Reporting to the Aquarium Veterinarian, this position is responsible for assisting the Veterinarian in the care of the living collection consisting of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and invertebrates through a complete health care program with an emphasis on preventative medicine. The Associate Veterinarian instills a culture of respect, trust, and accountability within the department and across the Academy. The Associated Veterinarian motivates, develops and enriches staff with the understanding that our people are our most important asset. Work schedule will include weekends, evenings, holidays and responding to emergencies.
The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS:
- Provides medical and surgical treatment for sick or injured animals and administers medication to animals.
- Instructs Animal Health Biologists in the administration of medications and treatments.
- Supervises the anesthesia of animals for medical or surgical treatment.
- Performs or directs proper laboratory tests on blood, tissue, and other animal matter in order to determine the presence of bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals.
- Examines animals prior to shipment: performs pre-shipment requests, evaluates findings, and issues health certificates.
- Maintains complete and up to date medical records in accordance with Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Aquarium standards.
- Consults with veterinary staff at local universities and other facilities, attends professional meetings and conferences related to collection animals, writes technical articles for publication or presentation to professional groups, and responds to queries from other veterinarians and facilities.
- Responsible for use, disposal, and record keeping of controlled substances.
- Performs necropsies to establish the causes of death and makes recommendations regarding the living collection.
- Effectively communicates treatment status to the Aquarium staff on a routine basis.
- Effectively communicates with the Animal Health, Husbandry, and Engineering staff.
- Presents programs to the general public.
- Participates in Academy committees and workgroups, and the Steinhart Academy leadership team.
- Conducts general tours of the Aquarium and its support spaces as scheduled.
- Participates in professional organizations and associations.
- Assists with protocol and policy development and record keeping needed for AZA accreditation.
- Acts as departmental manager on duty during weekends, holidays, and evenings.
- Other duties of a similar scope and nature as assigned.
- Follows all Academy and departmental safety procedures.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:
- California license to practice veterinary medicine.
- DVM, VMD, or foreign equivalents from an AVMA accredited institution.
- USDA accreditation for the issuance of interstate health certificates.
- Has or is eligible to obtain a DEA license.
- Minimum two (2) years professional experience in the practice of veterinary medicine including one year involving the care of animals in a Zoological, Aquarium, or similar facility.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Advanced knowledge of animal treatment, disease diagnosis, and associated veterinary procedures.
- Advanced knowledge of husbandry and diet requirements of collection animals.
- Advanced knowledge of standard dissection, necropsy, biological sampling procedures, and record keeping.
- Advanced knowledge of water quality testing methods, parameters, and methods for maintaining them.
- Advanced knowledge of public zoological operation, maintenance, record keeping, and life support systems.
- Advanced knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of professional museum and zoo registration methods, and collection management standards.
- Advanced knowledge of inventory accession and record-keeping practices.
- Advanced knowledge of zoological nomenclature, zoology, and taxonomy.
- Advanced knowledge of chemistry and biology.
- Advanced knowledge of management best practices and leadership skills.
- Advanced knowledge of computer programs, Google suite, similar workplace applications, and animal record keeping software (e.g. ARKS, ZIMS).
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work as part of a team or collaborate well with colleagues toward mutual goals.
- Ability to work efficiently and communicate with staff, cross-functional teams and external customers from different backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
- Ability to bring new ideas, create inventive solutions and find efficiencies to transform manually or detailed processes.
- Ability to collect and collate information from a variety of sources into concise and accurate reports.
- Ability to effectively convey information to visitors and the general public.
- Ability to work both as a team leader and as a member of a team.
- Ability to work weekends and holidays on a routine basis.
- Ability to apply principles of scientific thinking to a wide range of practical problems.
- Holds a valid California driver's license or ability to obtain one.
- CPR certification or ability to obtain one.
- Must be able to complete all required safety and chemical training.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment 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 stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50% of the time. Must be able to swim. Must be willing to work with and adjacent to venomous and dangerous animals. Must be able to work in humid areas without natural light. Must be able to climb stairs.
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at http://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls, please.
The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).
The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.
The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.