Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.
Responsibilities: Given objectives set by the Director of Animal Health, is responsible for diagnosing and treating illness and injuries and administering preventive medicine programs for Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s animal collection and birds presented to the BB&T Raptor Center. Exercises skill and responsibility in anesthesia, surgery, quarantine protocols, radiology, nutrition, parasite management, and necropsy.
- Manages medical records using Zoological Information Management Software.
- Communicates with animal care staff to ensure optimal health care for the collection and works with them to monitor and treat animal diseases.
- Works with the animal care staff to develop necessary modifications in animal habitat, diet, training, and enrichment. Remains well informed of changes in policies, animal care, supply needs and equipment and ensures compliance with established policies.
- Cultivates and maintains a positive working environment. Effectively interacts and communicates with senior staff, employees, interns, volunteers, and other zoo and garden departments.
- Contributes to various organization-wide initiatives and projects. Participates in dangerous animal escape procedures and drills.
- Participates in relevant AZA conservation and science committees/activities. Some travel required to attend meetings, professional development opportunities or conferences.
Education and Experience: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university, with a minimum of one year of post-graduate training required. At least one year of veterinary experience within a zoological institution preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Residency training preferred.
The ideal candidate will be able to work independently without close oversight, but also be a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority. Strong communication, interpersonal, and supervisory skills are required in this role. Must maintain a flexible schedule for weekend, holiday, and after-hours assignments. Must be dedicated to excellence with a strong desire to promote and provide top quality animal care in a zoological setting. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC State Veterinary license and SC driver’s license.