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Veterinarian or vet tech volunteer- URGENT

Hiring Organization:
Chimpanzee Conservation Center

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), a PASA-accredited sanctuary in Guinea, West Africa, is seeking an enthusiastic veterinarian or vet tech. The veterinarian will be responsible for:

- Daily monitoring of the chimpanzees health in close collaboration with the local keepers and management team
- Participation in any chimpanzee rescues led by the government authorities
- Taking care of newly arrived chimpanzees: first assessment of health status, first treatment, implementation of a nutrition plan if necessary, collection of samples for health check (tuberculosis, blood sampling for diseases screening, faecal screening, etc.) etc.
- Conducting any basic laboratory analysis if and when necessary (simple laboratory equipment on site but the vet will need to develop this aspect)
- Monthly faecal examinations and de-worming when necessary (chimpanzees, staff, volunteers and cats)
- Monthly recording of dental health, development, and weight of the youngest chimpanzees
- Maintaining the chimpanzeesâ?? medical reports and records
- Taking care of the vet-room: cleaning, monitoring stock of drugs/medical supplies and vet equipment, reporting needs to management
- Training of a local vet who will be recruited with the help of the vet
- Contributing to the basic veterinary training of the local keepers (general examinations, assistance during anaesthesia, preparation of darts and darting techniques, basic medical techniques, etc.)
- Making sure all of the staff (local and expatriate) follow and respect the hygiene and quarantine procedures and standards
- Taking care of simple and minor medical issues among staff, keeping up the staff medical records
- Visiting the release site when needed (e.g. to check a released chimpanzee or change collars)

When not busy with veterinary activities, the veterinarian will also participate in normal daily life at the CCC, i.e. helping prepare meals/milk bottles for the chimpanzees, going out on bushwalks with the younger chimpanzees, participating in the community life (cleaning the camp, cooking, etc.) and any other activities.

- Practical experience of at least a year and experience with wild animals and/or primates is a plus!
- Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques in coprology, haematology, etc. as the CCC is very remote and we want to develop our ability to do on-site diagnostics
- Willing and enthusiastic about the possibility of training a Guinean counterpart
- Previous experience in Africa is a plus
- Excellent physical and mental health
- Ability to live in a very remote, isolated place in a small community
- Spoken French a big plus


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Room and board for a $50 stipend. Volunteer responsible for airfare, insurance, visa costs and vaccines.

Term of Appointment:
2-3 months starting ASAP

Application Deadline:
until filled

Contact Information:
Estelle Raballand


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