Position: Associate Veterinarian
Location: Kendalia, TX
Job Type: Full-time, Salary, Exempt
History: Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 10,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, non-native wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 212 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.
Description: The Associate Veterinarian will be a member of the Veterinary Staff and participate in medical care of both hospitalized wildlife and permanent resident animals in sanctuary. The current Veterinary Staff includes a full time Veterinarian, a full time Veterinary Technician and two full time Veterinary Technician Apprentices. The Associate Veterinarian will report to the Veterinarian and be involved in decisions regarding animal care in coordination with the Veterinary Staff, Director of Animal Care, Executive Director, and Founder/President, and Animal Care Supervisors. The position will be 5 days per week, including weekends and holidays, with some scheduling flexibility.
Primary Position Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Kendalia Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary
This position will focus primarily on non-native wildlife, domestic species and companion animals who reside in the sanctuary including but not limited to parrots, primates, farmed animals, reptiles and domestic cats.
Assist Lead Veterinarian with rehabilitation patients as necessary.
Complete rechecks in a timely manner.
Assist with triage and stabilization of incoming animals.
Conduct rounds with Veterinarian and Animal Care Supervisors and formulate treatment plans for ongoing cases.
Handle emergencies with permanent resident animals in cooperation with the Veterinarian and Veterinary Technicians.
Perform routine surgeries on domesticated permanent resident animals, including spays and neuters. Opportunity to assist more complicated surgeries such as orthopedic repair, trauma repair, amputations, etc.
Maintain accurate and current medical records.
Supervise and train staff members and apprentices on medication administration in conjunction with Lead Veterinarian.
Communicate with staff members and members of the public about ongoing cases.
2. On-call responsibilities
Available 2-3 nights per week to answer phone calls from staff
In the case of an emergency, may be asked to come in for a procedure
Education: DVM degree, valid Texas Veterinary Medical License required
Experience: Preferred knowledge and expertise with domestic small animals, domestic large animals, Avian (wildlife and “domesticated”), primates, Reptiles (wildlife and “domesticated”), Small Mammals (wildlife and “domesticated”) Hoofstock (wildlife) and Equines. Our ideal candidate will have had some experience with wildlife medicine in a rehabilitation setting.
Attendance: Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined in the employer’s sole discretion.
Vaccinations: Tetanus and rabies pre-exposure vaccinations and negative TB test are required.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Communication: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively via oral or written means. Ability to draft, review and produce reports. Ability to make presentations and have superior public relations skills.
Composure: Ability to remain calm and maintain self-control in the midst of difficult circumstances and emergencies. Ability to respond in a professional manner in all situations and have a high level of integrity.
Decision Making: Ability to set work priorities and to evaluate and create solutions to work related problems. Ability to think analytically and evaluate the impact of contract terms; analyze capabilities and determine feasibility. It is imperative to work closely with WRR animal care staff in assessing needs of animals as staff input is vital when considering what the best course of action is for those in our care at WRR. Our Animal Care Staff interact with the animals on a daily basis and their knowledge is critical when evaluating treatment options.
Organization: Ability to keep various on-going projects organized. Requires good time management practices and the ability to meet multiple deadlines.
Technical: Working knowledge of Administration & Animal Welfare.
Computer: Working knowledge MS Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint. 40 WPM.
Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 50 lbs, twist, and bend, and spend long periods of time on your feet.
Reporting Relationships: Veterinarian, Veterinarian Technicians. Other Relationships: Director of Animal Care, the President/Founder, Internal Personnel and the Public.
Candidates selected for interview will be requested to provide references and proof of a valid Veterinary License.
Position open until filled.
Persons interested in applying for this position should send a resume, cover letter to (email preferred):
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Attn: Director of Animal Operations
P.O. Box 369 Kendalia, TX 78027
Phone: (830) 336-2725 x311 Fax: (830) 336-3733
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer