Full Time Associate Veterinarian at Save the Chimps
Save the Chimps INC
July 1, 2018
Ft. Pierce, Florida
Type & Experience Level:
Full Time - One to seven years
DVM or equivalent
The Associate Veterinarian works closely with the Director of Veterinary Services to provide over 250 chimpanzees with high quality veterinary care through a combination of a comprehensive preventative health program, daily monitoring and advanced diagnostics.
Essential Job Functions
Provide full time veterinary care for the chimpanzees including daily visual monitoring of chimpanzees, acute care and maintain optimal medical oversight for chronic cases
Knowledge of anesthesia, anesthetic, monitoring and cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
Prescribe and dose medications for individual health needs.
Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures including radiographs, laboratory tests and physical exams.
Assist or perform surgical procedures including wound care, dental extractions and surgeries that will directly benefit the chimpanzee
Provide emergency medical care as needed including after hours availability by phone or site visit to be
Research primate diseases and cutting edge treatments
Maintain medical records for each chimpanzee using the standard SOAP format
Educate staff regarding emergency procedures, quarantine and zoonosis
Mentor veterinary externs and veterinary technicians
Participate on Safety Committee and become proficient with the use and maintenance of the darting equipment
Perform other duties as assigned
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; stand for long periods of time; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. An ability to operate a golf cart or other vehicles for use on sanctuary property is required. Finally, the candidate must be able to run and swim in the face of danger.
Tasks are regularly performed with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, animals/wildlife. Employees must not object to unpleasant chimpanzee behaviors include spitting of water or saliva, throwing of feces, food or other waste, and chimpanzee displays that may include banging, kicking of the fencing, and loud screams or hooting
Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Education and Work Experience
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from accredited University.
Minimum of 5 years experience in a veterinary clinical environment. No primate experience is necessary. We are willing to train the right person.
Florida state veterinary license must be active before starting employment. License expense and continuing education will be paid by STC.
About Save the Chimps INC
Save the Chimps is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade.
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