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Palm Beach Zoo

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s mission is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.


Interested in saving wildlife in wild places?  At the Zoo, our job is for people to fall in love with nature.  Our job is for people to have fun.  Our job is to save the planet.  Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s mission is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.  By joining our team, you’ll become a critical part of a conservation organization at a thrilling time as we expand our team to build the Zoo of the future. Help create innovative animal habitats while saving animals in the wild.  Joining a passionate team that gets to work around koalas, jaguars, panthers while actively doing conservation work in the field from corals to Florida panthers. A green sustainable work place that embraces DEAI we are actively creating a more diverse and thriving work force.

Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is home to the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex, a LEED certified hospital which opened in 2009.

The Veterinarian serves as a critical member of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society’s commitment to animal care and welfare. Robust leadership and mentoring abilities are necessary .Strong clinical skills with an emphasis on continuity of care required.  This position will work closely with the General Curator of Wildlife Care and Conservation to create a model for the highest standard of animal care and wellness with the expectation of constant improvement in creating the zoo of the future in Palm Beach.

All diagnostic medicine programs and animal wellness are expected to be practiced at the highest professional standards of veterinary care in close collaboration and communication with all zoological staff. Participation in, and support of, the Animal Behavior program of the Palm Beach Zoo is requisite.

Essential Functions

  • Provides comprehensive medical and surgical care to all collection animals, including disease prevention and investigation (nutrition, pathology, aspects of management, etc.)
  • Oversees veterinary technicians and protocols of infectious disease management, assists in animal emergency response program, and natural disaster planning, and supports animal welfare processes, working closely with the General Curator.  
  • Collaborates with local and global conservation programs and other professional organizations
  • Participates in collection planning, acquisition, and transfer of zoo animals, establishing and communicating care parameters for newly acquired species
  • Manages a comprehensive veterinary care program in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines while also maintaining medical records and other record management including hospital management (DEA, USDA, FWC, AAZV, AZA, drug inventory, etc.)
  • Conducts medical research relevant to the health requirements of the collection
  • Fosters and inspires open communication and a positive, supportive working environment
  • Supports and participates in PBZ’s Animal Behavior and Wellness program
  • Participates in the education and management of invasive species on zoo grounds along with other educational and conservation programs
  • Oversees all regulatory, management, facility, budgetary, and other aspects of animal care facility



  • DVM degree from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary medical license in the State of Florida or obtain within 6 months of employment
  • A minimum of eight (8) years’ experience as a licensed veterinarian along with experience managing a medical staff
  • Experience working within an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution with thorough knowledge of their accreditation standards and related policies preferred.
  • Ability to work early morning/late evening hours, weekends and holidays as required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel) and experience with ZIMS
  • Maintains active involvement in AZA and other professional associations
  • Strong leadership skills with previous experience managing/mentoring staff, volunteers and/or interns

Core Competencies:


  • Teamwork — supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the attitudes and needs of team members and supporting team goals.
  • Professional/Technical Knowledge and Competency — Keep informed of animal health and veterinary best practices and provide updated information to the CEO, veterinarian staff, and zoologists.
  • Communication (oral and written) — Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listening to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; strong writing and editing skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Integrity/Trust — Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational values and norms; building trust and confidence with the staff and with internal and external customers; respecting the confidentiality of personal and proprietary information.
  • Planning and organizing — Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the zoo; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans that anticipate changes in the work environment.
  • Coordinating — Organizes and moves a group of individuals and/or activities toward a common goal.

Experience Required

8 years


Great benefits, collaborative culture of conservation and and positive growth

How to Apply

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Palm Beach Zoo
13001 Summit Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 561-547-9453

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