Santa Barbara Zoo

Associate Veterinarian Full Time Regular


Santa Barbara, CA


Full Time

An exciting opportunity exists for a full-time Associate veterinarian at Santa Barbara Zoo. The Associate veterinarian is responsible for providing comprehensive medical care to all animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo, working closely with and reporting to the Director of Animal Care & Health.

The essential functions include:

  • Maintain the health of the animal collection by performing routine, preventative, and emergency care, anesthesia, surgery, diagnostics, prescribing medication, conducting clinical pathology and post mortem examinations.
  • Co-ordinate and implement the preventative medicine program, including quarantine.
  • Ensure smooth and efficient day to day operation of veterinary services and the hospital.
  • Maintaining computerized medical records and other necessary documentation.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Animal Care & Health, evaluate and improve the animal health program.
  • Supervise veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants.
  • Supervise and evaluate veterinary students, technician students and interns.
  • Develop and provide training to zoo staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Participate in research and conservation programs.
  • As necessary, assist in managing the commissary operations, evaluate nutrition programs and diet formulations.
  • Provide input on animal husbandry, enrichment and training, reproductive programs, exhibit design, emergency escape protocols.
  • Provide advice and assistance to external partners as needed and work collaboratively with regulatory agencies.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory standards such as local, state, federal regulations and AZA standards.
  • Effective communication skills to maintain a positive culture of collaboration with veterinary staff, curators and animal care staff, and other staff to ensure high quality animal health and welfare, and to attain  relevant goals for the zoo. 
  • Keep the Director of Animal Care & Health informed of all key issues in a timely manner.


  • Graduation with a DVM or equivalent professional degree from an approved/accredited College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Minimum of two years of paid experience working in a zoo or wildlife facility, or completion of an ACZM approved residency program, or post-graduate training in zoological medicine.
  • License to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California or eligibility to obtain California State licensing
  • USDA veterinary accreditation & DEA license.
  • Valid Californian driver’s license
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including week-ends, holidays, after-hours assignments as needed and provide on-call coverage.

Schedule: Exempt, Full Time (40 hours/work week)-

Compensation: Salary of $80,00- 85,000 DOE.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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