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Permanent full-time position of Zoo veterinarian is offered at Chester Zoo


Veterinary Officer

Permanent – Full-time



We are Chester Zoo, and for over 80 years we’ve been a leading conservation and education charity, and an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction.

We’re also 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!

If you think you can help us to achieve that, then we’d love to hear from you.

The Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Zoo Veterinarian to join our team of two Staff Vets, one ECZM Resident, two Veterinary Nurses and a Quarantine Coordinator. The post holder will be responsible for the provision of clinical service, diagnostics and preventative and reactive veterinary care for the animals in the collection. The post holder will also be expected to supervise students and participate in the out of hours on call rota as well as contribute to the department’s research and conservation support.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Maintain and optimise the health and welfare of the animal collection through development, implementation and regular review of both the proactive and reactive clinical service.

  • Assist with the smooth running of the Animal Health Centre and ensure legal compliance through effective communication, accurate and thorough record keeping and formulation and adherence to protocols.

  • Contribute to science and research in line with the society’s research policy.

  • Provide professional support to the society’s conservation programmes as required.

  • Represent the Society in external professional roles as deemed appropriate.

  • Maintain a safe working environment and comply with the society’s policies and standards for Health and Safety. 


The successful candidate will:


  • be a member, or be eligible for membership of, the RCVS

  • have proven experience in zoological medicine

  • have a full driving licence valid in the UK

  • have possession of a firearms licence, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire

  • be accredited by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) or ability to obtain relevant Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) export certification within 6 months of hire

  • have working knowledge of zoo management structures and regulations applicable to UK zoos

  • be a strong team player and motivated clinician with excellent interpersonal skills

  • be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office


    Ideally the successful candidate will be a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM), or eligible for ECZM certification and able to become a diplomate within a reasonable period of time.

    Knowledge of the Chester Zoo animal collection, the Zoological Information Management Software (ZIMS) and capacity to undertake scientific research and produce regular publications in scholarly journals would also be desirable.

    The salary is £36,013.51 per annum working 40 hours per week, including some weekends and Bank Holidays. In addition we offer a range of amazing benefits which can be found at

    To apply for this position, please go to click apply now to complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for our Veterinary Officer role.


Closing date for applications is Sunday 24 June 2018

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