Associate Veterinarian


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Position Title: Associate Veterinarian 
Department: Animal Health



Assists the Director of Animal Health in the day to day operations of the animal health department; supervises Animal Health staff consisting of 3 certified veterinary technicians, administrative assistant, 2 hospital assistants, interns and volunteers.  Also provides support to the International Conservation Center in Somerset.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for carrying out the preventative health care program, medical and surgical case management, emergency treatments, welfare evaluations, and post-mortem exams.
  • Daily responsibilities include supervising department personnel in the director’s absence, to include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate and thorough animal health records
  • Coordinates out-going animal shipments, including health certificates
  • Participates in staff meetings, animal management meetings, committee assignments, etc.,
  • Provides care for animals housed in the Animal Care Center
  • Conducts or collaborates in research projects.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations related to animal care, transport, treatment, and the handling of controlled substances.
  • Promotes communication between the veterinarians, animal health, animal departments, and curatorial teams.
  • Participating in the planning and modification of the nutrition program for the animal collection
  • Communicating effectively with the clinical team, other Zoo staff, and outside individuals/groups
  • Providing positive leadership to the clinical team
  • Sharing on-call duties with other veterinarians on a rotational basis
  • Helping to teach veterinary and veterinary technician students
  • Participating in research and special projects, conferences, educational and training programs, tours, and other duties as requested


  • Performs all other duties as assigned and directed.


  1. Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
  2. Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.
  3. Relationships with Others:  The employee works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Zoological Society.  Exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
  4. Provides excellent customer service in the areas of guest relations and park beautification:
    • Answers visitor inquiries or finds someone who can;
    • Is knowledgeable of location of exhibits, restrooms, concessions, rentals, etc.
    • Disposes of litter and waste throughout the park and zoo facilities.


DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary college, USDA accreditation, ability to obtain a DEA license and two year’s clinical experience in zoo or wildlife medicine, some experience with aquatic animal medicine preferred; PA State veterinary license must be acquired within 6 months of start date; good interpersonal and communication skills necessary and a willingness to be an integral part of the management team; valid PA driver’s license is required.

Physical Requirements

Manual dexterity is required to operate machinery, restraining devices, including personal computer, fax machine, copier, etc.  Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work involves standing, walking, bending, reaching, crawling, crouching, etc. for periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of fifty to seventy pounds. Position may require occasional off-site driving.  Must be able to work in various weather conditions, as well as weekends, evenings and holidays as required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:


Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

Human Resources Department

One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15206