Associate Veterinarian
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa, FL

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Associate Veterinarian

Posting Information: Full Time, Salaried
Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Medical Sciences Director (Senior Veterinarian), the Associate Veterinarian is responsible for implementing and maintaining the minimum standards of veterinary care as required by the Animal Welfare Act and APHIS-USDA. Provides professional medical care and oversight of the husbandry care and well-being of the animal collection. Expected to monitor and analyze functions and make recommendations to the VP of Animal Science & Conservation and the Medical Science Director on collection health issues. Fills in for and provides a full range of medical care for the collection in the absence of the Medical Science Director (Senior Veterinarian.)
Essential Functions (Including, but not limited to):
  • Assist in the management of the long term preventative medicine program to include parasite surveillance procedures and control, immunization, infectious diseases screening such as using serology and tuberculosis testing, and dental prophylaxis, birth control, humane euthanasia standards and regular physical examinations.
  • Assist in overseeing the quarantine program to include clinical and laboratory tests for health.
  • Regularly maintains and updates the medical records (MedArks) including diagnosis, prescribed treatment and medications, and other relevant data.
  • Assists in monitoring disease prevalence within the collection.
  • Implements and monitors approved collection diets to assure that nutritional requirements are being met.
  • In concert with the Medical Science Director (Senior Veterinarian), implements animal and husbandry sanitation protocols including review of products.
  • Conducts and assists in necropsies on animals in the collection as to cause of death, disease surveillance, and SSP/TAG requirements.
  • Assists in writing grant applications, researches and publishes articles in both scientific and popular publication and promotes public education through lectures.
  • Maintains State of Florida Veterinary License, USDA Accredited Veterinarian License, Drug Enforcement Agency License, and continuing education hours.
  • Teaches and mentors staff with a strong team orientation.
  • Assists the Medical Science Director (Senior Veterinarian) in developing collaborative relationships with regional Colleges and Universities for the purpose of veterinary graduate and post graduate education programs.
Desirable knowledge of:
  • Knowledge of veterinary procedures and practices with collection specimens, exotic animals, and wild animals and technical expertise to apply those practices.
  • Knowledge of guidelines established by standard veterinary medicine procedures; specialized veterinary medicine procedure such as AZA, AAZV, AAHA, and APHIS-USDA.
  • Experience in applied biology, unique anatomy, special physiology, social structure and reproduction of a wide variety of wild animals.
  • Experience and expertise in drugs used in wild animals, their use and safe handling including the very dangerous ultra potent narcotics; also the various dart systems used to administer the drugs.
Working knowledge of:
  • Disease pathology in a wide variety of wild animals.
  • Collection medical management in a zoological setting.
  • Animal health and husbandry protocols and the implementation of those protocols.
  • Medical record keeping and the preparation of reports both routine and specialized in nature on all treatments and research.
Ability to:
  • Communicate both orally and in writing in an effective manner; and to establish and maintain good working relationships with Zoo employees and the public.
  • Reconcile and facilitate matters in a positive and productive manner.
  • Be flexible, cooperative, and able to adapt easily to shifting priorities.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information.
  • Manage emergency animal medical cases in a measured and professional manner to a successful outcome.
  • Balance animal health and welfare with institutional goals and routines.
  • Supervise and direct the work of others.
  • Manage complex and varied tasks successfully.
  • Work long hours and an unpredictable work schedule and must be on call for emergencies.
  • Work in an environment that includes exposure to dust, machinery, infectious diseases and sprays, and inclement weather. Protective devices such as masks, goggles and gloves may be required.
Education/Experience:
  • Minimum requirement includes graduation from an accredited Doctoral Program in Veterinary Medicine as well as Federal Accreditation Certification, Florida License to practice veterinary medicine.
  • Post doctoral experience/internship/residency in small animal, equine, or food animal medicine is required.
  • Post-doctoral experience/internship/residency in a zoological park and/or specialization with exotic animals is preferred.
  • Experience with or capacity for critical care of manatees preferred.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to withstand typical Florida climate.
  • Position involves sitting, standing, walking, lifting of light objects and objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Involves strenuous animal catch-ups associated with normal zoo management.
  • This position also requires the ability to distinguish between shades of colors.

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