ECZM Residency Programme in Zoo Health Management
Temporary – Three Years

Chester Zoo is home to more than 21,000 animals. For over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything we can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas, and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out. We work hard because we love animals, we care about nature, we love Chester Zoo and we want to be the best zoo in the world.

Chester zoo, in conjunction with Liverpool University, is offering a European College of Zoological Medicine approved post graduate residency programme in Zoo Health Management based at the zoo.

This three year position within Chester Zoo’s Animal Health team will provide the necessary training to credential and sit for the examination for the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management). The programme is expected to begin in October 2019, with annual reappointment contingent upon the successful completion of the preceding year. The resident will be supervised by ECZM diplomats and report to Chester Zoo’s Veterinary Manager, under their direction, and working with curatorial staff, as well as Liverpool University academic and clinical staff, will be responsible for overseeing the health and welfare of all animals kept by Chester Zoo. This includes preventative health planning and implementation, relevant disease testing, quarantine assessment of new animals, suitable treatment of any ill or injured animals, as well as post-mortem examinations. On completion of this programme, the resident will have attained a broad clinical base for future involvement in a variety of nondomestic animal setups including zoological facilities, research institutions and universities

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have qualified as a veterinary surgeon for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Be able to practice in the UK (and be eligible to become a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).
  • Have proven experience in mixed, large and small animal practice or successfully completed a recognized internship..
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Be up to date with current veterinary techniques and best practice.
  • Be highly motivated and enthusiastic, and be able to demonstrate a quality approach to work.

Experience within a zoological collection, as well as the ability to carry out research and produce scientific publications is desirable.

Salary is £24,969.60 per annum for a 40 hour week on a rota basis (including some weekends and bank holidays).

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