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Zoo New England

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

Associate Veterinarian

Zoo New England is seeking applicants for the position of associate veterinarian.  This position will join the department of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine.  The associate veterinarian reports directly to the department director, an ACZM-boarded veterinarian, and will work collaboratively with the director and an additional full-time associate veterinarian to manage clinical responsibility for a diverse collection of approximately 1,000 animals (not including colony animals) representing 270 different species.  Zoo New England operates two separate AZA-accredited zoos, the Franklin Park Zoo, in Boston MA, and the Stone Zoo, in Stoneham, MA (15 miles apart).  ZNE also provides veterinary care to a small native wildlife collection at a nearby natural history museum.  Base of operations for the veterinary team is at the Franklin Park Zoo. 

The veterinary department has been recently renamed as the department of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine, in recognition of numerous programs developed within the department dealing with conservation, biodiversity, and zoological medicine research investigating issues pertinent to both animal and human health.  These initiatives bring together collaborative partnerships with many of Boston’s world-famous institutes of health and science and opportunities abound for further work.  The associate veterinarian will have a significant role in helping to design and implement these programs. 

Zoo New England is at an exciting time of growth, with several capital improvements underway including a progressive new children’s zoo that opened recently at Franklin Park Zoo and new construction ongoing presently at Stone Zoo.  We also have a newly updated institutional strategic plan that prioritizes conservation and research, roles that are central to our department of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine.

The successful candidate will have good communication skills, work well in a group, and provide positive leadership to the clinical team. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Primary clinical veterinarian providing medical and surgical care of all animals at ZNE

  • Coordinates with other zoo staff in activities required for animal health maintenance

  • Contribute to planning and maintenance of a preventive health program up to AZA and AAZV standards

  • Able to coordinate and participate in all aspects of veterinary care for the animal collection

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board certification with the American College of Zoological Medicine

  • 5 years or more of full-time clinical zoo practice

  • Working knowledge of all aspects of animal health care of exotic and zoo animals

  • Willingness to engage in scientific research and produce regular publications in scholarly journals

  • Willingness to engage in the professional zoo medicine community

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: • License to practice veterinary medicine in US and the Commonwealth of MA, or ability to obtain within 6 months • Eligibility for ACZM board certification and ability to become certified within a reasonable period • At least 3 years of clinical experience with zoo animals, such as in an ACZM compliant residency program or equivalent experience • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime when needed • Must be able to work outside in inclement weather conditions to provide veterinary care • Able to perform at a competent level under high stress conditions • Willingness to work in direct contact with dangerous animals and potentially zoonotic diseases, as well as toxic and hazardous conditions • Understand zoonotic disease risks and practice safe handling / procedures when working with ZNE’s animal collection • Working knowledge of all applicable wildlife regulations and laws • Knowledge of applicable AZA and USDA guidelines and regulations • Accredited by the USDA for health certificates and cervid cervical TB testing, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire • Must have rabies immunization and allow for rabies titers and TB testing according to ZNE policy • Must abide by all written ZNE policies and procedures • Class III drivers license • Class A firearms license, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire • Ability to pass CORI screens and random drug testing

Further Comments

All applications should be received by March 5, 2017.


Health, Dental, Life/AD&D/LTD, 401k Retirement Match, plus more.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae as MS Word or PDF attachment to In order to facilitate the appropriate screening of your application, please be sure to specify “Associate Veterinarian” in the subject line of your e-mail. All applications should be received by March 5, 2017.

Zoo New England
One Franklin Park Road Boston
Boston, MA 02121
Phone: 6179892023
Fax: 6174451671

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