The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild.


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:

Specific skills:


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  

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.

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