Manager, Veterinarian Science – Wellington Zoo Trust

Wellington Zoo is a treasure, housing significant populations of animals and plants and also employing a team of people who are passionate about conservation, education, research and recreation. Some 180,000 people visit the Zoo each year. The Zoo conserves precious species and raises awareness in the sustainability of ecosystems while promoting a keen interest and appreciation for wildlife.
Under the management of the Wellington Zoo Trust, the Zoo is heading in new and exciting directions. Our dream is to be the best Little Zoo in the World.
We are looking for a passionate and experienced Zoo Veterinarian to manage our new state of the art Veterinary Hospital called The Nest – Te Kohanga (opened December 2009). The Nest – Te Kohanga is an unparalleled facility in New Zealand for providing care to Zoo animals, rehabilitation of native species including marine mammals and birds, and a research facility.
We are looking for a full time Manager, Veterinarian Science who will take responsibility for the day to day running of the Veterinary Hospital including managing the visitor experience and educating staff, Vet students and Massey University Wildlife Residents.
The successful candidate will:
• be a great communicator and confident engaging with Zoo visitors about the work of a Zoo Vet,
• supervise and teach the veterinary staff in their veterinary care of the collection animals and rehabilitation cases.
• maximise the use of veterinary for research projects
• be able to maximise development opportunities for Veterinary Services,
• conduct ongoing strategic planning with regards to Veterinary Services,
• be confident providing support to Zoo Keepers with respect to animal husbandry,
• develop strategic partnerships for improved outcomes,
• be confident in avian surgery and rehabilitation,
• have experience providing veterinary care to birds, primates, non-primate mammals, marsupials and reptiles,
• be capable of lecturing and supervising veterinary students including postgraduate students, and
• be familiar with enclosure design and MedARKS.
Download a job description and an application form.
To apply please email your covering letter, CV and completed application form to zooapplications@wellingtonzoo.com or post it to Manager Veterinarian Science Vacancy, c/- Wellington Zoo Trust, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021.
If you have any questions about the role please email zooapplications@wellingtonzoo.com
Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 29 November 2010.
For more information please e-mail: zooapplications@wellingtonzoo.com