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Associate Veterinarian

Posted: April 26, 2024 Expired: May 24, 2024
Lion Country Safari
High School 1 Year

Lion Country Safari

Located in Loxahatchee, Florida, near West Palm Beach, Lion Country Safari is a diverse, AZA-accredited zoological park, which is home to ~600 animals. The park boasts a 320-acre preserve in which numerous species, including chimpanzees, non-domestic hoofstock, lions, and rhinos roam freely in spacious habitats. Additionally, a variety of avian species, small ruminants, and reptiles are displayed and provide close-up, interactive experiences for visitors. DFWP/EOE

Associate Veterinarian

The Wildlife Hospital at Lion Country Safari is seeking a qualified and motivated candidate for the position of full-time Associate Veterinarian. In addition to the associate veterinarian, the veterinary hospital team consists of a board-certified Senior Veterinarian, two certified veterinary technicians, and a hospital manager. Associate is involved in all aspects of this zoological park’s veterinary program.
General Job Description
Under the supervision of the Senior Veterinarian, the Associate Veterinarian’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Providing medical care to the collection animals in all forms of routine health procedures, field immobilizations, administration of medicine and anesthetics, husbandry, surgery, necropsy, etc.
  • Coordinating the implementation of preventative healthcare programs for quarantine, parasite control, vaccination programs, infectious disease testing, periodic reviews of diet and husbandry, etc.
  • Facilitating in animal acquisition and disposition; ensure proper quarantine procedures and pre-shipment health exams.
  • Maintaining accurate medical records
  • Positive and effective communication with veterinary, curatorial and keeper staff
  • Record keeping, lab work, maintaining equipment, preparing medications, and cleaning as required.
  • Mentoring senior veterinary students and interns and coordinating visiting veterinary student externs
  • Providing excellent customer service
Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited institution and licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the US.
  • Minimum 1 year veterinary internship or equivalent required.
  • Minimum 2 years of Zoological/exotic animal experience preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain a Florida veterinary license within 3 months of employment.
  • Must obtain USDA category 2 accreditation within 3 months of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license
Special Qualifications
  • Willingness to work overtime and be available for emergency work.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Willingness to work outdoors, be able to physically lift heavy objects (up to 70 lbs).
  • Understands the physical and health related risks inherent to working with wildlife and zoo animals.
  • Able to work as a member of a team as well as individually with minimal supervision.
  • Interest in research and publication


BENEFITS • Insurance available (medical, dental, and life) • 401(k) • Paid time off • Performance based increase and review after first 90 days EMPLOYEE PERKS • 40% off food and beverage • 30% off all retail shops • Free tickets to Lion Country Safari • Free tickets to attractions through Florida and discounts for family members • Free uniforms

How to Apply

For consideration, please submitt your resume along with salary requitements and a completed Employment Application, found at

Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Rd.
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Phone: 561-793-1084

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