Associate Veterinarian

at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Date Posted August 25, 2020
Category Veterinary Practice – Zoo
Job Type Full-time
Closing Date 01/09/2020


Associate Veterinarian
Job Details:
Job Location: Omaha Zoological Society - Omaha, NE
Position Type: Full Time
Job Category: Veterinary Services


Job Title: Associate Veterinarian

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: Full-time

Applications, cover letters, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references must be submitted by Sept 1st, 2020 for consideration.

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential unless otherwise directed by the candidates. Please submit all questions and application materials from personal e-mail accounts rather than company e-mails.


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is seeking a well-qualified candidate for the position of Associate Veterinarian. This position will complete our newly assembled veterinary team, which is comprised of a Director of Animal Health, 4 full time clinical veterinarians, a veterinary pathologist, five full time veterinary technicians and a hospital keeper. This is a unique opportunity to become part of a new team of dedicated zoo professionals working at one of the leading zoological institutions in the country. The Associate Veterinarian will assist in managing all aspects of health care in a very large and diverse collection of more than 1465 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. This position involves work at two separately accredited AZA facilities: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, a drive-thru park located approximately 30 miles southwest of Omaha, Nebraska. Preferred candidates will have substantial experience in the veterinary care of animals from a variety of taxonomic groups as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. This position reports to the Director of Animal Health.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

· Work with animal care staff and veterinary team to implement a preventive medicine program that includes quarantine, routine exams, disease monitoring, parasite control, vaccinations, tuberculin testing, dental prophylaxis, and periodic nutrition reviews.

· Perform safe and appropriate anesthesia on animals of all taxonomic classes. Diagnose illness and injury and provide appropriate medical and/or surgical treatment and therapies.

· Collaborate with colleagues and local veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed.

· Participate in dialogue with curators, supervisors, and keepers about animal care and welfare, disease treatment and prevention, zoonotic diseases, breeding/contraception, nutrition, and husbandry.

· Perform gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology when the pathologist has an extraordinarily high caseload, has the day off, or is away from work, prepare necropsy reports, and formulate recommendations for preventive measures.

· Prepare and maintain medical records in ZIMS, ensuring accuracy and professionalism.

· Support AZA conservation programs and other research efforts by collecting samples and by gathering and submitting data as appropriate.

· Participate in maintaining standards and regulations set forth by AZA, USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies and associations as they apply to zoological institutions and veterinary programs/facilities.

· Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to animal care, transport, treatment, and the handling of controlled substances.

· Participate in AAZV and other professional organizations and forums; remain current on CE requirements.

· Prepare reports and presentations for publication or delivery at both professional and public forums.

· Conduct or participate in in situ and ex situ research projects involving the health, husbandry, breeding, welfare, and/or conservation of both captive and wild populations of animals where applicable.

· Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students, technicians, and interns, as needed.

· Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· DVM or VMD from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.

· Five years of exotic animal and/or wildlife veterinary medicine experience in a zoological, conservation, or sanctuary facility.

· Ability to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Nebraska.

· DEA licensure for use of Class 2 narcotics.

· Possess or ability to obtain USDA category II accreditation.

· Ability to work weekends, holidays, and be on call for after-hours emergencies.

All candidates are required to pass a pre-employment background check, including a drug test, and must possess a valid driver’s license. A negative TB test is also required.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:

· Stand and/or assume awkward body positions for long periods of time.

· Walk long distances across and between job sites on uneven surfaces.

· Bend, stoop, and kneel intermittently though out the day.

· Climb ladders.

· Push, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.

· Potential exposure to inclement or extreme weather conditions.

· Some exposure to anesthetic gases and potential for exposure to potent anesthetic drugs.

· Exposure to dangerous animals.


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.


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