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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

Veterinarian

Position Summary:  Responsible for fulfilling the role of designated veterinarian for Cayman Turtle Centre (CTC), with particular emphasis on aquatic animal, avian, wildlife, & zoological medicine.

Summary of position responsibilities:

  • Train interns and provide coaching and supervision where needed.

  • Function as the Champion for the strategic pillar (research and education).

  • Update and maintain ZIMS data base with regard to all appropriate animals at the CTC.

  • Function as scientific liaison with various regulatory, research, and captive animal interactions industry groups, and oversight agencies: e.g.; DOE, NCC, Animal Welfare Unit of Department of Agriculture, AZA, etc.

  • Participate in the daily activities of the medical service of the park, including primary case responsibility and regular case rounds with park staff and/or St. Matthews University, School of Veterinary Medicine (SMU SVM) faculty and community veterinarians.

  • Act as Bosun-on-watch (Manager on duty) according to a schedule devised by the Cayman Turtle Centre.

  • Report to the Park’s Chief Research Officer (CRO), and liaise with the Curator of the Terrestrial and Education Exhibits Unit and the Lead Aquarist, to establish and maintain protocols for the proper husbandry and care of the animals.

  • Work with the Lead Aquarist and CRO to establish and maintain optimal water quality parameters for the health of the park animals and guests

  • Assist in determining research priorities and become involved as necessary in any research projects supported by the facility.

  • Determine medication regimes, treatment methods, feeding, and other protocols as necessary and desirable for optimum animal welfare and husbandry.

  • Administer supplements, medications and treatment protocols. Train other Crew Members in administering medications, treating animals, and feeding protocols.

  • Conduct frequent observations of animals and report any abnormalities, health or welfare issues, or change of behaviour to CRO.

  • Maintain industry standard record keeping related to animal health and welfare, animal behaviour, diagnostic interventions, treatment protocols,   and other departmental procedural documents. Work with department management and staff to ensure the accuracy, clarity, and availability of all documents.

  • Accommodate and assist with regular audits and inspections by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment, and Department of Environmental Health as required.

  • Plan/participate in research and conservation programs related to the goals of the facility.

  • Prepare monthly reports for distribution to all relevant managers.

  • Train and update husbandry staff in areas of basic medical care to ensure staff comprehension in cases of care for minor incidents.

  • Provide emergency care for the animals in the park.

  • Provide mentorship, coaching, instruction, assistance, and supervision to veterinary students, work-experience students, and assigned interns.

  • A complete job description will be provided to all candidates that have been shortlisted.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Qualified veterinarian licensed to practice in the Cayman Islands.  This will require veterinary licensure in North America, the U.K, or other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

  • Experience related to veterinary medicine of exotic species.

  • Excellent health and physical condition.  Strong swimming skills.

  • Good understanding and experience of animal behaviour, husbandry, and welfare, especially reptiles and birds, as well as other wildlife

  • Availability and ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

  • Ability to organize workload and prioritize tasks.

  • Ability to communicate with, motivate, and work alongside Cayman Turtle Centre staff to build an effective team.

  • Ability to develop and motivate a team of volunteers and/or student interns.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences in both verbal and written forms.

  • Ability to provide and support a vision and direction for the welfare of CTC animals and rescued wildlife (predominantly birds).

  • Basic computer skills and Microsoft Office skills.

Cayman Turtle Centre affords an excellent opportunity for people to gain experience in our exciting tourism industry. This facility offers a chance for the right individual to work in one of Cayman’s leading attractions among locals and tourists. We are offering a competitive compensation and benefits package, which includes 20 working days of vacation, 50% contribution to health insurance and a pension plan.  Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be in the range of CI$58,313/US$69,420.23 to CI$64,372/US$76,633.33 per annum.

How to Apply

Please submit a curriculum vitae, references, and cover letter by February 17, 2017 to the following address: The Chief Human Resources Officer Cayman Turtle Farm (1983) Limited P.O. Box 812 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands KY1-1303 Or email: careers@TURTLE.KY

Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
Cayman Islands

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