Friday, May 26, 2017

Applications are invited for a Residency in Zoological Medicine

Applications are invited for a Residency in Zoological Medicine

School of Veterinary Sciences
Langford House, Langford
North Somerset BS40 5DU
Tel: Office (0117) 928 9804

Title of studentship:        Residency (MSc) in Veterinary Science  - Zoological Medicine
Faculty/School/Department(s)        University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences
Location        Bristol Zoo Gardens / The Wild Place Project / University of Bristol / Langford Vets
Stipend        £18,096 + living allowance (Tax Free)
Mode of Attendance        Full time
Programme duration         Residency Three Years

Application Closing date        4th June 2017

Applications are invited for a Residency in Zoological Medicine.

For the residency we seek a veterinary surgeon, ideally with at least 2 years post-graduate exotic/zoo animal experience, which may include a suitable internship. The resident will study towards a taught Masters in Veterinary Science and the European Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management speciality). The resident will be involved in clinical work and clinical research and will be expected to submit for publication manuscripts based on their research work during the programme.

The MSc in Veterinary Science will develop your clinical research skills and enhance universally important skills such as scientific writing, critical reading and statistical analysis of data. The programme is open to veterinary graduates holding a degree registrable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

How to apply:
Please make an online application for this studentship at Please select MSc in Veterinary Science on the Programme Choice page.
If assistance is needed when completing the application form 
please email or call on 0117 331 6824

Interviews will take place w/c 5th June 2017

Candidate requirements: 
Experience in clinical practice is essential.  If English is your second language you will need to provide evidence that meet the programme’s English language entry level requirements.  Further information regarding this can be found on the University’s website:
You must be, or eligible to be, a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The Residency will start on 10th July 2017.

Contacts: For informal enquires please contact:

Ms M G Barrows at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Senior Animal Keeper: Primates

Senior Animal Keeper: Primates

Twycross Zoo is at a very exciting stage of development with the first phase of a 20 year masterplan already underway.  The plan will see the zoo developing new habitats for a refreshed animal collection.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Animal Keeper to work on our Primates section. This area manages all our small primate species including gibbons, callitrichids, cebids, guenons and lemurs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • working on the section, covering all areas of animal husbandry
  • assisting with the training and development of staff
  • training and record keeping
  • interacting with zoo visitors

Key Skills & Requirements:

  • minimum of 4 years’ experience as a keeper – must include working with primates
  • enthusiastic, high performing and motivated with a proven track record in zoo animal management
  • substantial working knowledge of the natural history and management of key species
  • good team worker with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills
  • commitment to continued professional development of yourself and other staff
  • previous experience of supervising and training staff
  • zoo keeping experience and a relevant animal-related qualification

The role is permanent full time and includes weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly and we provide uniform and 31 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays).

Please apply on-line by sending your CV with a covering letter to:

Closing date for applications is: 25th Jul 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Trainee Aquarist

Trainee Aquarist
Sea Life Adventure

Sealife Adventure is the south-east's number one premier aquarium. Situated in Southend, and owned by the Stockvale group of companies, Sealife Adventure is home to an array of stunning marine life and boasts over 40 beautiful displays.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about caring for all types of aquatic animals to join our dedicated team of aquarists. This exciting position will involve carrying out husbandry duties for the creatures in our care, helping to maintain our various life support systems and helping to develop our displays – you may get the opportunity to make a lasting impact on Sealife Adventure by creating entirely new exhibits.

If this all sounds like something you would love to do, then we would love to hear from you. The ideal candidate for this role would be someone with a background in caring for aquatic animals, and working with pumps and other aquarium equipment. A qualification in marine biology or similar would be an advantage, but opportunities for training and professional development are available for the right candidate.

This job will be hard work! This means that you will need to have a strong work ethic, with a passion and dedication for your job. Someone who can also provide excellent customer service and can deliver public talks would be ideal for the role. A flexible approach to working hours is essential.

We like to help people that help us! There are chances for advancement within the company as well as opportunities for training and personal development. As an aquarist at Sealife Adventure you will also have access to a range of company benefits, including discounted entry at Adventure Island, and discounts at a range of food outlets in Adventure Island.

So if you want to become one of the key members of the team at Sealife Adventure, then please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Closing date for applications is: 4th Jun 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Thursday, May 25, 2017




Al Bustan Zoological Centre is a privately-owned zoo, based in Sharjah in the UAE, with a wide variety of local and exotic animal species. We are expanding our management team and are looking for a dynamic person for the following responsibilities:

•        Zoo Registrar, ZIMS, ZIMS Medical, Studbook queries and reports
•        Handle all studbook communication and species information requests.
•        Zoo Month report compiling
•        Zoo based office administration
•        Responsible for administration of general zoo email account.
•        Responsible for social media account management.
•        Manage  feed orders and deliveries
•        Zoo related orders
•        Medical stock order with close collaboration with Veterinary team.
•        Point of communication between zoo management and Zoo accounts department

The successful candidate should have the following:

•        DMZAA or similar zoo based management qualification.
•        An excellent understanding of computer software such as MS Office, etc
•        An excellent understanding of animal record keeping and data capturing.
•        Excellent communication skills.
•        Attention to detail.

This vacancy requires the candidate to be in good physically and mental health with an ability to manage stress in this demanding environment.

For more information and to send your CV, please contact or

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Animal Manager

Animal Manager

Chestnut Centre Otter and Owl Wildlife and Conservation Park

Position:  Animal Manager (Full-time / Permanent)

Salary: (dependant on experience, minimum 3 years at management level paid zoological employment).

About Us:

The Chestnut Centre is an established and expanding family run business. It is one of three BIAZA accredited zoos within our company, and we strive for the highest standards in animal husbandry, conservation and education. Our mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats through engagement and interaction with the general public. This particularly involves both otter and owl species at the park, so intimate knowledge of both taxa is a must with this role.

Our company aim is realised over our three centres which hold an important and diverse range of species. The Chestnut Centre promotes and champions our U.K. and European native species. Focusing on both extant and extinct species of Britain, with the addition of some important exotic species too. Native species knowledge would be advantageous.

Overview of Role:

We are seeking an experienced Animal Manager to work with a wide range of species within our park. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure high standards of animal welfare, animal husbandry and keep daily checks and records of animals within all sections. As well as training, supervising and working closely with the small team keeping staff and working closely with the General Manager and Curator to move the collection forward.

Working hours are 40hrs per week, worked within a roster which includes regular weekends and bank holiday’s, so flexibility regarding hours is crucial.

The role is physically demanding and our site is mainly outdoors, so ability to deal with all weathers essential.

Applicants must have a passion for working with a variety of animals within a Zoo environment however experience with native species and native species wildlife rehabilitation would be desirable. Good communication skills and experience of dealing with the public is essential, together with the ability to work effectively within a small and self-reliant team.

A minimum of three year’s paid employment within a zoological related management/supervisory position required.

Main Duties:

  • • managing the staff in regards to cleaning of all areas within the zoo, and being included in tasking these duties
  • • managing enclosure/paddock servicing, maintenance and refurbishment. A basic use of hand tools and equipment would be an advantage.
  •   Continued reviewal and updating of all approved diets, nutrition and enrichment.
  • • Managing the supervision of correct feeding procedures where this is deemed appropriate for each species and working with curator and keepers to ensure all husbandry, welfare and dietary needs are met for the specific species we house.
  • • Ensuring that all safety and emergency procedures are implemented/followed at all times.
  • • Liaising with the curator in regards to the movement and/or training of animals, “Meet the Animals” etc.
  • • Maintaining courteous and helpful relations with visitors. Dealing with customer requests and information.
  • • Reporting defects and repairs required to the maintenance department.
  • • Assisting in various projects related to animal management as directed by senior animal management staff.
  • ·       Reporting directly to our company vet in regards to any medical or veterinary issues or concerns as they become apparent.

Person Specification:

  • • Practical experience of animal management with a range of domestic and exotic species.
  • • Broad taxonomic knowledge on a range of species managed within zoological collections. Particular advantage would be carnivore/mustelid and strigiform husbandry.
  • • Willingness to work on and learn about evolving husbandry management within zoological collections to include positive re-enforcement training for behavioural management and varied methods of enrichment for a range of species.
  • • Knowledge of techniques used to handle specific animals should catch ups or veterinary procedures require this.
  • • Be able to demonstrate initiative and a pro-active approach to completing tasks beneficial to the section/department without always waiting to be asked.
  •       Keeper experiences are an essential part of our business, we are very customer focused so please make sure you are.

Please note*

  • ·       A full clean driving licence is required.
  • ·       Accommodation will not be provided on site.
  • ·       Public transport is not an option for those seeking this position.
  • ·       We do not hold telephone or Skype interviews; all interviews will be held at the Park.
  • ·       Our park is set in the Derbyshire Peak district, this role, although within a small collection in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, is physically demanding and requires the ability to think on ones’ own and adjust to a demanding, flexible work environment.

Closing Date: Midnight Monday 12th June

To Apply:

Applicants will need to contact Zoe O’Reilly at the email address below, an application form will then be sent out. Please return  your CV, application form and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability etc), to

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

Experienced Zookeeper

Experienced Zookeeper

Flamingo Land Zoo

Flamingo Land Zoo is looking for an experienced zookeeper to join our team.  Flamingo Land is one of the leading tourist attractions in the UK, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors each year.  The zoo currently has over 130 species across a range of different taxa.  We have an active education department, our own research institute (in collaboration with the University of York) and an award winning conservation project in Tanzania.  The zoo is also a member of BIAZA, EAZA and WAZA.

The successful candidate will join our existing team of zookeepers and could work with any of our animal sections.  Experience with any of the following taxa would be an advantage, birds, ungulates, primates and carnivores.  All of our zookeepers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities which include research, environmental enrichment and education.

The successful candidate will ideally have

·         Experience of working in a zoological collection

·         Passed the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (or equivalent)

·         A current driving licence (preferred)

·         Experience with any of the above mentioned taxa (you will receive direct training in the husbandry of all species at Flamingo Land)

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Experience of delivering keeper talks and visitor engagement activities

·         Computer knowledge and experience of ZIMS would be an advantage

Our zookeepers work five days out of seven with 30 days annual leave.  A competitive salary is provided along with a staff reward scheme.

Interviews (including practical sessions) will take place the week after the closing date above.

How to Apply:  Please email a CV and covering letter by 02 June 2017 to:

Ross Snipp
Deputy Executive
Flamingo Land

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant