Veterinary manager - Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with a mission to be “a major force in conserving biodiversity world wide”. The zoo has an international reputation for its high standards of animal welfare, husbandry and conservation breeding and for its contribution to conservation, education and research. It is also just beginning a major phase of redevelopment and expansion which makes this a particularly exciting time to join the team.

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Veterinary Manager to run the zoo’s veterinary department. The post holder will be responsible for delivery of the clinical service together with two other veterinary surgeons, two veterinary nurses and a quarantine coordinator/administrator. In addition the Vet Manager will coordinate and develop clinical aspects of the zoo's research output (working alongside other zoo scientists including a nutritionist, endocrinologist
and applied ethologist) and run our clinical residency programme.

We are seeking a strong team player and experienced zoo/wild animal clinician for this exciting role. The applicant will be expected to hold a relevant post graduate qualification to Masters level or above and have a proven track record in research. They must also hold or be eligible to hold membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (licence to practice in the UK).

The role is full time, 40 hours per week; with weekend duties shared amongst the vets. Salary is £33,525, increasing to £37,250 on successful completion of the probation period.

For further details about this role please see the Application Pack. To apply please download our application form or contact the recruitment line on 01244 389477 or

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st July with interviews anticipated to be held in the first two weeks of August.