Immediately adjacent to the vibrant city of Chicago and housed within a modernized urban AZA accredited zoo with extensive community history, this ~650 animal, ~175 species population has hoofed animals, megavertebrates, marine mammals, carnivores, non-human primates, birds, herptiles, and limited fish and invertebrates. The Associate Veterinarian is a member of a strong clinical and preventive medicine program supervised and managed by the Dr. Lester E. Fisher Director of Veterinary Services who is ACZM and ECZM board certified and Senior Associate Veterinarian who is ACZM board certified; supported by four certified veterinary technicians, a hospital keeper/veterinary assistant and a pre-veterinary intern; includes an ACZM-compliant and ECZM-approved endowed veterinary residency; and is augmented by the University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program which provides ACVP service to zoos and aquariums based in Chicago. On site library and literature management provides access to all ACZM and ECZM required study texts.
The Associate Veterinarian is primarily responsible for clinical veterinary procedures and records across this program. Increasing autonomy is expected following on-boarding period and department tenure, including support to shipment and quarantine procedures. Due to the active residency program, this position requires ACZM board certification within three (3) years of hire. If not yet board-certified, Associate Veterinarian will be given direct, indirect, or combination of support to achieve this goal. License fees required for this position and conference or continuing education attendance to maintain these licenses will be supported as combination of financial support or administrative leave. Conference presentations or posters will be expected when these events are attended.
Applicants must hold a DVM/VMD from an AVMA-accredited program, or have a degree and examination combination that permits licensure in Illinois as required within ninety (90) days of hire. Federal accreditation in Illinois will be obtained once employment commences. Applicants should have minimally completed three (3) years of clinical experience with preference given to zoo, aquarium, wildlife, or private zoological specialty practices; or internship or residency training in these specialties.
Screening interviews will be scheduled in July 2023 with on-site interviews in August or September 2023. Employment commencement date is late October to mid-November 2023. It includes paid leave as personal time (32 hours/yr), holiday time (10 days), and accrued vacation time with seniority. A full suite of benefits is offered including: medical, dental, vision, life, accident and disability coverages as well as a retirement savings plan (403b) and match. Compensation will be offered commensurate with experience and desired background for the position at $75,000-85,000/yr.