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Veterinarian II

Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Fresno, United States Posted: June 28, 2024


The Veterinarian II provides excellent clinical care for a diverse collection of more than 250 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. The position provides guidance to zoo personnel in animal hygiene, nutrition, zoonosis, and animal management programs. Duties also include compiling and maintaining veterinary treatment and animal health records and coordinating animal research projects. The Veterinarian II will also work closely with veterinary and human medical specialists when advanced diagnostics or therapies are needed for animal patients. Competitive candidates will have strong leadership skills, substantial experience in the veterinary care of a broad taxonomic group of exotic animals, and excellent communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

  • Full-Time employees receive our comprehensive compensation package which includes 100% employer paid Medical/Dental/Vision, Employee Assistance Program, 401k, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Sick and Paid Vacation time on an accrued basis.
  • The pay range for this position is  $100,000 - $120,000 per year.
  • Offers will be based on the successful candidate's experience.
ESSENTIAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
Daily Medical Care
  • Provides medical and surgical treatment to the zoo animal collection to the highest industry standards as needed including but not limiting to procedures involving; remote injections, immobilization/anesthesia, physical restraint, physical examination, surgery, radiology, ultrasonography, endoscopy, phlebotomy, cystocentesis, fluid administration, intubation, anesthetic monitoring, bandaging, wound care, dentistry, medication administration and treatment of the zoo’s animal collection. 
  •  Ability to assume primary veterinarian role in immobilizing various species of animals including carnivores, primates, hoof stock, etc. 
  • Assists in the development of an annual update of preventative health care program including routine examinations, quarantine, parasite control, vaccination programs, tuberculin testing, and infectious disease screening. 
  • Provides daily communication and direction to Curators, Zoo Animal Managers, and Zoological Care Specialists on active medical cases and visualizes patient progress routinely. 
  • Effectively prepares and maintains medical records including all animals treated or examined. Inputs medical records, testing results, and necropsy/histology reports into ZIMs record keeping program. Ensure that medical records are updated and maintained at a high level of accuracy and professionalism. 
  • Works with the Nutritionist and animal care staff to assist in formulating diets that balance nutritional objectives, with husbandry and behavioral objectives. 
  • Adjusts prescribed diets as required to ensure that nutrition, health and husbandry objectives are being met. 
  • Ability to develop, set up and carry out anesthesia and treatment plans.
  • Approve enrichment requests for animal collection. 
  • Adjusts prescribed diets as required to ensure that nutrition, health and husbandry objectives are being met. 
  • Ability to develop, set up and carry out anesthesia and treatment plans.
  • Approve enrichment requests for animal collection. 
Excellent Animal Care  
  • Carries out all procedures required in the transfer of animals in and out of facility which includes but not limited to anesthetic exams, diagnostics, health certificates, and any other regulatory requirements. 
  • Conducts or arranges necropsy examinations on all deceased collection animals and provides interpretation of findings to animal care staff. 
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to animal care and treatment. 
  • Research current literature on health concerns, anesthesia, and treatments identified in animal collections. Research environmental and nutritional needs of the animal collection. 
  • Provides on-call coverage for animal care and ensures routine and emergency care is provided as needed. 
  • Provides expert guidance to Zoo personnel in animal hygiene, nutrition, zoonoses, and animal management. Monitors and analyzes current husbandry practices as they relate to disease prevention. 
  • Participates in reviewing research requests submitted to Fresno Chaffee Zoo and actively completes requests of approved research programs as indicated. 
  • Undertake or assists in the disposition of nuisance wildlife potentially injurious to the zoo collection, including euthanasia. 
  • Willingness to travel to other institutions/facilities for additional training to provide the highest care for current or future FCZ zoo collection animals.
Planning and Personnel Management  
  • Assists with the development and implementation of specialty projects veterinary care budgets. 
  • Acts as primary contact in the communication chain of command in the absence of the Sr. Director of Veterinary Services.
  • Organizes and tracks research requests to make sure they are submitted and completed in a timely fashion. 
  • Interfaces with zoo guests in such a way that guests feel that zoo staff are approachable, knowledgeable and eager to assist with questions or concerns. 
  • Assists in orientation and training of new Veterinary staff. 
  • Work with Hospital manager to supervise hospital team, students, and volunteers in the absence of Sr. Veterinarian/ Veterinarian II. 
  • Ensures efficient and effective workflow, making appropriate logistical decisions and planning for current and future workflow needs, including interdepartmental scheduling. 
  • Ensures animal, employee, and other issues in the hospital are brought to the prompt attention of the Sr. Veterinarian. 
  • Effectively communicates with Curators, Zoo Animal Managers, and Zoological Care Specialists daily, ensuring communication flows effectively from the hospital to animal staff. 
  • Effectively interacts with zoo staff in a professional manner, maintaining appropriate workplace relationships. Actively assists other staff as needed. 
  • Oversees staff performance, providing general feedback and correction when appropriate, and communicates serious or ongoing issues to the Sr. Director of Veterinary Services. 
  • Actively participates in the zoo’s emergency response team. 
  • Assumes other responsibilities as necessary to assure achievement of established objectives. 
Management Accountabilities and Expectations  
  • Customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgement during the workday.
  • Actively demonstrates leadership through actions, reactions, decisions, and professional demeanor.
  • Practices solution-based problem solving and learns from mistakes. Works with the team to find solutions and asks for help when you need it. 
  • Reports to work and meetings/activities fully present, prepared and punctual.
  • Thoughtfully prioritizes needs to be respectful of each other’s time.
  • Respond to emails and other communications in a timely manner. All written communication contains professional and proper language.
  • Demonstrates follow through and is accountable for the management of the team. 
  • Willingly engages the team/ Zoo staff and proves to be an inspirational leader. Actively create connections that encourage open and honest communication with all. 
  • Remains accessible to the Zoo staff by cell phone. Uses professional courtesy and only call/texts on day off in an emergency. 
  • Ability to quickly make appropriate decisions and demonstrate leadership in emergency situations. 
  • Strong planning, analytical and decision-making skills are required, with the ability to work in a dynamic, evolving organization. 
  • Excellent written and verbal English communications skills required, including the ability to present information to small and large groups. Bilingual communication skills a plus. 
  • Ability to work evenings, weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
Education and Qualifications  
  • Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or overseas equivalent) from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine required. 
  • Minimum three years’ applicable experience in zoo medicine. Experience in an AZA facility preferred. 
  • Previous first-hand experience immobilizing hoof stock, dangerous carnivores, primates. 
  • License to practice or obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in California. 
  • Completion of an internship or residency in zoo animal medicine or equivalent experience required. Applicable experience in an AZA facility preferred. 
  • USDA accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport of animals. 
  • Ability to obtain DEA license. 
  • Must have or ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license. 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 
  • These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed. 
  • Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. 
  • Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Zoo may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation. 
  • This position involves sitting, standing and walking.
  • The employee may be required to bend, stoop, or kneel to examine and treat animals. 
  • The employee is regularly required to lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds. 
  • Hand/finger dexterity to properly handle medical tools and equipment. 
  • Close visual acuity for medical/surgical procedures and to view a computer monitor and read printed materials; distance vision sufficient to monitor animal activities and general surroundings. 
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication (in person and via telephone), at normal speaking levels with or without correction. 
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. The employee must convey detailed or important spoken information to others in small and large group settings. 
WORK ENVIRONMENT 
  • The position functions primarily indoors with regular exposure to outdoor Zoo environments. 
  • The employee is regularly exposed to various animals with risk of animal bites (including venomous), zoonotic disease, and other animal-related injury. 
  • Occasional local travel including animal transport is required. 
Mission
  • We inspire people to care for animals, create connections, build community, and save wildlife.
Vision
  • A just future that begins with us and makes possible a world where people and wildlife thrive together.
Organizational Pillars
  • WILDLIFE SCIENCE – Creating environments for animals to thrive
  • Outstanding animal care
  • Research-driven animal wellness
  • Meaningful connections
  • Transformative exhibits
  • Effective global and regional conservation
  • COMPANY CULTURE– Promoting personal and professional staff fulfillment
  • Collective success
  • Career growth and development
  • Commitment to staff well-being and happiness
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS – Fostering a sense of belonging and connection to our mission
  • Premier cultural destination
  • A sense of belonging for all
  • Equitable access
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Trusted leader in conservation and sustainability
  • Rooted in the Central Valley
  • SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – Striving for sustainability in our business and operations
  • Sustainable business model
  • Continued community support (Measure Z)
  • Compelling brand
  • Modeling green practices
Experience Required
  • Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or overseas equivalent) from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine required.
  • Minimum three years’ applicable experience in zoo medicine.
  • Experience in an AZA facility preferred.
  • Previous first-hand experience immobilizing hoof stock, dangerous carnivores, primates.
  • License to practice or obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in California.
  • Completion of an internship or residency in zoo animal medicine or equivalent experience required.
  • Applicable experience in an AZA facility preferred.
  • USDA accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport of animals.
  • Ability to obtain DEA license.
  • Must have or ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license.
Perks
  • 100% employer paid Medical/Dental/Vision,
  • Employee Assistance Program,
  • 401k, 10 Paid Holidays,
  • Paid Sick and Paid Vacation time on an accrued basis
Salary
  • $100,000 - $120,000 per year

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