The Georgia Aquarium is seeking applicants for a Senior Associate Veterinarian (SAV). This individual will report to the Senior Veterinarian & Clinical Residency Coordinator (SV). Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and full benefits, including support of continuing education. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA accredited college or ECFVG certified

  • A Georgia veterinary license or the ability to obtain one within 3 months

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience with full-time practice in aquatic animal medicine is preferred; ACZM diplomat status also preferred

  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience in an AZA-accredited institution working with zoo/aquatic animals and associated husbandry, clinical care, and regulatory issues is recommended

  • Previous experience in managing paid and/or unpaid staff and volunteers is preferred

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to organize, manage time, and set priorities while meeting deadlines

  • Effective problem analysis and resolution skills and the ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet departmental requirements and program needs

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills as well as superior presentation skills and a willingness to work with internal/external media when necessary

  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality and to be able to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products and standard PC operating systems and the ability to research and analyze various types of data information

  • Valid passport or the ability to obtain one

The Department of Animal Health at the Georgia Aquarium provides a unique opportunity in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital and provides optimal veterinary health care for a collection consisting of aquatic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, elasmobranch and teleost fish, and invertebrates. The Animal Health team consists of the Sr. Vice President for Animal Health, Research and Conservation (SVP), the Sr. Director of Animal Health (SDAH), the Sr. Veterinarian & Clinical Residency Coordinator (SV), 2 Associate Veterinarians, a Veterinary Resident, the Animal Health Coordinator, and 5 Clinical Veterinary Technicians. The veterinary resident position is part of a joint residency program in zoo, aquatic, and exotic animal medicine with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine (UGA-CVM), Zoological Medicine Service and Zoo Atlanta. Through the UGA-CVM, there is also an established aquatic veterinary pathology program with a faculty pathologist and two residents that work very closely with Georgia Aquarium, Animal Health.

The SAV assists in overseeing the development, implementation, and daily operation of the Animal Health Department through clinical animal care, husbandry, and research for a wide variety of taxa. This individual works interdependently with other animal health and zoological operations staff as well as veterinarians and staff from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine to ultimately yield the highest standard of aquatic animal veterinary health care. The SAV works directly with collection animals performing diagnostic procedures and administering treatments in addition to assisting with the management of department operations, clinical records, clinical records, case rounds, and a program of preventative medicine. This individual serves as the primary clinical veterinarian in the absence of the SDAH and/or the SV. Though the SAV has primary clinical responsibilities to the collection animals, this individual is encouraged to participate in clinical scientific studies, produce peer-reviewed publications, and present at professional meetings.

The following application materials should be submitted electronically to Michelle Davis at by 15 November 2019:

  • a curriculum vitae or resume,

  • a letter of intent reflecting the applicant's goals in the area of aquatic animal medicine,

  • 3 letters of recommendation, two of which should be written by veterinarians

Interested candidates should visit the Georgia Aquarium website at and reference position requisition #SENIO01694 - Senior Associate Veterinarian.

Georgia Aquarium is an EOE and a drug-free workplace.