Wild and Exotic Animal Veterinarian

Organization: City of Loas Angeles - Department of Animal Services
Location: Los Angeles, CA, us
Job or Internship: Job

Web address:laanimalservices.com    

Location: 221 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor, Los Angeles CA 90012.  However, the selected veterinarian(s) would provide wild and exotic animal inspections at a rail site in downtown Los Angeles, and walk with the animals to their temporary locations near the Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.  The veterinarian(s) would be expected to inspect/observe the animals during the circus performances at Staples.    

Job Description:    

These services will be needed effective July 10, 2013, and, last year, these services cost the Department less than $6000.    

The proposed scope of work required for wild and exotic animal veterinaryconsulting services will include, but not be limited to the following: 

  • Inspecting circus elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals performing in the City, as well as their travel containers.
  • Checking the travel and location accommodations to make sure that they meet USDA standards for approved accommodations (space, cleanliness, etc.), reviewing medical records on each animal, where necessary in the opinion of the veterinarian, accompanying and observing the animals as they walk to their temporary shelters and if necessary, conducting spot inspections of elephants and other animals before, during and after performances.  These inspections may occur before dawn and late into the evening.

The veterinarian must:

  • Have extensive knowledge of the specific wild or exotic animal that they will be requested to inspect, their behaviors, and their health and welfare.  These animals can include elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals.  
  • Disclose if there is any potential conflict-of-interest in performing this work based upon, among other factors, relationships or interests, including but not limited to financial relationships and/or interests with the particular circus or other circuses, or animal activist groups, or if the veterinarian is party to any elephant-, circus- or City-related litigation.    
  • Provide the Department with a complete report detailing his/her findings.  


Include a cover letter with the name and address of the firm, and the names, titles and telephone numbers of the person(s) who will be authorized to represent the respondent.

A proposer must provide a Statement Of Qualification (SOQ) assuring the Department that s/he has experience as a wild and exotic animal veterinarian that qualifies him/her to inspect circus elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals.  The SOQ shall include a proposer’s demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities relative to elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals used in performances; their behaviors, and their health and welfare.    

The Statement must also include a list of previous clients for past work of a similar nature, or with wild and exotic animals.  Provide the names of the clients, the clients’ contact persons and their telephone numbers, and a description of the circumstances and the work performed.  The City reserves the right to contact the clients listed at any time.  The Department encourages qualified zoo veterinarians to respond.

Key personnel must provide academic credentials, professional and/or requisite licensing, and/or certification documents as are required to perform the duties.  

Qualified veterinarians/veterinary consultants will be notified in writing and be placed on a pre-qualified, on-call list for three years.  

The assignment of work under this RFQ will be done by contacting veterinarians on the list and determining their availability and price on an as-needed basis.  Compensation will be paid to the zoo where a zoo veterinarian is selected for an assignment.  Assignments will reflect the best overall value to the City on a case-by-case basis.    

Please submit your qualifications no later than Friday, May 31 2013 to john.chavez@lacity.org with the subject heading “Wild and Exotic Animal Veterinary RFQ” or at the address on the letterhead. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chavez via email or at 213-482-9507.  

Contact Name, Phone Number and Email Address: John Chavez, 213-482-9558 or john.chavez@lacity.org    

Instructions For Sending Applications With Mailing Address, Fax, And Email Address:  Interested parties should request the “Notice of Qualifications” document from John Chavez, 213-482-9558, john.chavez@lacity.org.  This RFQ will provide interested veterinarians information on the process, including the proposed scope of work, Statement of Qualifications needed, and the deadline (May 31, 2013).

Web Address For Downloading Application: Not applicable.  Interested veterinarians need to contact John Chavez, 213-482-9558, john.chavez@lacity.org   

Number Of Months This Job Listing Should Run (Minimum Of One Month): One month.

Name, Address, And Phone Number Of Person Who Should Receive The Invoice: Attn: Lilia Liclican, Chief Accounting Employee, Department of Animal Services, 221 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012.