- Has great enthusiasm for the profession of zoological medicine.
- Adheres to the highest animal welfare standards and works as a team.
- Performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that will move TLD into the future.
In conjunction with the Head Veterinarian, the Associate Veterinarian will maintain a professional veterinary medical program for The Living Desert’s animal collection that meets or exceeds contemporary practice standards of zoo veterinary care as outlined by the AAZV and is consistent with accreditation standards of the AZA.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide routine and emergency medical and surgical treatment for TLD collection animals.
- Manage the TLD preventive healthcare program
- Manage the veterinary student training program
- Maintain complete and accurate medical records for all animals in the TLD collection
- Participate in the Emergency Darting Team and assist in training staff members on the team
- Effectively work with the Animal Care Team management and keepers
- Perform gross post-mortem exams and collect routine samples for histopathology
- Understand AZA and AAZV standards and strive to meet or exceed current standards for zoo animal care and well-being
- Participate in field conservation-oriented, educational, and promotional programs,
- Interact with guests and media to promote TLD’s mission
- Provide a safe and productive working environment
- Perform additional duties as assigned
- Knowledge and practice of contemporary standards of zoo veterinary care
- Knowledge of zoonotic diseases that may affect the collection animals, personnel and guests
- In-depth knowledge of zoo animal and wildlife husbandry and medicine
- Ability to work with potentially dangerous animals and exercise sound judgement in emergency situations
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills for effective working relationships with all TLD team members
- Ability to supervise and train veterinary technicians, keepers, students, and volunteers
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written, and maintain open communications with the Veterinary and Animal Care Teams
- Ability to form professional networking relationships with other institutions
- Ability to work at a fast pace while maintaining attention to detail
- Must be a motivated self-starter who is able to work independently, as well as be an effective team member
- Software literate in Microsoft Word and Excel, ZIMS
- DVM or VMD or equivalent from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine
- Two years minimum of zoological animal medicine experience
- Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California within 6 months of hire date
- Must obtain USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Category II Accreditation within 6 months of hire date
- Must obtain a valid California driver’s license within 3 months of hire.
- Must be insurable on The Living Desert’s automobile policy.
- Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster.
Equipment Used: PC computer, general office equipment, telephone, radio, electric cart, vehicles, anesthesia machine, x-ray machine, dental equipment, sterilization units, monitoring equipment, surgical instruments, ultrasound equipment, drug delivery systems, laboratory and diagnostic equipment.
Physical position Description:
Essential Physical Tasks: Standing, walking, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions, lifting (up to 50lbs.).
Typical Working Conditions: Exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Works with potentially dangerous animals (large ungulates, carnivores, venomous animals).
Holiday Work: Holiday, Evening and weekend work required. Available on as needed basis for emergencies.
Travel: Continuing education conferences and workshops, as required to maintain licensing. Other meetings and travel may be required and/or available.
How to Apply: Qualified applicants should send CV, cover letter, and names and contact information (including email address) for 3 references to Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Veterinarian, at email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions: July 22, 2022
This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.