Senior Veterinarian - Veterinarian II

Organization: Oregon Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Job or Internship: Job

This position will be open until filled. Resume review will begin on May 30, 2014.

$95,090 - $137,876 annually

The Senior Veterinarian (Veterinarian II) has overall management responsibility for the Zoo's veterinary program and animal hospital. Manages the Zoo’s hospital, medical, surgical and specialty care programs; maintains and promotes the health of the Zoo's animal collection through the use of current preventive and curative veterinary medical procedures, diagnostics and treatment practices. Responsibilities include the animal nutrition programs and the commissary. Supervises the work of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Nutritionist and Animal Hospital Keepers. Oversees the work of other personnel, particularly Animal Keepers, in the administration of medical treatments.

Minimum requirements

Degree in veterinary medicine and two years of zoo veterinary practice or private practice with an emphasis on exotic animals, or any combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid veterinary medicine license in the State of Oregon. Requires Category II Federal Accreditation in the state of Oregon and DEA licensure within the first six months of employment. Requires a valid driver’s license. Preference given to candidates with supervisory experience.

About the Oregon Zoo

Owned and operated by Metro Regional Government, the Oregon Zoo has an annual attendance of over 1.6 million visitors. The zoo located along the MAX light rail line, just minutes from downtown Portland, is highly regarded nationally, regionally and locally. The Oregon Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals representing 279 species of amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates and mammals.

It's an exciting time at the zoo! The passage of a voter supported bond measure will allow us to design and build new exhibits for elephants, primates, polar bears, hippos, California condors and a new conservation education facility. It has also allowed us to build a new veterinary center and add a penguin filtration system. The new master plan includes a strong focus on water and energy conservation and improved sustainability of all zoo operations.

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Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.