Thursday, October 16, 2014

Overseer – Large Mammals

Overseer – Large Mammals

Bristol Zoological Society
Overseer – Large Mammals
Permanent Position, working 80 hours per fortnight
Salary £20,548 per annum

Bristol Zoological Society has a vacancy for an Overseer on its mammal section at its Bristol Zoo Gardens site in Clifton, Bristol.  This is a hands-on position with the post holder assisting the Assistant Curator - Mammals with daily care of the Zoo’s mammal collection, specifically the large mammals held on section, as well as supervising the staff involved with their care.

The successful applicant must have a minimum of 5 years’ full time experience of large mammals with experience of primates and particularly with great apes as your main focus.   An excellent knowledge of captive breeding protocols within a zoo environment is a requirement for this role and you must have good communication skills to supervise and pass on knowledge to a mixture of staff, volunteers and students who assist in the daily care of the collection.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least GCSE level, including English and a biological science and must hold the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals – DMZAA (previously known as ANCMZA).  The ability to supervise staff is essential and having knowledge of the conservation and educational roles of zoos is desirable.

The position is permanent working 80 hours per fortnight as part of the departmental 14 day rota, which includes weekends and bank holidays.

A copy of the job description and person specification for this position please visit our web site

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to ‘OM application’ the closing date for applications is Sunday, 9th November 2014.  Recent applicants need not re-apply.

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General Manager at Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary

General Manager Whangarei, New Zealand

Exciting newly created role and senior leadership opportunity 
Privately owned Big Cat Wildlife Sanctuary 
Mandate for growth and transformation

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced senior leader to transform the sanctuary where community and commercial objectives are complimentary.

Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary seeks a hard working and knowledgeable General Manager with wildlife experience. The successful applicant must be able to live on the Sanctuary site. 

To be considered for this fantastic opportunity you will have the following:

Specific Skills & Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge in wildlife management procedures and protocols

  • Understanding of the needs and habits of the different species of big cats in the collection

  • Basic knowledge in veterinary medicine

  • Ability to develop and organize fascinating exhibits

  • Ability to conduct interesting and instructive tours

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Advanced report writing skills

  • Advanced business management skills

  • Management of animal collection and staff members

Job Outputs

  • Provide general management of all KWS activities

  • Prepare, administer and review the KWS budget annually & quarterly

  • Ensure that the KWS complies with MAF Biosecurity Standard 154.03.04

  • Ensure a working relationship with zoological organisations such as ZAA

  • Manage the day-to-day operations, and assure smooth functioning of KWS operations

  • Implementation of policies and procedures as required by the Ministry of Primary   Industry (MPI) and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)


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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition
Post Ref No: S2901
College of Arts and Science
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Salary: £31,343 - £45,954 per annum
Grade: H/I
Campus: Brackenhurst

Additional Information: Fixed Term maternity cover for 14 months
An exciting opportunity for a fixed term Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Nutrition has arisen within the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at our Brackenhurst campus. The School is located in a 200-hectare estate near the attractive Minster town of Southwell. There is a range of fully equipped laboratories, a companion animal unit, veterinary nursing facility and equestrian centre as well as commercial beef and sheep herds.

The successful candidate will primarily teach on the animal science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Subjects to be covered (both in theory and linked practical sessions) may include but are not limited to: 

· Nutrition of farm and companion animals.
· Basic nutritional biochemistry.
· Research in animal science including experimental design, basic laboratory skills, data analysis and evaluation.

The applicant sought for this post will hold a teaching qualification, be an experienced and highly motivated lecturer, and be well organised and able to work effectively as a member of the academic team. 
You will hold a postgraduate degree level qualification, be able to contribute to research activity within the School and have or be developing international networks.
You will need to be motivated, organised and able to take responsibility.
Additionally you need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work effectively with others.

Closing date: Sunday 2nd November 2014

Interview date: Tuesday 11th November 2014

If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, please contact Heather Elston, Academic Team Leader - Animal and Equine Sciences, on +44 (0)115 848 5264, or via email

To submit an online application for this position please visit
Further application details are available at

If you require documentation in alternative formats (e.g. Braille, large print) please contact us at

Nottingham Trent University is committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity and we seek people who share those values.
Please note this role does not meet the UK Visas & Immigration requirements for sponsorship. Nottingham Trent University is unable to apply for sponsorship for any applicant not eligible to work in the UK and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship under the Points Based
Immigration System.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurse

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Part-time Veterinarian

Part-time Veterinarian

Board of Directors: Adv. MD Edmunds (Chairperson), M Roestorf (Executive Director), I Cilliers (Treasurer), A Brombacher, M Hopley, Dr. A Makhado, Dr. C Nxomani, S Ozinsky, Dr. S Petersen.
SANCCOB Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds Cape Town (Table View)

SANCCOB is a leader in seabird rehabilitation, research, oiled wildlife response and achieves this internationally recognized work through applying high veterinary standards and compassionate care. With 46 years of experience in the field, and a track record of successfully rehabilitating more than 90 000 seabirds, the aim of the organization is to conserve seabirds, especially the endangered African penguin. The organization is seeking to employ a part-time Veterinarian or a full-time Veterinary Intern to ensure that SANCCOB implements veterinary procedures, and simultaneously advances the research aspect of the work that we do.

Reporting to the Head of Veterinary Services, applications are invited for an Part-time Veterinarian (3 year, part-time contract) or a Veterinary Internship (1 year, full-time contract):

Main responsibilities:
• All clinical care of seabirds at SANCCOB’s Western- and Eastern Cape facilities
o Includes the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment of seabirds admitted.
o Collection and processing of blood samples, clinical chemistry, haematology, faecal
examinations and other diagnostic tools.
o Euthanasia if required, post mortem evaluation, etc.
o Ensuring that SAVC regulations and requirements are met in terms of facilities and care.

• Provide and implement specialist care to ensure that SANCCOB’s bird care is of a world-class standard. Assist in ensuring that SANCCOB’s Standard Operating Procedures are up to date,
implemented and meet the needs of the birds and the facilities. This includes supervision of all aspects of specialist seabird rehabilitation.

• Support, assist and provide expert advice to the Rehabilitation Managers in their responsibilities to manage the facilities to ensure efficient and high-quality running of all aspects of the facilities and bird care.

• Assist and support research projects carried out at SANCCOB.

• Together with the Oiled Wildlife Response team, take on a leadership role during a spill or large bird intake.

Key competencies:
This position will be best suited to a Veterinarian only wanting to work part time at SANCCOB, or a recently qualified veterinarian, interested in avian medicine and conservation, and with an eagerness to learn. The successful candidate should be a team player who is physically fit, hard-working and is prepared to work in all weather conditions, frequently in excess of standard working hours; positive, dedicated, self-motivated and with a passion for seabirds and conservation, with a personable, caring and compassionate nature. The successful person should have excellent English communication skills (verbal and written).

Minimum requirements for position:
• A Veterinary qualification, recognized by the South African Veterinary Council.
• Demonstrable experience/interest in avian medicine would be advantageous.
• A valid driver’s licence.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programmes.

Please forward a detailed CV and a letter of motivation to SANCCOB’s Head of Veterinary Services
E-mail: or fax: 021 - 557 8804. Closing date for application is 17 October 2014.

Management will not accept telephonic applications and will only correspond with applicants selected for interviews. SANCCOB reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Further information for foreign applicants:

Please refer to the South African Veterinary Council’s website for information on qualifications that qualify for automatic registration

Qualifications prescribed under Section 20 of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982 are accepted for automatic registration upon application: Persons who are the holders of the qualifications listed are entitled to automatic registration with the South African Veterinary Council:

BVSc University of Pretoria, South Africa
BVMCh Medical University of Southern Africa
BVSc Massey University, New Zealand
BVSc University of Bristol, England
VetMB University of Cambridge, England
BVMS University of Edinburgh, Scotland
BVMS University of Glasgow, Scotland
BVSc University of Liverpool, England
Bvetmed University of London, England
Examination of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The following requirements will ensure automatic registration for the holders of the degrees listed above:
Completed application form;
Certified copy of the qualification;
Certified copy of the Identity document/ passport;
Letter of Good Standing not older than 3 months from the board where last registered;
Passport size photograph; and Payment

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Head Veterinarian

Head Veterinarian

Date: 2014/10/13

At the LORO PARQUE clinic, work in a modern zoological enterprise, responsible for the veterinary care of the world´s largest parrot collection in the world.

We are looking for:

Head Veterinarian to manage the LORO PARQUE clinic

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with five years experience as a bird, exotic animals, marine mammals and/or zoos veterinarian.  This includes laboratory and surgical diagnostic skills. A high degree of personal responsibility, commitment and ability to work under pressure and with high volume, as well as capability/skills to manage the clinic and its staff.
Preventive health knowledge of a variety of animals is also required. Fluent in English and/or Spanish.

Working in a modern and future-oriented zoological enterprise, responsible for the veterinary care of the world´s largest parrot collection as well as the growing zoological animal population in general; an interesting and varied work, a young and dynamic team, a new clinic with modern equipment and a salary according to the job category. In addition, collaboration with a conservation foundation and advisory work in the allocation of project funds.

Please send your letter of application with actual photograph to:

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Elephant Keeper

Elephant Keeper

Full time, permanent including weekend and Bank Holiday work.

Rate of pay: Competitive with the industry.

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is seeking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic, team-motivated elephant keeper for their Elephant Eden facility. We are looking for someone who believes in a sustainable future for good, captive elephant keeping. Elephant Eden operates a Protected Contact management system.

Applicants should have at least one year's hands-on experience of working with elephant preferably including working with a mature bull. Qualifications are preferred but not essential.

Applicants must be happy to work within the Christian ethos of the zoo and be able to work weekends and Bank Holidays.

To apply please send a CV and a covering letter to Sandra De Rek at

The covering letter should include;

Why you are interested in working at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.
Why you think you would be good at the job.
Some of your interests in and outside of work.
What you think you can bring to the team.
Some of your strengths and some of the areas you feel you can improve on.
Please include contact details including an email address.

Applicants must also include contact details for two relevant referees including phone numbers.

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st October 2014, 5pm.

Proposed interview dates: 11th - 12th November 2014.

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