Associate Veterinarian(19)

Organization: New England Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

TITLE: Associate Veterinarian

DEPT: Animal Health

REPORTS TO: Director of Animal Health

AVAILABLE: Immediately. Start Date must be on or before 6/1/14.

HOURS: Full Time Regular, 40 hours per week. This position will work 5 days per week including 1 weekend day, 8:00am-5:00pm.

LOCATION: The position will work in both NEAq’s main Central Wharf campus in Boston and in the Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA. Time will be split between both campuses based on clinical needs.

The New England Aquarium combines education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans. The Aquarium opened on the Boston waterfront in 1969 and is one of the world's first modern aquariums. Visitors can explore the oceans and visit thousands of marine animals in four levels of world-class exhibits. With recently renovated facilities in both Boston and Quincy, the New England Aquarium has a strong foundation for many years ahead. The Associate Veterinarian will work with members of the Animal Health Department, Rescue and Rehabilitation Department, Fishes Department, Mammals Department, and Research Department to provide clinical care for invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The clinical caseload includes permanent collection animals as well as sea turtles and marine mammals admitted through the Rescue and Rehabilitation program.


 Be available to work 40 hours/ 5 days per week, 8:00am-5:00pm, including one weekend day. Flexibility to work longer hours as needed.

 Have flexibility to work in both the NEAq main building and the NEAq Animal Care Center in Quincy.

 Be willing to relocate to Boston without any moving expense assistance.

 Be willing to interview in person in Boston without any travel expense assistance.

 Currently hold a DVM, VMD, or foreign equivalent.

 Currently hold or be willing/ able to attain a Massachusetts veterinary license.

 Currently hold or be willing/ able to attain a Massachusetts controlled drug license and DEA license.

 Have at least 2 years clinical experience with at least 1 year of aquatic animal experience.



The Associate Veterinarian is responsible for the veterinary medical care of all animals at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA, and the New England Aquarium Animal Care Center, Quincy, MA.


1.Provides veterinary care for permanent collection animals, and animals admitted via the Rescue and Rehabilitation program.

2.Collaborates with the Director of Animal Health to develop and provide a complete health care program, with emphasis on preventative medical and husbandry practices; directs specific protocols for preventing and treating diseases in the collection.

3.Collaborates with the Director of Animal Health to supervise and coordinate Animal Health Department staff.

4.Educates and directs the Aquarium's animal care and husbandry staff in preventative health care, and is a resource to staff on animal health issues.

5.Maintains compliance on all veterinary regulatory matters at the local, state, and federal levels, in accordance with AZA and Aquarium policies.

6.Maintains complete and current medical records in accordance with Aquarium, AZA, and federal regulations.

7.Collaborates with the Director of Animal Health to coordinate the use of consulting and collaborating veterinarians.

8.Collaborates with Director of Animal Health to conduct Zoonotic Disease Training and Controlled Drug Trainings to appropriate staff.

9.Directs veterinary student externship program.

10.Participates in clinical research programs, and publishes clinical research.

11.Acts as a spokesperson for the Animal Health Department to the public and media when indicated.

12.Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.


Minimum Training and Experience

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD, or foreign equivalents), Massachusetts veterinary license, Massachusetts controlled drug license, DEA license, and minimum of 2 years of clinical experience and one year of aquatic animal experience required.


• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, public speaking, scientific writing, and computer skills required.

• Availability to work weekends, some holidays, and occasional early morning or late night hours required.

• Availability for shared emergency coverage required.

• USDA accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport.

New England Aquarium is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace.