Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wildlife/Zoo Veterinarian – Wellington Zoo Trust

Wildlife/Zoo Veterinarian – Wellington Zoo Trust

Fixed term 12 months

Wellington Zoo is a treasure, housing significant populations of animals and plants and also employing a team of people who are passionate about conservation, education, research and recreation. Some 180,000 people visit the Zoo each year. The Zoo conserves precious species and raises awareness in the sustainability of ecosystems while promoting a keen interest and appreciation for wildlife.

Under the management of the Wellington Zoo Trust, the Zoo is heading in new and exciting directions. Our dream is to be the best Little Zoo in the World.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Zoo Veterinarian to cover a permanent employee who is taking 12 months maternity leave from the 7th of December. At the end of this year we will be opening a state of the art Veterinary Hospital called The Nest (launch early December 2009). The Nest will be an unparalleled facility in New Zealand for providing care to Zoo animals, rehabilitation of native species including marine mammals and birds, and as a research facility.

We are looking for a full time Veterinarian who will take responsibility for the day to day running of the Veterinary Hospital including managing the visitor experience and educating staff, Vet students and Massey University Wildlife Residents.

The successful candidate will:

  • be a great communicator,

  • be confident engaging with Zoo visitors about the work of a Zoo Vet,
  • be able to maximise development opportunities for Veterinary Services,
  • conduct ongoing strategic planning with regards to Veterinary Services,
  • be confident providing support to Zoo Keepers with respect to animal husbandry,

  • develop strategic partnerships for improved outcomes,
  • be confident in avian surgery and rehabilitation,

  • have experience providing veterinary care to birds, primates, non-primate mammals, marsupials and reptiles,

  • be capable of lecturing and supervising veterinary students including postgraduate students,

  • and be familiar with enclosure design and MedARKS.

If this sounds like you and you would like to know more about this great opportunity then download an application form and job description from

Click on “Jobs” which is under “get involved”. To apply please email your covering letter, CV and completed application form to

or post it to Fixed Term Veterinarian Vacancy, c/- Wellington Zoo Trust, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021.

If you have any questions about the role please email Katja Geschke on

Applications must be received by 5pm Wednesday 7 October 2009.

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