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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Veterinarian

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Destin/ Fort Walton Beach, Florida is seeking applications for the position of Veterinarian, reporting directly to the park Director and working in conjunction with the Directors of Animal Programs and Curator staff. This is an exciting opportunity to work at a long-established marine mammal and aquarium facility that will be expanding further in the near future.

The Veterinarian will partner with our animal husbandry managers and sea turtle rehabilitation coordinator to provide comprehensive medical care for the Gulfarium animal collection and the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center to promote animal health and welfare. These duties include, but are not limited to, managing clinical cases, providing surgical and pathology services, performing diagnostic procedures and maintaining and/or developing preventative medicine protocols.

Direct responsibilities include:

  • Supervise all aspects of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center’s Animal Health Program

  • Provide comprehensive health care for the animal collection including but not limited to bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, harbor seals, Asian small clawed otters, African penguins, pelicans, parrots, elasmobranchs, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, and non-venomous and venomous reptiles

  • Ensure compliance with rules, regulations and standards of husbandry and medical care set forth by Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the USDA-APHIS, NOAA-NMFS, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA)

  • Maintain a preventative health care program for the collection that includes physical exams, routine bloodwork, parasite surveillance and control, infectious disease testing and vaccination, and breeding/contraception planning

  • Oversee animal health biosecurity programs, including quarantine and health assessment of animals that are leaving or arriving into the aquariums collection

  • Manage medical and surgical cases, including prescribing and communicating animal medical treatments of collection animals and rehabilitating sea turtles

  • Perform necropsies and complete report on all deceased collection and rehabilitation animals and submit appropriate samples for further laboratory testing and pathological evaluation.

  • Maintain and update medical records and controlled drug inventory following DEA guidelines.

  • Collaborate with Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator and FWC to assist with injured or ill sea turtles and oversee hospitalized patient’s care

  • Provide basic medical, zoonotic disease, biohazardous waste handling, and radiation safety training when indicated for Animal Care staff on an annual basis

  • Shared responsibility of oversight of animal nutrition, management, and budgeting

  • Responsibility of maintaining and acquiring pharmacy supplies and laboratory equipment

  • The interest and ability to conduct animal health research projects and prepare the results for presentations and peer-reviewed publications or conferences is encouraged

  • Assist with preparing grant proposals for the non-profit sea turtle rehabilitation center

Required qualifications:

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) from an accredited institution.

  • Florida state licensure or be qualified to take the Florida State Board examination by June 1, 2021.

  • USDA accreditation in the state of Florida, or eligibility to become accredited for the administration of health certificate of exotic species

  • Must have ability to obtain a Controlled Substance Registration Certification by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

  • Two or more years of aquatic and/or zoological medicine demonstrating competence in medicine of different animal taxa, with an emphasis on aquatic animals, or work under the direction of a recognized marine mammal veterinarian

  • Proven ability to thrive as an independent veterinarian and seek external consultation when needed

  • Demonstrated computer skills with Microsoft Office programs and veterinary medical records systems, such as Tracks

  • Demonstrate strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills

  • Commitment to animal care excellence and a passion for conservation

Environmental/Working Conditions:

•    Evening, weekend, holiday work may be required.

•     Available based on special needs/circumstances on a 24-hour basis.

  • Must have good physical agility, strength, good hearing and vision, and perform physically demanding labor in extremes of weather and challenging physical environments e.g., animal enclosures.

  • Candidate must maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, including proper uniform standards, and comply with the Gulfarium Employee Handbook.

  • Candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient and cooperative relationships with staff, management, vendors, and park guests.

  • Candidate must be able to work effectively with minimal supervision and approach all encounters with staff and guests in a friendly, service-oriented manner.

  • Maintain all animal health care areas to or above industry standards, ensuring safety and regulatory compliance, organization, equipment care and maintenance, and hygiene. 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time salaried position commensurate with experience, offering benefits such as company paid time off, company health insurance coverage, Simple IRA, paid veterinary license, and organizational membership.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume/CV to info@gulfarium.com with subject line: Veterinarian.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Fort Walton Beach, FL

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