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Lead Veterinarian

Contract: Part-Time, 1-Day / Week (On-Site)

Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt


General Statement of Duties

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Lead Veterinarian is responsible for the comprehensive medical care of the Museum’s live animal collections (both program and exhibit). As an integral part of the Curatorial Team, the Lead Veterinarian works with the Museum’s Curatorial Department in the planning and implementation of its veterinary care program to ensure compliance with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) current standards and guidelines. The Lead Veterinarian is responsible for reviewing and managing the decisions related to animal health/nutrition, husbandry protocols, record keeping, drug expiration dates, quarantine areas, enrichment plans, and preventative disease control measures. He or she must be a practicing veterinarian licensed in the state of Virginia.



  • DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA accredited university or school of veterinary medicine.
  • Must possess and maintain all necessary licenses, permits, certificates and credentials required by the laws of the United States, the State of Virginia and all other appropriate governmental agencies (including any certification and credentials required).
  • Must hold and maintain independent insurance and provide proof to the Museum.
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience practicing veterinary medicine.
  • Applied knowledge of animal behavior, basic safety, documentation/record keeping skills, medical terminology, performing diagnostic procedures and the use of medical technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in captive management and health monitoring of native wildlife.
  • Thorough knowledge of approved animal husbandry techniques.
  • Familiarity with AZA accreditation standards and related policies.
  • Willingness to participate in scientific studies and clinical projects.
  • Strong leadership skills; previous experience supervising/mentoring staff, volunteers and/or interns.
  • Above average ability to organize, manage time, and set priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Effective problem analysis and resolution skills; ability shift priorities to meet needs.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Trained in chemical immobilization.
  • Intermediate level computer knowledge and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours on-site to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a comprehensive veterinary care program for the Museum’s live animal collections (both program and exhibit) based on current AZA Standards and the Guidelines for Zoo and Aquarium Veterinary Medical Programs and Veterinary Hospitals (; ensure that the Museum’s program emphasizes preventative disease control measures.
  • Meet and coordinate directly with Museum’s Curatorial Director.

Review and manage decisions related to:

  • Animal health / Nutrition policies
  • Husbandry protocols
  • Animal record keeping (regular and medical)
  • Drug protocols and drug expiration dates
  • Quarantine protocols and areas
  • Enrichment plans and procedures
  • Animal acquisition policies and procedures
  • Necropsy policies and procedures
  • Institutional Collection Plan (ICP) updates
  • Animal welfare issues
  • Work with an appointed AZA Veterinary Mentor to ensure that the veterinary care program is compliant with current AZA Standards and Guidelines.
  • Ensure that the Curatorial Team is apprised of relevant laws and regulations regarding the Museum’s live animal collections and maintaining current AZA Standards.
  • Develop and share a presentation highlighting disease preventative measures and other animal health/welfare issues at one monthly All Staff Meeting per year.
  • Work with the General Curator / Registrar to ensure that all animal records are current and updated in a timely manner not to exceed two weeks.
  • Work with the Medical Coordinator to ensure that: medical documents are up-to-date; the clinic, surgery, x-ray and necropsy areas are maintained in a professional manner; on-site chemical immobilization equipment is properly maintained.
  • Work with the Medical Coordinator to document monthly inspections of all on-site medications/drugs in a log book; Ensure that expired drugs are disposed of properly; In special cases where an expired medication/drug is deemed safe to use, the Lead Vet must clearly label the extended use date.
  • Assist as necessary with setting up quarantine for newly admitted animals.
  • Provide input for the interior design/layout of the Museum’s large animal quarantine facility.
  • Assist with animal emergencies as needed.
  • Transport animals when necessary for treatment.
  • Serve on and participate in the Museum’s AZA Reaccreditation Committee.
  • May be asked to work with the Museum’s veterinary volunteers and interns.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and perceive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Ability to restrain animals to lift and/or exert up to 50 pounds of force.
  • Ability to be around a variety of live animals and wildlife.
  • The candidate must have visual acuity to be able to operate motor vehicles and/or equipment.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to move throughout the Museum’s building(s) and outdoor trail as needed.
  • The candidate will be subject to outdoor environmental conditions such as wind and humidity; occasionally work may take place in narrow areas.
  • Must be able to follow MSDS guidelines when handling chemicals; occasionally the candidate may be subject to atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, and dust).


Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and completed application by June 15, 2017.


Mail:   Kasha Lang                                         Email:                      Fax:   757-599-4897

Executive Assistant

Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Newport News, VA 23601


No phone calls, please.