Wildlife Veterinarian

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Summary:
The veterinarian is responsible for providing and overseeing all veterinary health/medical/surgical services to maximize care for more than 4,000 sick, injured, orphaned, and oil-impaired wild animals each year.

The priorities for this position are to:
Strengthen the wildlife rehabilitation program through advanced medical care
Ensure that treatment of patients is executed to the highest achievable level with the assistance of volunteers, assistants, interns, and volunteers in both the hospital and in homecare.
Train and oversee staff and volunteers in aspects of veterinary medicine that will enhance the care of patients and foster professional growth, meet department goals, and further the organization’s mission of inspiring and connecting people with wildlife.
Ensure that excellent customer service to volunteers, coworkers, the public, and the patients is consistently administered.

Essential Duties:
Provide medical care to 200+ different species of wildlife patients
Perform diagnostic testing as needed.
Advise staff during medical, surgical, and anesthetic procedures.
Communicate medical information accurately to staff and the public as necessary and appropriate.
Develop medical protocols in conjunction with the Director of Rehabilitation to direct rehabilitation staff and volunteers.
Maintain and oversee animal data management and record keeping (WRMD)
Provide externships to veterinarians, veterinary students, and residents in the area of wildlife rehabilitation.
Monitor the dispensation of drugs and other prescribed treatments.
Represent SBWCN at fundraising, media, and community events.
Coordinate with volunteer veterinarians.
Conduct and participate in animal rounds and meetings with animal care staff to discuss and plan treatment programs, coordinate animal moves (intra and inter-institutional), and address other welfare or husbandry issues.

Education/Experience:
California Veterinary License
DEA license
USDA accreditation preferred
OWCN (Oiled Wildlife Care Network) certifications preferred
3-4 years experience in the practice of veterinary medicine
At least 2 years of experience with the medical care of wild animals in rehabilitation or a zoological institution.
Professional standing and ability to represent SBWCN with governmental regulatory agencies and professional organizations across the country.

Job Requirements:
Working knowledge of: diseases, pathology and associated treatment for a wide variety of animal taxa; whole collection medical management in a wildlife rehabilitation setting; medical record keeping and the preparation of reports both routine and specialized in nature on all treatments and research.
Knowledge of modern veterinary procedures and practices associated with a broad range of taxa and technical expertise to apply those practices.
Experience and expertise in safely managing and administering drugs used for wild animals, including ultra-potent narcotics and the various dart systems used to administer the drugs.
Excellent ability and emotional intelligence to develop and sustain effective working relationships within an organization; this includes superior interpersonal skills, an ability to work with diverse personalities, and tactful communication.
Strong organizational and written skills, including record keeping.
Proficiency in computer use including Microsoft Office 365 and Google Suite.
Flexible with the ability to adapt to a dynamic environment.
Even-tempered; ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Positive attitude and a sense of humor.
Exemplary verbal and written communication skills and ability to cultivate positive and congenial relationships with staff and volunteers.
Teaching skills.
Situational awareness to navigate an environment that can be fast-paced, intense, and emotionally fraught for staff, volunteers, and the public.
Possess empathy, compassion, patience, and the ability to execute difficult emotional decisions regarding the lives of injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife.
Handling/restraining sick, injured and orphaned wild animals; exposure to zoonosis, bites, scratches and other potential injury.
Must possess pre-exposure rabies vaccinations.
Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment.

Physical Demands:
Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly.
Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting.
Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching.

Hours, Benefits, Compensation:
This is a salaried, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. SBWCN offers a competitive benefits package including paid sick time, vacation, and holidays. Full time positions are eligible for health benefits and 401K eligibility.

How to Apply:
Please send your cover letter, CV, and two references to the Executive Director of SBWCN, Ariana Katovich at ariana@sbwcn.org.

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