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South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium

Associate Veterinarian - Temporary Assignment

Located along the pristine harbor in the heart of historic Charleston, the South Carolina Aquarium has been inspiring visitors for over twenty years. From our over 5,000 animals to our award-winning education team, from the Sea Turtle Care Center™ to our conservation programs protecting local species, visitors are struck with awe and inspiration as they journey through all our exhibits, representing the mountains to the sea of South Carolina.


About the South Carolina Aquarium

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. We invite you to join the #1 visitor attraction located in one of the Top Cities in the World (Conde Nast, 2021).

At the South Carolina Aquarium, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. Our culture is built on having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together to increase our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission. It brings us together in ways that help us stand out. We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Aquarium requires all paid staff and volunteers to demonstrate proof of COVID 19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

Required - When applying for this position, please include a cover letter and 2-3 professional references.


Job Summary:

The Temporary Associate Veterinarian is responsible for assisting the Director of Veterinary in the health management of the living population at the South Carolina Aquarium, with special emphasis on fishes, small mammals, birds and reptiles, and the rehabilitation patients in the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center. The individual will work closely with the animal care staff and involve them whenever possible. The Associate Veterinarian will assist the Director of Veterinary Care and Veterinary Assistant with coordination of medical cases and treatments.

This is a temporary position for approximately 12 weeks, beginning approximately mid-February, 2023.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist the Director of Veterinary Care and Veterinary Assistant with medical case management, including diagnoses, treatment, surgery, and postmortem/pathological examinations
  • Rotate on call schedule with the director for 24-7 coverage of the living collection and sea turtle strandings.
  • Assist with the medical care and regulatory compliance of the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center
  • Be responsible for routine quarantine administrations and exams (fecals, blood smears, skin scrapes, etc.)
  • Assist with health certificates, animal transfers, and acquisitions
  • Maintain a medical records system (TRACKS) that is organized and up to date
  • Provide daily interaction with animal care staff for education, communication, and hands-on procedural training
  • Encourage and be supportive of hands-on staff involvement with procedures, examinations, and diagnoses (including information gathering from colleagues)
  • Maintain legal and AZA compliance for all lab operations and equipment (e.g. oxygen storage, vaccinations, licenses and certifications).
  • Be responsible for proper use and regulatory compliance of controlled substances
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of recent advances in veterinary medicine
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings
  • Daily contact with staff at all levels including interns and volunteers
  • Provide support for the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis
  • Educate veterinary students if needed
  • Perform additional duties as requested

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in a variety of clinical tasks including blood, fecal and urine sampling and analysis, bacteriological culturing, microscopy
  • Experience with advanced imaging and clinical techniques including onsite computed tomography, endoscopy, and ultrasonography
  • Familiarity and advanced understanding of aquatic life support systems and water quality
  • Strong knowledge of aquatic biology and clinical pathology
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills along with a mastery of written and verbal communication (presentations, guest interaction, and staff engagement will be required)
  • An affinity for animals and the capacity to make decisions based on the best interest of the animal, collection or species
  • Capacity to take control in an emergency with a calming demeanor and quickly make decisions
  • Capacity to empathize and work with staff to provide the best possible care for the living population
  • Self-motivated, goal oriented, and able to work independently

Licenses and Certifications Required:

  • License to practice veterinary medicine in State of South Carolina or ability to obtain one prior to beginning position
  • Driver's License
  • USDA/APHIS accreditation type II for health certificates

Supervision of Others:

Possibility of supervising veterinary assistant, veterinary externs, Husbandry/Sea turtle interns, graduate students, volunteers, staff, etc. as deemed necessary by the director of veterinary care

Physical Requirements:

Average walking, standing, bending/stooping/crouching, climbing ladders, carrying up to 50 lb, sitting, kneeling, balancing, pushing and pulling, crawling.

Working Conditions:

  • Irregular hours and working nights and weekends required
  • 24/7 emergency availability required (will need to carry mobile phone)
  • Normal office environment
  • Contact with Aquarium guests
  • Contact with Aquarium contractors, vendors and business associates
  • Travel required
  • Must be flexible with schedule.
  • Exposure to elements such as sun, hot, cold, dirty, noisy, wet, frequent temperature changes, poor lighting, etc.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel classified.

The Aquarium is an "at-will" employer, and as such, employment with the Aquarium is not for a fixed term, or definite period and may be terminated at the will of either party, with or without cause, and without prior notice.

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Experience Required

Education and Experience Required: DVM or VMD degree from accredited university Prefer at least 1 year of experience in a zoological or aquarium facility or completion of an internship/residency program in zoological/aquatic medicine Preferred 1 year experience with sea turtle rehabilitation


Amazing Work Culture!


Commensurate with experience and education

How to Apply

Passionate and qualified candidates should apply here:

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 8435798549
Fax: South Carolina Aquarium

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