Friday, June 30, 2017

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurse
(Full-Time / Permanent)
London Zoo 

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Role Profile:

ZSL is looking to recruit a veterinary nurse to assist in all aspects of animal healthcare and welfare, veterinary treatment, nutrition, disease surveillance and preventive medicine of all London Zoo (LZ) animals, including those being transported and in quarantine.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with veterinary, curatorial and animal management teams at LZ in carrying out these duties.
  • Assist with stocks and readiness of equipment; drugs and disposables; records; the preventive medicine programme; and the archive of clinical samples.
  • Undertake a proportionate share of the on-call duties for emergencies, weekends and at other times as arranged by the SVN.
  • Assist with the teaching of students at all levels, specifically for the MSc courses, the Tracking Rotations, EMS students, any VN Work Experience and the VN Internship.
  • Maintaining strict bio-security and cleanliness of the Veterinary Department at all times.
  • Assist in continuing and developing a departmental portfolio of research interests that supports the strategic mission of ZSL and the Veterinary Department.
  • To collaborate with colleagues to develop the skills and experience of the Veterinary Department and other ZSL staff.
  • Provide veterinary input to, and participate in, as appropriate, Conservation Programme and Institute of Zoology projects.
  • To report and publish appropriate clinical and research material in journals and text books.

Person Specification:

  • Registered Veterinary Nurse.
  • Proven and varied veterinary nursing experience essential (some with zoo/wild animal species preferred).
  • Clear evidence, through long-term affiliations and memberships, of a commitment to both conservation and animal welfare.
  • Some experience in training of veterinary techniques preferred.

To apply for this job:
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button which can be found HERE

If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact human resources at

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 16th July 2017

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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