Saturday, February 2, 2013

Associate Veterinarian

Associate Veterinarian, Division of Conservation and Education, Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR), Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Al Ain Wildlife Park (AWPR) first developed as Al Ain Zoo in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is being redeveloped by the Abu Dhabi government as an expanded 900 hectare integrated biodiversity institution and resort. The new park will feature extensive exhibits of arid land biodiversity including five World Desert Habitats illustrating the animals, plants, landscapes and cultures of specific desert ecoregions, the Oasis Gardens, five Safaris exhibiting the landscapes and large mammals of five specific deserts. Phase 1 will open in November 2015 and will include the opening of the African World Desert based on the Samburu Region of Northern Kenya. The new Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a new world class museum exhibiting the geology, culture and biodiversity of the United Arab Emirates and is a tribute to the environmental heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The project has a strong conservation foundation with ongoing ex situ and in-country biodiversity projects in Arabia and NE Africa and developing partnerships with zoos, botanic gardens and cultural institutions. The current zoo site is being redeveloped as a new Conservation Breeding Centre dedicated to conservation and research. The project is being developed using the Abu Dhabi government’s sustainability guidelines (ESTIDAMA) and is committed to inspiring guests and visitors through creating an extraordinary set of landscape experiences and biodiversity encounters. AWPR is an integral part of the government of Abu Dhabi’s tourist infrastructure and a key component in the nation’s strategy of developing knowledge based economy. AWPR is a member of WAZA and is working towards full compliance with EAZA standards and policies.
We currently have an exciting new position for a qualified Wild Life Veterinarian to join our Veterinary Science team as an Associate Veterinarian on a permanent full time basis. Reporting to the Senior Veterinarian the successful candidate will work closely with Veterinary team ensuring excellent care for all animals at the Zoo.
The successful candidate will be responsible for proactively managing the health of the Zoo's animals while working closely with the Animal Collection team. In addition to this the successful candidate will be responsible for veterinary record keeping, assisting with teaching and training, providing veterinary input into AWPR conservation programmes and contributing to our conservation medicine projects and research.
The successful candidate will work with the Senior Veterinarian to ensure that AWPR grows as an active contributor to national, regional and international breeding and reintroduction projects and an active participant in EAZA and WAZA activities
The Associate veterinarian will reports to the Senior Veterinarian and will be responsible for
(1) Provides medical and surgical care at a location or specific collection,
(2) Participates in establishing policies, procedures, and standards
(3) Oversees restraining or immobilization procedures
(4) Participate in developing veterinary programs,
(5) Develop diagnoses and treatment programs,
(6) Performs emergency and scheduled surgical procedures,
(7) Reviews and analyses pathology records,
(8) Develops and administers preventive medicine and husbandry programs such as vaccinations, worming, nutrition, foot care, dental care, and quarantine examinations,
(9) Coordinates off-site veterinary services and support for conservation programs,
(10) Develops instructional programs and teaches animal care staff, visiting veterinarians, and students,
(11) Conducts and participates in animal inspection rounds with staff and other departments to discuss and plan treatment programs
The ideal candidate will have experience in managing a diverse animal collection and a commitment to establishing the highest standards of care and welfare. The position will suit an individual with a passion for arid land animals who is comfortable working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural institution and working beyond the traditions of a zoo. The successful candidate should be qualified Wild Life Veterinarian preferably with M.Sc in Veterinary Medicine or (DVM) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university. The candidate should have at least 4 -6 years of experience in a world class zoological institute/wild animal collection.
More information about this role can be found by contacting:
Mohammed Al Kuwaiti
Manager, Human Resources
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