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Captive Wildlife Veterinarian 


Position Objective:

• To use professional expertise and experience, particularly with wildlife, to investigate, advise on, and intervene in a wide range of abuse and neglect cases, including drafting complaints and comments to regulatory and law-enforcement agencies.
• To help develop PETA's campaigns, including those for wild and exotic animals kept in zoos, circuses, and similar captive exhibits.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• In consultation with PETA and in verified compliance with the objectives, standards, and requirements communicated by it:
 o Review and advise on specific cases of animal abuse and neglect, including at roadside zoos, circuses, and similar captive facilities.
 o Travel as needed to assess potential cruelty cases and evaluate the conditions of at-risk animals in a variety of captive environments
 o Assist in determining best courses of action in accordance with veterinary standards and recommend improvements in care for captive animals
 o When possible, assist with relocation missions, such as the transport of bears and elephants to sanctuaries
 o Conduct research and write materials to advance PETA's animal protection campaigns
 o Develop and maintain relationships with other veterinary and animal welfare experts, keepers, whistleblowers, sanctuaries, and government agencies and coordinate their engagement in specific cases and legislation
 o Develop and execute plans to effectively mobilize PETA members and activists to contact elected officials, businesses, and sponsors regarding issues affecting captive animals
 o Monitor and support legislative efforts and the development of industry guidelines to ban, restrict, or improve conditions for captive animals
 o As needed, develop written public comments on captive-animal legislative issues and deliver testimony at legislative hearings
 o Present PETA's positions to the media
 o Maintain confidentiality at all times
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Position Requirements

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree or equivalent
• Sophisticated working knowledge of medical and welfare issues affecting captive animals
• Ability to handle cruelty complaint calls in a professional and confidential manner
• Proven exceptional writing and research skills
• Demonstrated excellent proofreading and organizational skills
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy as well as the ability to communicate effectively
• Proven ability to maintain professional working relationships
• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work
• Professional appearance and demonstrated exceptional public-speaking skills
• Ability and willingness to travel on occasion
• Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA's positions on issues professionally
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Division PETA Foundation  
Location PETA Foundation - Telecommuting Positions  

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