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OdySea Aquarium

Director of Animal Health Services

As part of the OdySea Aquarium Senior Leadership Team, this position will be responsible for the oversight and management of the entire animal health program for the aquarium, as well as animal facilities under the company umbrella. Areas of concentration include husbandry, preventative medicine, diagnostics, treatment, microbiology, internal medicine, surgery, nutrition, and quarantine procedures. The Director of Animal Health Services will represent OdySea Aquarium by leading a team that emulates the mission and vision of the organization, emphasizing strong educational and conservation messaging, and delivering excellence in guest service.

• Manage and schedule the daily activities within the Animal Health Services Department.
• Oversee and supervise the animal health team, including the Animal Health Technician and Laboratory Technician.
• Responsible for establishing the diagnostic and laboratory capabilities housed in the onsite Animal Health Laboratory, identifying animal health problems, and coordinating care and treatment with husbandry staff.
• In conjunction with other Animal Care management, ensure compliance with USDA-APHIS and USFW requirements for regulated species, and meet or exceed standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
• Establish and conduct effective quarantine and testing procedures for all incoming animals to ensure the health of the collection, prevent the spread of disease and comply with all government regulations. Be knowledgeable in the life histories of animals in the collection.
• Conducts regularly scheduled examinations to maintain the health of the animal collection, and guard against communicable diseases.
• Conducts postmortem studies and analyses on any animal that dies at the Aquarium, and provides case follow-up to upper management and the greater animal care team.
• Actively interact with the zoo and aquarium community to exchange information concerning the care, health, and welfare of animals.
• Work directly with the Animal Husbandry staff on advising the best course of action with the general care and maintenance of animals in the collections.
• Assist in the development, institution, and maintenance of the animal records and ensure appropriate procedures to check the accuracy of the data entered.
• Collect various biological samples for examination and analysis from a large and diverse animal collection, including invertebrates, fish, elasmobranchs, birds, reptiles, and mammals.
• Operate and oversee the care of diagnostic equipment such as digital radiology, ultrasound, and endoscopic equipment and interpret the results.
• Perform various administrative duties including, but not limited to scheduling staff, scheduling exams, record-keeping, research, and managing the budget for the Animal Health Services Department.
• Work with the animal care team in managing animal nutrition and reproductive programs.
• Assist in the proper training of animal care techniques and various medical procedures as appropriate with animal care team members.
• Develop and implement an Animal Health Services Staff Development Plan.
• Ability to conduct applied clinical research and organize findings into a scientific format for presentation and/or publication in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Serve as one of the members of the OdySea Aquarium’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
• Oversee the continued development and implementation of an integrated and proactive Animal Welfare assessment and chair the Animal Welfare Committee.
• Maintains up-to-date familiarity with veterinary medical practices and new drug developments.
• Responsible for pursuing and maintaining all appropriate licenses to practice veterinary medicine within Arizona, obtaining and maintaining a DEA licensure, and holding an active Category II USDA accreditation for signing health certificates.
• Maintains the department standard of excellent physical condition as needed to perform all aspects of the job safely.
• Perform all other duties as assigned by the President.

Experience Required

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: • Director must have a DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited institution. • Advanced residency training and board certification with the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM), or board eligibility, is highly preferred. • Must obtain a valid veterinary license in the state of Arizona within 6 months of hire and maintain it in good standing. • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a veterinarian with non-domestic veterinary medicine, experience with aquatic species preferred. • Well-developed supervisory, interpersonal, and administrative skills, with a minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role. • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. • Strong computer and record-keeping skills • Positive attitude and strong guest focus • Excellent public speaking skills • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Due to the nature of aquatic medicine, an acceptance of extended travel and irregular work hours is mandatory. • Demonstrate a strong dedication and initiative to learning the biology, husbandry, and medicine of exotic (non-domestic) animals under human care. PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: • Must be able to lift 50 pounds • Ability to stand for long periods, as well as walk. • Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. • Ability to stand for long periods, as well as walk. • Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. • Ability to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, or crawl. • Required to frequently talk and hear. • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement might interfere with the ability to work. • Specific vision requirements for this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus. • Must be able to take directional cues directly or indirectly. • Ability to work in an environment that may be loud at times. • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions. • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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OdySea Aquarium
9500 East Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: (480) 291-8000

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