Zoo Veterinarian




Organization: City of South Bend (AZA Member)
Location: South Bend, IN, United States
Job or Internship: Job

SUMMARY

Responsible for veterinary care of entire Potawatomi Zoo animal collection consisting of more than 500 exotic specimens. Supervises veterinarian technician, dietician, and all staff when pertaining to veterinary care. Administers veterinary budget, all recordkeeping requirements, and training of staff, emergency care, and all other related veterinary facility operations.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Responsible for overseeing all medical and administrative functions performed by veterinarian staff. Directs keeper staff as to proper medical treatments and informs Zoo Director of all pertinent veterinary matters pertaining to the zoo’s animal population. This position will at times be the senior leadership authority in the absence of the Zoo Director..

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This list represents the types of duties required by the position. Other duties may be assigned as reasonably expected.

• Functions as a member of the Zoo’s management team.

• Responsible for managing/administering all aspects of a comprehensive animal health care program including clinical, preventative and emergency medical care for a diverse collection.

• Conducts post mortars and interpret findings.

• Oversees zoonotic disease prevention and health checks for staff.

• Oversees and analyze animal nutritional program.

• Maintain United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification and insures compliance with local/state/federal laws and regulations applicable to animal collection.

• Responsible to oversee operation of veterinarian hospital, necropsy, and quarantine facilities.

• Maintains current medical records on MEDARKs and ZIMS according to AZA requirements.

• Manage pre-veterinary student program and internships.

• Chairs Animal Care Committee.

• Participates in exhibit, collection and facility Master plan development.

• Assists General Curator in safety efforts including animal capture and gun team equipment and training.

• Will occasionally serve as a representative of the Zoo as part of the zoo outreach program.

• Writes articles for zoo newsletter.

• Serves as Zoo’s veterinary liaison to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participates in related conferences and continuing education.

• Maintains current USDA and AZA standards for animal care.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent education.

• Veterinary License

• DEA Controlled Substance Certification

• USDA Certification

• At least three years veterinary experience

• Working knowledge of City / County government a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES PREFERRED

• Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat animals.

• Experience in surgical procedures with a diverse animal population.

• Experience with dental procedures with a diverse animal population.

• Experience with shipping and moving animal populations.

• Knowledge of quarantine protocol.

• Ability to train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals.

• Strong communication skills and ability to work as a team member.

• Problem solving and decision making capabilities a must.

• Management and supervisory skills and experience required.

• Budget and financial management skills necessary.

• Physical adeptness and self-possession to work with large or potentially dangerous animals required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSE, REGISTRATIONS

• Valid Indiana Driver’s License if required to drive a city vehicle.

• DEA Controlled Substance Certification

• USDA Certification

SALARY

$70,000-$80,000

EQUIPMENT

Usage of Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Calculator, Telephone, Copy Machine, and Fax Machine required. Skilled with traditional Lab Equipment- X-Ray and related Radiology, Anesthesia, Dental Unit, Darting, and all standard surgical instruments.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The Veterinarian is required to walk, use hands and fingers handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in office settings, with moderate inside temperatures and outside in adverse weather conditions from time to time. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office and moderately loud in the field. Entire office is smoke free. Occasional field work is subject to working outdoors at any given time throughout the year.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran's status, national origin, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

TO APPLY

All applications for currently posted positions will be submitted online at www.southbendin.gov or at the City of South Bend Office of Human Resources, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., 12th Floor, South Bend, IN 46601.

Drug Screen Required

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