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Staff Veterinarian - Potawatomi Zoo

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Employer:  Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  United States
City:  South Bend
Salary:  Inquire
08/30/2012 07:31 AM

The Potawatomi Zoo is currently accepting applications for the position of Staff Veterinarian. The selected candidate will work full-time with a diverse collection of approximately 450 animals.

Duties for this position include but are not limited to: proactive preventative animal care medicine, diagnosis, treatment and follow up on all animal health concerns at the zoo, conducting effective testing and quarantine procedures for all pending acquisitions and disbursements to ensure the health of the collection while adhering to government regulations, conducting post mortems and subsequent analysis, participating in the planning and execution of the nutrition and reproductive programs for the collection, contributing information and knowledge to the animal care staff as deemed necessary, coordinating the services of consulting veterinarians and other medical professionals in areas such as dentistry and ophthalmology and working with the staff to maintain, develop and implement protocols that facilitate the treatment and care of all animals in the collection.

This individual will be on call for emergencies 24/7 and must be capable of acquiring a DEA controlled substance registration certificate, and Indiana Veterinary license and USDA veterinary accreditation in order to be registered to conduct Tb, Brucellosis, and Coggins tests in Indiana. The Potawatomi Zoo is a Drug Free Work Place (DFWP) and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Responsible for veterinary care of entire Potawatomi Zoo animal collection consisting of more than 500 exotic specimens. Supervises vet technician and dietician. Oversees veterinary budget and veterinary facility operation.


Responsible for overseeing office functions and supervision of staff.


• Functions as a member of the Zoo’s management team.

• Responsible for managing/administering all aspects of a comprehensive animal health care program including clinical, preventative and emergency medical care for a diverse collection.

• Conducts post mortems and interpret findings.

• Oversees zoonotic disease prevention and health checks for staff.

• Oversees and analyze animal nutritional program.

• Maintain USDA certification and insures compliance with local/state/federal laws and regulations applicable to animal collection.

• Responsible to oversee the operation of the Animal Care Facility to include hospital, necropsy, and quarantine facilities.

• Maintains current medical records using MEDARKS and eventually ZIMS.

• Manage pre-veterinary student program and internships.

• Chairs Animal Care Committee and the Animal Welfare Committee.

• Participates in exhibit, collection and facility Master plan development.

• Assists General Curator in safety efforts including animal capture and gun team equipment and training.

• Serves as a representative of the Zoo with the media.

• Writes articles for zoo newsletter.

• Serves as Zoo’s veterinary liaison to the AZA and participates in related conferences and continuing education.


Assume additional responsibilities as requested.


• DVM Degree or equivalent education.

• Three years veterinary experience


• Working knowledge of City or County government a plus.


• Valid Indiana Drivers License required if driving City vehicle

• DEA Controlled Substances Certification;

• USDA Certification


Desktop computer, laptop computer, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine.


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 frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in office settings, with moderate inside temperatures and work in adverse weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office and moderately loud in the field. Entire office is smoke free.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


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  • Criminal Background Check

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