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Relief Veterinarian

Zoo New England
South Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Jun 29, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Zoo New England is seeking a Relief Veterinarian for the period of September 1 - December 31, 2022.

This position reports to the Senior Veterinarian and will work collaboratively to manage the clinical case load and preventative health program. Zoo New England operates two separate AZA-accredited zoos, the Franklin Park Zoo, in Boston MA, and the Stone Zoo, in Stoneham, MA (15 miles apart). ZNE also provides veterinary care to a small native wildlife collection at a nearby natural history museum. Base of operations for the veterinary team is at the Franklin Park Zoo.

In addition to clinical responsibilities for a diverse collection of approximately 1,800 animals representing 270 different species, the Relief Veterinarian will have an opportunity to participate in a number of programs dealing with conservation medicine, biodiversity, and zoological medicine research investigating issues pertinent to both animal and human health. The department of Animal Health and the department of Field Conservation are closely aligned, with conservation medicine a particular focus. Additionally, in a unique relationship with the Harvard Medical School, fourth year medical students work with Zoo New England veterinarians during one-month formal rotations as part of a One Health clinical elective. Zoo New England is at an exciting time of growth, with several capital improvements underway and more being planned.

The successful candidate will have good communication skills, work well in a group, and provide positive leadership to the clinical team.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
Clinical veterinarian providing medical and surgical care of all animals at ZNE
Coordinates with other zoo staff in activities required for animal health maintenance
Contributes to maintenance of a preventive health program up to AZA and AAZV standards
Able to coordinate and participate in all aspects of veterinary care for the animal collection

Preferred Qualifications:
At least 3 years of clinical experience with zoo animals, such as in an ACZM compliant residency program or equivalent experience

Minimum Qualifications:
Effective November 14, 2021, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
License to practice veterinary medicine in US and the Commonwealth of MA
Ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime when needed
Must be able to work outside in inclement weather conditions to provide veterinary care
Able to perform at a competent level under high stress conditions
Willingness to work in direct contact with dangerous animals and potentially zoonotic diseases, as well as toxic and hazardous conditions
Understand zoonotic disease risks and practice safe handling / procedures when working with ZNE's animal collection
Knowledge of applicable AZA and USDA guidelines and regulations
Must have rabies immunization and allow for rabies titers and TB testing according to ZNE policy
Must abide by all written ZNE policies and procedures
Class III drivers license
All ZNE new hires are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19

To apply:

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Zoo New England is an Equal Opportunity Employer by Choice

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