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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Senior Veterinarian

Job Title: Senior Veterinarian

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: Full-time

Applications, cover letters, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references must be submitted for consideration.


About the role:

We are seeking a well-qualified candidate for the position of Senior Veterinarian. This is a new position that will expand our veterinary team, which is currently comprised of a Director of Animal Health, 4 full time clinical Veterinarians, five full time Veterinary technicians, one Hospital keeper and a Hospital coordinator. The responsibilities of the Senior Veterinarian will be approximately 50% clinical and 50% administrative, working with the Vet staff and Animal care staff to provide the highest quality health care to our animals and working alongside the Director of Animal Health to support the Veterinary team. This team provides services for two separately accredited AZA facilities, Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, and thus works with a large and diverse collection of more than 6000 animals representing 1465 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Preferred candidates will have substantial experience in the veterinary care of animals from a variety of taxonomic groups as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, good problem-solving skills, and the ability and desire to support the growth and development of the Veterinary team. This position reports to the Director of Animal Health.


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Clinical duties (2.5 days per week)
    • Work with animal care staff and veterinary team to implement the preventive medicine program.
    • Perform safe and appropriate anesthesia on animals of all taxonomic classes.
    • Diagnose illness and injury and provide appropriate medical and/or surgical treatment and therapies.
    • Collaborate with colleagues and local veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed.
    • Participate in dialogue with curators, supervisors, and keepers about animal care and welfare, disease treatment and prevention, zoonotic diseases, breeding/contraception, nutrition, and husbandry.
    • Perform gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology, prepare necropsy reports, and formulate recommendations for preventive measures.
    • Prepare and maintain medical records in ZIMS, ensuring accuracy and professionalism.
    • Support the Zoos conservation programs and other research efforts by collecting samples and by gathering and submitting data as appropriate.
    • Participate in AAZV and other professional organizations and forums; remain current on CE requirements.
    • Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students, technicians, and interns, as needed.
  • Administrative duties (2.5 days per week)
    • Participate in maintaining standards and regulations set forth by AZA, USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies as they apply to zoological institutions and veterinary programs.
    • Assist in managing incoming and outgoing animal shipments, including coordination with other institutions and state and federal regulatory agencies.
    • Assume administrative duties when the Director of Animal Health is out of the office, including approval of purchases and staff hours, management of staff schedule, and attendance at meetings.
    • Assist the Director of Animal Health in managing the Pathology program.
    • Participate in writing and maintaining current policies and procedures for the Animal Health Department.
    • Prepare reports and presentations for publication or delivery at both professional and public forums.
    • Conduct or participate in in situ and ex situ research projects involving the health, husbandry, breeding, welfare, and/or conservation of both captive and wild populations of animals where applicable.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • DVM or VMD from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • ACZM board certification or eligibility (credentialed) preferred.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in zoological medicine.
  • Ability to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Nebraska.
  • Ability to obtain DEA licensure for use of Class 2 narcotics.
  • Ability to obtain USDA category II accreditation.

Candidates might be (depending on position) required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative skin tuberculosis test, and possess a valid drivers license with a good history.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs. Must be able to be on call for after-hours emergencies.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances across the zoo.
  • Potential exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • Some exposure to anesthetic gases and potential for exposure to potent anesthetic drugs.
  • Exposure to dangerous animals.
  • Must be able to sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb.
  • Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods.



The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

How to Apply

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107

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