Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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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