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Director of Veterinary Services

Hiring Organization:
Save the Chimps, Inc.

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Position Description:
The Director of Veterinary Services is primarily responsible for overseeing the effective functioning of the veterinary department and for ensuring that the medical care needs of our nearly 250 resident chimpanzees are adequately met.The following is a list of the essential functions of the Director of Veterinary Services position. This list is intended to be representative of the tasks required of the position description, but is not all inclusive.

Provide full-time, highest quality, veterinary care for the chimpanzees.
Oversee Associate Veterinarian and veterinary staff ensuring proper care is given to the chimpanzees at all times.
Prescribe, dose and approve medications for individual health needs
Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures including but not limited to radiographs, laboratory tests and physical exams.
Provide medical veterinary services, including but not limited to, wound care, dental care, and all surgically related procedures.
Research primate diseases, cutting edge treatments and build and maintain contacts with specialists.
Ensure that proper medical records are maintained on each chimpanzee.
Possess full knowledge of and provide training of all medical equipment available.
Maintain an active Florida veterinary license and active DEA license.
Function as Recapture Team Supervisor when requested with knowledge of escape procedures.
Participate on the safety committee and serve as a primary responder to all codes.
Provide ongoing education to all STC staff on veterinary topics.
Be available on-call 24/7 via telephone to provide emergency medical care as needed unless out of range with prior arrangements.
Maintain proficiency in anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Perform euthanasia and necropsies as needed.

Sanctuary-wide Support:

Participate in the development and refinement of Sanctuary policies, safety protocols, and emergency procedures.
Respond to emergency situations such as severe weather, serious chimpanzee fights, non-responsive chimpanzees (including CPR as needed), chimpanzee entry into the water, and injured or non-responsive humans.
Work collaboratively with the Director of the Director of Chimpanzee Care Services and the Behavior Department Manager.
Provide value-added participation on the Senior Leadership Team to further campus-wide initiatives.
To provide liaison to the Save the Chimps Board of Directors as requested.
Represent Save the Chimps as necessary and contribute to fund raising by providing tours and lectures.
This position reports to the Executive Director and is a key member of the chimpanzee care team which is a collaborative partnership with the Chimp Care and Behavior departments - dedicated to ensuring the optimal well-being of our chimpanzees.

A Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university is required. A minimum of five years of experience in primate veterinary medicine is also required, along with a solid working knowledge of individual chimpanzee health history and status. Prior management or supervisory experience and a demonstrated track record of building and leading effective care teams is strongly preferred. The incumbent must be willing to acquire a working knowledge of all federal, state and local laws and regulations associated with the operation, licensing and permitting of a chimpanzee sanctuary and the maintenance of laboratory, diagnostic and pharmacy administration functions. Essential professional and personal characteristics include demonstrated leadership skills, a collaborative approach to problem-solving, flexibility and compassion.
The physical demands of the position include, but are not limited to: the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time; the dexterity to use hands to finger or feel objects, tools or controls; the ability to climb, balance, crouch, run, swim, etc.; strong sensory perception with regards to hearing, taste and smell, and complete visual acuity; and, the ability to lift 50 pounds.
The environmental demands relate to the potential for prolonged outdoor exposure to adverse conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, and extremes of temperature. Proximity to chimpanzees requires tolerance of unpleasant behaviors such as spitting, throwing of feces and other objects, and displays that may include banging, kicking of structures, and loud screams or hooting. There is also the potential for exposure to infectious agents, toxic chemicals and cleaning compounds.
Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Todd C. Archer
16891 Carole Noon Lane
Fort Pierce, FL 34945

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