Saturday, October 24, 2009

Veterinary Doctor - Munda Wanga Trust

Munda Wanga Trust

Veterinary Doctor
In collaboration with:
Fred Hengeveld (Manager)
Mumbi Chali (Assistant Manager)
Animal Keepers (Raphael Mutolwa, Robert Mapalanga, Friday Phiri, Geoff Simokonda, Kingsley Mudomwa, Harrison Tembo, Emmanuel Njovu and Paul Jere)

Veterinary Advisors
Dr Liza Oparacha (Showgrounds Vet Clinic)
Dr Ian Parson (Matobo Vet Clinic)
Dr Noleen Parson (Matobo Vet Clinic)
Dr Aron Mweene (University of Zambia – Vet School)
Dr Boniface Namangala (University of Zambia – Vet School)

The Veterinary Doctor is required to oversee the development of the veterinary care programme at the Wildlife Sanctuary and to ensure that the welfare of the animals remains highest priority. The veterinary doctor will work closely with the managers, veterinary advisors, animal keepers and veterinary students. The Veterinary doctor is aware of the role that Munda Wanga plays in environmental education in Zambia, in animal welfare and husbandry education and in animal conservation in Zambia.
Overall Aims of doctor

1. Day to day running of the Veterinary Clinic.
2. Prepare veterinary protocol manuals for all animals in quarantine, ready for release or those that are at the Munda Wanga for long term care.
3. Training of all animal keepers and a veterinary students from University of Zambia.
4. Oversee diet and feeding regimes for all animals at Munda Wanga.
5. Develop and implement the protocol for all new arrivals, injuries, vaccinations, bottle feeding and other issues that arise.
6. Assist with maintaining animal record database in good standing according to PAZAAB and ISIS standards.
7. Have input into the release of animals back to the wild with regards veterinary procedures.
8. Assist management with improving the management systems at Munda Wanga and ensure that protocols and systems are implemented and targets are achieved.

General Operations
The Veterinary Doctor shall ensure that;
• All the animals receive the care and attention they require.
• That all animal records be appropriately maintained.
• The animal section of the Munda Wanga runs as per the Munda Wanga’s veterinary protocols (once fully developed).
• All new arrivals are vaccinated and health screened.
• Maintain all animal records, ensuring that all new arrivals receive ‘record sheets’ and that such sheets remain regularly updated. According to PAZAAB and ISIS regulations.
• All the Munda Wanga’s animals are inspected daily alongside animal keepers.
• The daily feeding and cleaning operations alongside animal keepers are overseen.
• All sick and injured animals receive the required medication.
• All veterinary testing of the Munda Wanga’s animals, e.g. stool and blood are taken when required.
• That post mortems are carried out when required to identify causes of death
• All animals in long term care are routinely tested and vaccinated as per Munda Wanga veterinary protocol.
• Contribute to the ongoing development of the Munda Wanga’s animal welfare protocols, to ensure that the Munda Wanga maintains a high standard of animal welfare practice.

Animal Keepers
The Veterinary Doctor shall ensure:
• All hand-reared orphans that may arrive at the Munda Wanga are well looked after with regards both their physical and mental health.
• Daily records are professionally maintained for any orphan with regards their feeding, behaviour and weight.
• All animal keepers are trained to do medical checks every morning during their morning round and that they report to the head keeper and veterinary doctor if anything is wrong.

Veterinary Clinic
The Veterinary Doctor shall ensure that:
• The veterinary clinic is operational and can cater for basic operations.
• Relations with the University Vet School are maintained and that the students coming for practical training are supervised.

The Veterinary Manager shall ensure:
• That any serious injuries or illnesses to any animal be reported to management immediately, allowing for adequate and quick follow up.
• All veterinary care carried out must be suitably recorded for future use.
• That all records and reports are well catalogued and that any monthly reporting to Management is achieved, in a timely manner. That an easy to use database be established to allow easy access to veterinary records.

P.O. Box 350068
Chilanga, Zambia
Reception: +260 (0)21 1278 614
Accounts: +260 (0)97 7790 883
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