Veterinary Intern(10)

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job




CLOSING DATE: March 22, 2013

SALARY: $28,000 per year

LOCATION: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

HOURS: This is a one year traineeship, anticipated to begin June 18, 2013. Minimum 40 hours per week; hours and days per week may vary. This position is a salaried overtime exempt position.

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified post-doctoral veterinary trainee position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


Participate in clinical rounds, patient care, medical record keeping and communicating with animal care and curatorial staff regarding ongoing cases and upcoming procedures. Rotate in emergency and weekend coverage for the Veterinary Department. Provide staff education, including at least two zoo-wide presentations on topics pertinent to the animal collection and participation in journal article reviews. Submit at least one manuscript for publication on completion of the internship. Provide veterinary care of up to 50 red wolves housed at an off-site breeding facility and provide occasional care for stranded marine mammals in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. Participate in the medical management of free-ranging North American hoof stock and other native wildlife through a rotation at our sister park, Northwest Trek. Other duties as assigned.


 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or equivalent degree required.

 1 year clinical experience preferred and demonstrate a strong interest in zoological medicine.

 The successful candidate is required to obtain veterinary licensure in Washington State.

 Valid Washington driver's license.

 Obtain a valid First Aid and CPR Card within the probationary period.


 Employment is subject to a national or Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Sitting and standing for extended periods of time. Lifting and carrying objects or animals weighing up to 75 pounds. Pushing or pulling animals. Walking to inspect sites. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer terminal. Seeing to inspect sites. Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations. Driving a vehicle to inspect sites.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form along with letter of intent, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcript, and three letters of reference. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.