The Associate Veterinarian will report to the Director of Veterinary Services and join an experienced team consisting of one additional veterinarian three to four certified veterinary technicians, to ensure the chimpanzees receive the highest quality of wellbeing care. The candidate will provide full time veterinary care for sanctuary chimpanzees – this will include surgical procedures, diagnostics, preventative medicine, and necropsies.
Provide full time veterinary care for the chimpanzees.
Interface with certified veterinary technicians, to ensure proper care is given to the chimpanzees at all times.
Provide daily visual health monitoring of sick or injured chimpanzees.
Maintain proficiency in anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Prescribe, dose and approve medications for individual health needs.
Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures including but not limited to radiography, ultrasound, laboratory tests and physical exams.
Assist or perform surgical procedures, including but not limited to wound care, dental care and surgeries directly benefitting the chimpanzee.
Provide emergency medical care as needed.
Share after-hour calls with other staff veterinarians.
Research primate diseases and cutting-edge treatments.
Maintain proper medical records for each chimpanzee.
Possess full knowledge of and provide training on all medical equipment available.
Educate all sanctuary staff on veterinary topics including emergency procedures, quarantine and zoonoses.
Train veterinary assistants and mentor veterinary externs.
Participate on Sanctuary Safety Committee, serve as primary responder on all types of Codes.
Possess knowledge of escape procedures and serve as RTS (Response Team Supervisor).
Become proficient in the use and maintenance of the darting equipment.
Perform euthanasia and necropsies as needed.
Maintain active Florida state veterinary license.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Work Experience
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university.
Required: Minimum 5 years in full-time veterinary care; experience with great apes is highly
Experience with other large exotic species may be considered, especially Class A.
Florida state veterinary license must be obtained.
USDA accreditation, Category
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand for long periods of time; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Able to drive and operate golf cart or other vehicles for use on sanctuary property.
Must be able to run and swim in the face of danger.
Tasks are regularly performed with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, animals/wildlife. Employees must not object to unpleasant chimpanzee behaviors include spitting of water or saliva, throwing of feces, food or other waste, and chimpanzee displays that may include banging, kicking of the mesh barrier, and loud screams or hooting.
Work outside in inclement weather, if needed.
Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Must be able to pass a pre-hire drug screen. Also due to the safety risk to the chimps, it is an essential function of the position to have received the COVID-19 vaccine along with several other vaccinations.
About Save the Chimps
Save the Chimps operates the largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary in the world. Located on nearly 150 acres on the Treasure Coast of Florida, the Sanctuary provides high-quality clinical and lifetime care and enrichment for chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.
Save the Chimps was established in 1997 and is home to over 200 chimpanzees. The work of the organization is accomplished by a nonprofit board of directors, more than 60 full-time employed staff, and a number of community volunteers.