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San Francisco Zoo

Veternaty Medical Director

SUMMARY: The Medical Director is charged with leading the San Francisco Zoological Society’s Veterinary Team. The Team is an integral component of the Zoo’s Animal Wellness Initiative. The Medical Director provides a variety of animal healthcare duties in the hospital, as well as management, mentorship and development for veterinarian staff. The Medical Director also ensures the regulatory compliance of the animal hospital and develops, approves and maintains veterinary standards of care for all Zoo animals. The Medical Director is responsible for ensuring an environment of positive teamwork within hospital staff and between the hospital and all other zoo departments. Active and productive collaboration between the Wellness Team and animal care staff is critical to the success of this position. The role of Medical Director may include examinations, tests, diagnoses, research, and preventive medical care of the animals at the Zoo by performing the following duties: 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Develops, approves and ensures veterinary standards of care applied at the Zoo.
  2. Collaborates with other members of the Wellness Team to develop, implement, assess and refine an approach to Doctor-Patient interactions based on positive human-animal relationships.
  3. Oversees comprehensive preventative medicine program for all collection animals including quarantine protocols, vaccination, nutrition, pathology, pharmacy, parasite programs, surgery, radiology, dentistry and medical records.
  4. Oversees and manages the Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians in regards to procedures, performance and any issues directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine.
  5. Maintains a high degree of organization and handles multiple priorities at any given time.
  6. Supervises the staff in medical related procedures; intervene as needed.
  7. Observes and complies with all applicable Federal, State, County and City laws, regulations and ordinances, including DEA and OSHA requirements.
  8. Monitors general health and well-being of the collection and continually assesses and improves the preventative health care protocols for all species.
  9. Participates in the planning and execution of nutrition and reproduction programs for the animal collection.
  10. Maintains accurate and thorough computerized medical records.
  11. Participates in the Zoo’s behavioral training program for medical procedures as well as environmental enrichment programs and ensures that all hospital staff participating in training follow the Zoo’s training philosophy. Ensures that staff involved in training and enrichment work with the Director of Training and Behavioral Husbandry when appropriate.
  12. Produces and submits case studies and novel research articles to peer-reviewed journals.
  13. Represents the Zoo at conferences with case reports and research presentations.
  14. Provides medical and surgical treatment for sick or injured animals; administers and instructs other Zoo employees in the administration of medication to animals; supervises the tranquilization of animals preparatory to medical treatment or shipment; supervises the handling and restraint of animals requiring treatment or hospitalization.
  15. Performs or supervises laboratory tests on blood, tissue, and other animal matter in order to determine the presence of bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals which would adversely affect the animal health or serve as vehicles for transmission of infection or disease.
  16. Coordinates the examination of animals before shipment; prescribes and evaluates pertinent tests; administers tranquilizing medication as required; and issues health certificates.
  17. May have to perform necropsies to establish the causes of death; makes recommendations regarding the disposition of deceased animals.
  18. Develops and promotes a team approach in the hospital staff for problem solving and to increase productivity by using their skills to multi-task.
  19. Provides technical training to improve the skill level of other staff members.
  20. Actively consults with animal management staff and keepers to identify and anticipate needed medical services.
  21. Interacts with Zoo staff and visitors courteously and offers proper attention at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION: D.V.M. OR V.M.D. from an AVMA accredited institution and a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of California or eligibility to obtain California state licensing within six months of start of employment.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum eight years of full time clinical zoological medicine experience at an AZA accredited facility preferred, or the equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities in the practice of zoo veterinary medicine.  Other abilities and requirements include:

  • Board certification in zoological medicine preferred or current eligibility to take the board examination in zoological medicine administered by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is desirable.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid federal DEA license.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain USDA/APHIS accreditation.
  • Excellent, demonstrated medical and surgical skills are essential including strong abilities with general anesthesia for a wide variety of species in a field environment.
  • Clinical experience with a broad range of captive wildlife species is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills necessary to establish and maintain strong working relationships with hospital staff, management, all zoo employees, members of the public, media, and donors.
  • Proficiency in utilizing ultrasound, radiography, flexible and rigid endoscopy equipment.
  • Proven record of involvement in the zoo community (published papers, articles, research projects) is preferred.
  • Proven managerial experience.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess a high level of energy, be self-motivated, and have a commitment to professional excellence and animal well-being.

 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATES: California license to practice veterinary medicine, USDA accreditation for the issuance of interstate health certificates, DEA registration certificate for the use of controlled substances.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals.  The position is considered to be on call weekends, nights and for emergencies. 

TO APPLY:  Apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.  We will consider qualified applications with arrest and conviction records for employment. No calls please.

How to Apply

Apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.  We will consider qualified applications with arrest and conviction records for employment. No calls please.

San Francisco Zoo
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132

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