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Associate Veterinarian 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as an Associate Veterinarian. We have one, full-time, benefitted position open. 

This  position  works  in  a  team  environment  and  is  responsible  for  the  routine  clinical,  surgical,  preventive,  diagnostic, and emergency medical care to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the zoo’s animal residents.    


  • Work with the animal care staff and veterinary team to implement a preventative medicine program  that includes quarantine, routine exams, disease monitoring, parasite control, vaccinations, tuberculin  testing, dental prophylaxis, and periodic nutrition reviews. 
  • Diagnose illness and injury in collection animals and provide appropriate treatment and therapies. 
  • Support and manage the incoming and outgoing animal shipment programs as directed.   
  • Collaborate with colleagues and local veterinary and medical specialists on clinical cases as needed. 
  • Participate in dialogue with area curators and supervisors about animal care, welfare, nutrition,  breeding, husbandry, and housing. 
  • Perform gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology, prepare necropsy reports, analyze  findings, and formulate recommendations for preventive measures. 
  • Prepare and maintain timely required medical records, ensuring accuracy and professionalism. 
  • Communicate consistently and clearly results of physical examinations/diagnostic tests, as well as  medical assessments and plans to all relevant zoo personnel.   
  • Support AZA conservation programs and other research efforts by collecting samples and by gathering  and submitting data as appropriate.   
  • Conduct or participate in research projects into the husbandry, breeding, welfare, behavior, or  conservation of both captive and wild populations of animals as directed. 
  • Participate in maintaining standards and regulations of AZA, AAZV, USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory  agencies and associations as they apply to zoological institutions and veterinary programs/facilities. 
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations related to animal care, transport, treatment, and the handling of controlled substances. 
  • Participate in AAZV and other professional organizations and forums; remain current on continuing  education requirements.   
  • Prepare reports and presentations for publication or delivery at both professional and public forums. 
  • Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students, technicians, and interns as needed. 
  • Use interpersonal skills to interact with zoo guests, members, donors, the media, and internal and  external clients, with focus on promoting extraordinary guest experiences.
  • Share after-hours emergency on-call duties with other veterinarians. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree from an accredited School of Veterinary Medicine  and three (3) or more years’ exotic animal medicine experience, preferably in a zoological facility. 
  • License to practice veterinary medicine in Washington State or obtained within three (3) months of hire. 
  • DEA license to use Class 2 narcotics or obtained within three (3) months of hire. 
  • USDA category II accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport of animals. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License. 
  • Membership in the AZA and AAZV at a professional level.   
  • Ability to complete annual TB testing. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, Excel) and in depth experience with MedARKS.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.   
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquires or complaints.   
  • Ability to adapt communication based on audience and purpose with inclusivity. 
  • Ability to work effectively within diverse teams and environments, as well as individually. 
  • Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. 
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test  reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.   
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret  an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several  abstract and concrete variables.   
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hour assignments.    


  • ACZM Board Certified or Board Eligible.  


  • Lifting animals is one of the most physically taxing aspects. 
  • Ability to make coordinated gross motor movements in response to changing external stimuli within  moderately demanding tolerances. 
  • This position must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to  75 pounds. 
  • This position may assume awkward positions for long periods of time. 
  • This position requires extensive standing, walking, and sitting, use of hands, reaching, climbing,  stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.  
  • This position relies heavily on all senses every day to evaluate patients.  Touch is important for physical examinations, taking blood samples, and performing surgical procedures and giving medicine.  Sight is important for evaluating patients at a distance, examining animals for lesions, performing surgery and post mortem examinations, microscope work, and darting.  Hearing is important for communicating  with co-workers, visitors, and patients, and listing for heartbeats and breathing.  Smell is important for  identifying some diseases, infections, body fluids, medications, etc.   
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to variable weather conditions. The  noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

Pay: $120,000-$125,000/annually, plus benefits 

Employment Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history. A criminal background check, driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test will be required of the selected applicant. 

COVID-19 Vaccination  

  • As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment. 
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 
  • Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 


Application Directions:  Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required. 

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number ANI-22-00012  
EOE Statement Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

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