Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Associate Veterinarian

Date Posted
July 27, 2023
Full Time

Job Details

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Salary Grade: To Be Determined
Reports to: Senior Veterinarian
Area Supervisor: Senior Veterinarian / Hospital Manager
Department: Animal Care

Position Purpose

Under the direction of the Senior Veterinarian, while collaborating with the Chief Animal Officer, and area supervisors,
the Associate Veterinarian has a key role in the implementation and improvement of preventive medicine programs as
well as providing appropriate medical, surgical, and nutritional care for the animal collection. The Veterinary Services
Team along with the Animal Care Staff, strive to maintain a hospital culture that is based on high quality patient care and

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Responsible for the implementation of all aspects of BPZ’s animal health program, as set forth by the goals of the Senior Veterinarian and Chief Animal Care Officer.
  • Provide comprehensive preventative medical care including but not limited to: physical examination, disease and parasite prophylaxis, diagnostic imaging procedures and accurate interpretation, anesthetic drug administration and monitoring.
  • Recognize symptoms, diagnose and isolate causes of acute or chronic illness, infectious and non-infectious diseases, or injuries of collection animals.
  • Create appropriate diagnostic and treatment protocols using accepted veterinary standards.
  • Provide medical input with animal acquisitions and dispositions; establish quarantine timelines, entrance and pre-shipment health exams, and review available medical history.
  • Participate in behavioral training of animals for medically related procedures
  • Communicates all animal health related issues to the Senior Veterinarian, veterinary service team, area supervisors, Chief Animal Care Officer and appropriate zoo management officials, including potential euthanasia cases.
  • Assures all reports (daily reports, animal transactions, medical treatments, animal record keeping system, etc.) are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Provide input in diet review and change approval process.
  • Must understand and follow all protocols for handling Class II- V narcotics and controlled substances.
  • Participates in the training and teaching of veterinary students and veterinary technicians students.
  • Collaborate with local, regional and global communities through participation in zoo activities, events, tours, and lectures.
  • Provide input for the research projects proposal process.
  • Participate in various HR functions as determined by the Senior Veterinarian.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the veterinary service team, zoo team members at all levels in all departments, consultants, vendors, USDA personnel, state veterinarian, public health officials, specialists, outside contractors, volunteers, local and national veterinarians, veterinary staff and other zoos.
  • Seeks feedback in order to foster a positive, solution based and open work environment in line with the Zoo’s
  • SWEET (sustainability, wellness, education, engagement and team) Values
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Veterinarian.



  • Resourceful - Understanding of zoo animal medicine topics or ability to research all applicable topics as it relates to modern zoological veterinary medicine.
  • Flexible - Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments. Ability to prioritize assignments and delegate when practical.
  • Independent - Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Positive - Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  • Clear communication skills, both verbal and written with all levels of team members in all departments.
  • Customer – Oriented – Must be able to exercise professional customer service skills at all times, with many different types of people and all situations.
  • Innovative - Ability to propose solutions to areas of concern as related to animal health, welfare and risk assessment.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

Collaborates with Hospital Manager to oversee veterinary technicians, part-time assistants and veterinary students on rotation.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit and work at a desk for extended
periods of time, stand, walk on uneven terrain, climb, and utilize manual dexterity to use various tools, machines,
medical and computer equipment. The incumbent is regularly exposed to all types of weather conditions including
extreme heat and cold, snow, hail, wind, and rain. Some work is required in small and/or confined spaces.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions.

Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
Adjusting or moving objects up to 50 pounds in all directions.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Communicating with others to exchange information.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
Operating machinery and/or power tools.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling –
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
Reaching with hands and arms.
☐ Never ☐ Occasionally ☒ Constantly
Tasting or smelling.
☐ Never ☒ Occasionally ☐ Constantly
☒ Close vision; ☒Distant vision; ☒ Color vision; ☒ Peripheral vision; ☒Depth perception; ☒ Ability to adjust focus
Lifting Requirement.
☒ > than 50 pounds ☐ Up to 50 pounds ☐ Up to 40 pounds ☐ Up to 25 pounds ☐ Up to 10 pounds

Required education and experience

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Three years of experience or more as a clinical veterinarian in exotic animal medicine, preferably at a zoological facility.
  • Maintain a high level of proficiency in grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo.
  • Employment with the zoo is the employee’s primary employment responsibility.
  • Must be able to operate independently and collaboratively, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Ability to act calmly and professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest interactions.
  • Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Ability to communicate effectively to all ages of visitors, staff, and other zoological professionals, both verbally and written
  • Ability to understand formulations, dose calculations, budgets, timelines, compounding, and off label uses, etc.
  • Ability to understand and write all medical records, create schedules, understand and use goal setting, be able to collaborate, and prioritize emergency and preventative cases
  • All normal computer business skills (Microsoft office) required. Familiar with or ability to learn ZIMS operating systems.


  • Ability to obtain an Iowa motor vehicle driving license
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Iowa.
  • Eligibility to obtain a Controlled Substance Registration Certification by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in order to purchase veterinary drugs within 6 months of hire.
  • Eligibility to obtain a U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) category II accreditation within 3 months of hire.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any
time with or without notice.

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