Associate Veterinarian


Schedule and Salary

Start Date: 
$90,000 to $100,000; dependent on qualifications and expertise.
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
How to Apply


The Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital is a 17,000 square foot state of the art facility, built in 2012, set in the beautiful Oakland Hills.  Our Veterinary Team consists of two fulltime veterinarians, four full time registered veterinary technicians, and two full time hospital keepers.  

The Oakland Zoo is a leader in animal care and welfare and is a great place to work.  The hospital team is excellent, with a strong collaborative culture.  The Zoo has active California wildlife conservation programs including the California Condor, Riparian Brush Rabbits, Sierra/Foothill/Mountain Yellow Legged frogs, Western Pond Turtle, and Mountain Lion; the veterinarian has the opportunity for active involvement.  The Zoo also has many worldwide wildlife conservation partners.


Veterinary responsibilities:

1. Clinical medical care of zoo cases on a daily basis.

2. Quarantine duties.

3. Pre-shipment organization and communication regarding requests for incoming and outgoing animals.

4. Emergency care, shared on call duty.

5. Shared management of the Emergency Immobilization Team(EIT).

6. Preventative Medicine Program implementation, includes above plus routine exams, dentistry, nutritional assessment, parasite control, vaccinations, routine testing, and collection disease surveillance.

7. Collaborate with colleagues and local veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed.

8. Communicate and problem solve with supervisors and keepers about medical cases, animal care and welfare, nutrition, breeding, husbandry and housing.

9. Perform gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology, prepare necropsy reports and communicate and analyze findings, formulate recommendations for preventative measures.

10. Maintain professional and up to date medical records using our TRACKS system.

11. Support AZA conservation programs and other research efforts by collecting samples and by gathering and submitting data as appropriate.

12. Participate in maintaining standards and regulations of AZA, AAZV, USDA, OSHA and other regulatory agencies and associations as they apply to zoological institutions and veterinary programs/facilities.

13. Review and compose protocols as requested/needed, including Preventative Medicine Protocol, Quarantine Protocol, Emergency Protocol, Biosecurity and Zoonotic disease protocols, Bite/toxin exposure protocols, and others.

14. Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to animal care, transport, treatment, and the handling of controlled substances.

15. Participate in AAZV and other professional organizations and forums; remain current on continuing education requirements.

16. Prepare reports and presentations for publication or delivery at both professional and public forums.

17. Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students, technicians, and volunteers as needed.

18. Work with the entire team to maintain clean, organized, and excellent condition of hospital and hospital equipment.

19. Assist in or lead unique hospital programs as requested.

20. Participate in and support Marketing and Media requests and be receptive to media training as benefits the Department and institution.

21. Perform other duties as requested.

Required Capabilities

Communication, team/culture building, and inter personal skills are highly valued.  Professional communications and interactions with Zoo staff, zoo guests, media, other institutions, and all that pertains to the Zoo is expected.  The position is non-supervisory in nature, but will oversee the work of veterinary, hospital keeper and volunteers in the absence of the VP of Veterinary Services. The ideal candidate promotes professional working relationships with and support of the Hospital team, Animal Care and all Oakland Zoo departments. The ideal candidate has resilience, and a positive, energetic problem-solving approach to work.

Required Education

1. DVM degree or equivalent from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.

2. Current California veterinary license, or within 3 months of time of hire.

3. Three years of exotic animal medicine is required, with a preference given to zoo experience.

4. DEA license.

5. USDA category II accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport of animals.

Required Experience


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