Manager, Veterinary Department

Posted: 3 November 2021   |   Full-Time   | Perth Zoo | Location: Australia | PSCA, Level 7, AUS$120,725 – $129,033 p.a. plus 10% Superannuation


Perth Zoo gets hands-on in wildlife conservation, at home and beyond our borders. This is what makes us one of the world’s best inner-city zoos. One simple vision inspires and directs our work – a world where diversity of species and habitats is secure.

Similar appointments may be made from this process within a 12-month period to positions that may be permanent or contract, including contract appointments with the possibility of subsequent permanency.

Job Description

The Manager Veterinary Department provides management and leadership to Perth Zoo’s wildlife health program, including management of the veterinary hospital and staff, allocation of departmental budget and other resources, veterinary involvement in research and conservation programs and projects, as well as strategic oversight of undergraduate and postgraduate student training.

In addition, the Manager Veterinary Department develops and manages relationships and partnerships within the zoo and with external parties, including within the broader DBCA aligning day to day operations with agreed strategies.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address the following four (4) criteria. These should be addressed in no more than three (3) pages in total.

  1. Demonstrated experience in leadership and management, ability to develop, mentor and support a clinical veterinary team, and highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Significant demonstrated clinical experience in the provision of veterinary care for wild animals in a zoo or similar environment, including medicine, surgery, disease investigation and chemical restraint of a range of Australian and exotic species. It is expected that candidates are residency trained or accumulated experience to the level of board eligibility by the European or American College of Zoological Medicine or equivalent.
  3. Significant demonstrated knowledge of animal husbandry and management practices as it relates to wild animal care in a zoo or similar environment, including breeding, nutrition, biosecurity, animal housing and enclosure design.
  4. Demonstrated experience and skills in driving research and/or other collaborative partnerships.


For the full role description, detailed responsibilities, a full list of selection criteria and how to apply, please visit the Western Australian Government website here

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