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Senior Veterinarian

Posted: May 28, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Senior Veterinarian

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is seeking a dynamic and well-qualified candidate for this key leadership position of Senior Veterinarian. This is a department head position responsible for ensuring the health and welfare of the desert species in our care and leadership of the Veterinary Care team. The Veterinary Care team operates under the umbrella of our broader Animal Care department, making this position an integral part of our esteemed Animal Care leadership team.

We are looking for a motivated and dedicated team player who wants to make a positive difference for the deserts of the world.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic individual who is highly organized, a strong decision maker and demonstrates the ability to lead effectively with all levels of staff across the organization. Active and productive collaboration between the Veterinary and Animal Care teams is critical to the success of this position while working closely with the Director of Animal Care and Health to create a culture of initiative, high level of well-being and creativity related to animal care and wildlife conservation.

This leader will establish and maintain a professional veterinary medical program for managing the health and wellbeing of The Living Desert’s animal residents that meets or exceeds contemporary practice standards of zoo veterinary care as outlined by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and is consistent with accreditation standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

We are looking for someone who can be a productive clinical veterinarian as well as a strong role model and mentor, inspiring and challenging themselves and the team to pursue continuous improvement and innovation in animal health programs while working toward an exciting future and shared vision. The Senior Veterinarian must be able to successfully manage all aspects of the veterinary department, including administrative, technical, scientific, and fiscal responsibilities while overseeing preventative care, regulatory compliance, research initiatives, and some wildlife conservation efforts.

The Living Desert team is expected to support the Zoo in its mission of “desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.” The team will help the Zoo achieve a forward-thinking vision of a modern zoo and inclusive culture. This position directly manages and supervises the veterinary team and reports to the Director of Animal Care and Health. The Veterinary team includes an Associate Veterinarian, three Veterinary Technicians and an intern Veterinarian. The veterinary team partners with Western Veterinary School and hosts students on a regular basis. This person will continue to foster and collaborate relationships with external specialists as needed.


The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-346-5694
Fax: 760-568-4842

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