Shift: Day shift requiring some nights, weekends, and on-call availability.
Risk Level: 3
Provide medical care for the chimpanzee colony. Prevent, control, diagnose, and treat conditions and diseases within the chimpanzee colony. May supervise the work of other veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians.
Duties and Responsibilities
The veterinarian will be responsible for providing routine and emergency health care to chimpanzees. Other responsibilities include: diagnosing and treating medical conditions, diseases, and injuries, providing wound care, planning and implementing preventive health programs, performing surgeries, euthanasia, and necropsies as required, in addition to participating in colony management decisions. Providing on-call services for response to emergencies outside of scheduled work hours will be necessary. The Veterinarian may coordinate chimpanzee health care with consulting veterinarians, specialists and staff. This person may: train animal care staff on veterinary procedures, write grants, proposals, manuscripts, and other communications, supervise volunteers, work with visiting scientists, lead accreditation and certification efforts, and assist with regulatory reports and inspections. Additional duties include but are not limited to overseeing chimpanzee health records, controlled substance use and documentation, department budget, inventory, ordering and stocking of supplies, medications and equipment, hiring, training, and supervision of veterinary technicians.
Education & Experience
The Veterinarian position requires a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from accredited veterinary college. The successful candidate must be licensed to practice in Louisiana and demonstrate effective leadership. Experience working with chimpanzees is preferred.