Head of Veterinary Services - Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMZS), the World Primate Centre, has over 1,000 animals and is the most comprehensive collection of primate species and subspecies in the western world.

A position has become available for a Head of Veterinary Services to develop and run the on-site zoo Veterinary Department as part of the development of the Life Sciences Department. This is a new role and a unique opportunity to develop an on-site veterinary service at a zoo that is undergoing an exciting period of change.

The successful candidate will have the vision to develop a world class veterinary service in conjunction with the Zoo Chief Executive and Director of Life Sciences. The job holder will be responsible for delivery of the clinical service, together with veterinary nursing, registrars and other veterinary support. The candidate will be responsible for coordinating off-site consultants and general practitioners to achieve a high level of all year round veterinary
support. In addition the Head Vet would have responsibility for coordinating and developing clinical aspects of the Zoo’s research output and assisting with the training of clinical vet students from the University of Nottingham. The post holder will also be expected to input on the design of new enclosures and become an active member of the
Life Sciences team.

The successful candidate will be a cheerful team player and experienced zoo animal clinician for this exciting role. The applicant will be expected to hold a relevant post graduate qualification (RCVS Diploma or Certificate in Zoological Medicine, DACZM or MScWAH). They must also hold, or be eligible to hold, membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (license to practice in the UK).

The role is full time, 40 hours per week, with weekend duties shared amongst the vets and extra hours as required. Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position, please send your letter of application and CV to karen.clarke@twycrosszoo.org  The Job Profile for this position is also available upon request.

Closing date for applications is Friday 8th July 2011. The role can be discussed with the Director of Life Sciences, Sharon Redrobe sharon.redrobe@twycrosszoo.org .