The Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) New York Aquarium is seeking a clinical veterinarian specializing in Aquatic Medicine to join the team of clinical veterinarians, veterinary pathologists, and veterinary technicians in the Zoological Health Program's Aquatic Health Department.

The team cares for the WCS animal collections and specifically at the New York Aquarium.  This position will be based at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn and provide primary clinical care for a diverse and actively expanding collection of fresh and saltwater boney and cartilaginous fishes, aquatic invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, marine birds, and marine mammals.  

The veterinarian will work closely with the Director of Aquatic Health to oversee the medical care of the collection. This includes directing the quarantine and introduction of aquatic animals into a major new elasmobranch exhibit opening in the summer of 2018, the quarantine and introduction of aquatic animals into three expected major exhibit renovations, and to participate as time permits in multiple ongoing WCS marine conservation field programs.  The veterinarian will also collaborate closely with the New York Aquarium's Animal Department to ensure animal health and welfare. 

Essential Functions

  • Provide expert medical, diagnostic, and surgical care of living animals in WCS' New York Aquarium collection and marine field programs, and perform gross pathology evaluation as needed.
  • Provide timely feedback regarding live animal health and disease to appropriate New York Aquarium curatorial and Zoological Health Program staffs.
  • Participate in developing and revising guidelines that define best practices for standard of care, including (but not limited to) those for aquatic animal quarantine, routine and ill-animal health assessment, and health monitoring and shipment.
  • Provide emergency care and be available on an on-call basis as assigned or as necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with New York Aquarium staff and field researchers on research both in-situ and ex-situ for the benefit of zoological and aquatic species as time allows.
  • Work with the WCS Chief Veterinarian, Clinicians, and Pathologists to formulate zoological and wildlife health policy.
  • Contribute to, enlarge and uphold the WCS policies toward the Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped, and other designated groups.


  • Board Certification or board eligible in a relevant veterinary discipline (American College of Zoological Medicine, etc.). 
  • Minimum 2 years full-time zoo/aquatic veterinary experience, DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college, and eligibility for NY State Veterinary Licensure. NY State license required for the position.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a complex, high volume, multi-veterinarian, multi-pathologist, multi-technician health care setting, have excellent English written and verbal communications skills.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2018 - Must be submitted online: (search careers)

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled