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Clinical Veterinarian

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Come change lives.
Starting right here in Northwest Louisiana!

As the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Chimp Haven is the only destination for government owned chimpanzees retired from research laboratories. It is our goal to provide a healthy, happy life for every one of the chimpanzees at our spacious 200-acre campus.

You are an optimistic go-getter who can get things done. You are skilled at analyzing data to build your plan and then rolling up your sleeves to make things happen. You are innovative, creative and comfortable practicing veterinary medicine outside of ?the norm? as we often times are breaking new ground for chimpanzee treatment regimens. As a compassionate animal lover, you have a natural ability to treat each chimpanzee as an individual and develop relationships with your patients. And finally, you are a team player who welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with your veterinary colleagues, the behavioral team, husbandry staff and others to provide the best care possible for our residents.

Come join our team of dedicated staff, scientists and volunteers who are committed to the well-being of chimpanzees.

POSITION TITLE: Clinical Veterinarian

REPORTS TO: Attending Veterinarian

Shift: Day shift; on-call availability for emergencies during nights and weekends as scheduled
Status: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
Risk Level: 3

SUPERVISES: Will likely supervise one or more veterinary technicians in the future.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Chimp Haven serves as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary and is located on 200 forested acres in northwest Louisiana just outside of Shreveport. Chimp Haven provides excellent care for over 200 chimpanzees retired from research or no longer used in the entertainment industry or as pets. As more retired chimpanzees make their way from research institutions to sanctuary, our population continues to grow. Chimp Haven has a well-designed facility to support the physical and emotional well-being of all animals, experienced staff and high standards for operational excellence. The organization is accredited by AALAC and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, USDA inspected and a member of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. Chimp Haven offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, extensive training and an opportunity for professional advancement. Equal Opportunity Employer.

THE OPPORTUNITY: As a key member of the 5-person veterinary team, provide routine and emergency medical care for the chimpanzee colony which includes infants through geriatric residents. This position affords the right candidate a unique opportunity to not only provide hands-on medical care to chimpanzees, but also learn all aspects of sanctuary medicine, share your knowledge and learnings with others in the field and participate in colony management decisions.


1. Medical Care and Records

Oversees all aspects of colony health, including health surveillance
Diagnose and treat medical conditions, diseases and injuries; coordinate chimpanzee health care with consulting veterinarians, specialists and staff as needed
Conduct physical examinations using positive reinforcement training and/or sedations
Perform surgeries
Provide wound care
Plan and implement preventive health programs
Perform euthanasia and necropsies as required
Train animal care staff on veterinary procedures
Adherence to Federal, State, and local regulations governing Animal Care/Nutrition and Diet preparation
Work with visiting scientists and supervise volunteers or interns
Preparation and maintenance of medical records (written and electronic)
May oversee controlled substance use and documentation

2. Administration

Lead accreditation and certification efforts, and assist with regulatory reports and inspections
Participate in management of departmental budget
Monitor inventory; order and stock supplies, medication and equipment
Hire, train and supervise veterinary technicians
Actively participate in Chimp Haven staff and veterinary team meetings
Write grants, proposals, manuscripts and other communications


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from accredited veterinary college
Must be able to obtain license to practice in Louisiana
Demonstrated record of work experience within an animal care facility, organization or veterinary practice
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks in an organized manner with minimal supervision


Prior experience working with chimpanzees preferred, but willing to train qualified candidate.
Completion of either a post-doctoral internship or residency program specializing in nonhuman primate medicine, laboratory animal medicine and/or behavior preferred. Certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) preferred.
Results-driven and achievement oriented. Conveys optimism and demonstrates resilience. Recovers quickly from set-backs and overcomes obstacles.
Organized yet flexible. Willing to pivot or adjust plan in order to respond to changing priorities or the needs of chimpanzees.
Conveys energy and passion about Chimp Haven?s work and mission. Ability to tell the Chimp Haven story and discuss the veterinary program with visitors.
Writes clearly and concisely.
Collaborates with team members within the veterinary department and across the organization to discuss ideas, develop new processes and solve problems related to chimpanzee care; operates with authenticity, clarity, transparency and effectiveness.
Willingness to readily share your knowledge with others, answer questions from staff and help others gain an understanding of your work and decisions made.
Willingness to seek and listen to feedback from others and find the best way to incorporate feedback.
Ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain positive interactions with colleagues, staff and volunteers even during times of stress.
Strong technology skills; experience leading a data-driven approach to development. Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.) and Avimark software system preferred.
Experience with IACUC activities and research protocol review/approval process, and/or consultant service to the IACUC

Application Deadline:
open until filled

send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to: or fax resume to Human Resources Department at (318) 925-5600

Contact Information:
Debbie Hayes
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

Telephone Number:
(318) 925-9575

Fax Number:
(318) 925-5600


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