Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Vancouver Aquarium Veterinary Fellowship

Requisition Number 16-0106
Title 105 - Vancouver Aquarium Veterinary Fellowship
Job Family Veterinary Services
Status Fixed Term Contract
Work Hours 37.5 Hours / Week
Location Stanley Park - Vancouver
City Vancouver
Province BC
Close Date 12/1/2016
Description Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a globally recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a not-for-profit organization, our team contributes to meaningful work that matters.
We take pride in the steps we take towards conserving aquatic life every day. Our focus on engaging visitors, connecting students, facilitating direct action and understanding the world around us contributes to protecting our world’s oceans.
Reporting to the Staff Veterinarian, the Veterinary Fellow will assist the veterinary staff in providing medical management for a large captive display collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish as well as approximately 150 live-stranded marine mammals (mostly harbour seals) which are cared for by the Vancouver Aquarium.
This is a one-year position beginning in Summer 2017 for a veterinarian interested in pursuing specialized training in aquatic animal medicine.
As part of the application process, please email: cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, and veterinary transcripts to Demash Kristanto, Human Resources Coordinator, at
Application deadline: December 1st, 2016. Decisions will be made by Jan 20th , 2017
Responsible for providing medical management for the captive display collection and live stranded marine mammals by:
  • Conducting veterinary duties such as examinations, blood sampling, parasite screening, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, vaccinations and surgeries; 
  • Assisting in the development of the health management program, treatment regimens and emergency medical procedures;
  • Taking responsibility for treatment of hospital cases;
  • Keeping up to date records.
Assist the veterinary staff in providing a comprehensive animal health program to the Vancouver Aquarium by:
  • Completing regular veterinary rounds;
  • Conducting regular physical examinations;
  • Managing and encouraging routine communication between the veterinary and staff/researchers.
Participates in post mortem examinations of stranded marine mammals under the supervision of a board-certified veterinary pathologist at the provincial Animal Health Centre.
Oversee veterinary externship program by:
  • Assisting in the selection and scheduling of visiting externs, researchers, interns and residents;
  • Mentoring and teaching visiting veterinary students (12-15 per year);
 Complete and assist with research papers or case report by:
  • Developing a research proposal;
  • Taking samples for various research projects;
  • Completing research paper for scientific publication.
Consistently improves the Vancouver Aquarium and its processes by:
  • Promptly aiding in Emergency protocol;
  • Maintaining organizational safety standards;
  • Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
  • Actively demonstrating the Aquarium’s values and code of conduct;
  • Performing additional duties as required.
Education and Experience
  • DVM degree or equivalent;
  • Previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is a plus;
  • Individuals must be eligible for licensing in the Province of British Columbia;
  • At least one year of clinical veterinary experience is required and a small animal internship is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to work in a complex team;
  • Ability to complete tasks and make sound decisions;
  • Excellent problem solving skills; ability to think quickly under pressure and high stress;
  • Strong organization skills (scheduling procedures, examinations, planning logistics for off-site procedures).
  • Job involves constant attention while working with animals for personal safety and the safety of others;
  • Exposure to animal bites, animal pathogens and chemicals;
  • Requires lifting medical equipment;
  • Requires ability to gain access to all animal holding areas some of which are difficult to enter and require ladders and  walking on slippery surfaces;
  • Requires working rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays and may be on call 24 hours per day.