Veterinary Services Manager- Perth Zoo

Posted: 3 April 2023| Full-Time, Permanent | Perth 


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.

main duties and responsibilities

Under the limited supervision and direction of the Director Life Sciences:

  • Provides management and leadership to Perth Zoo’s animal 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.

  • Develops and manages relationships and partnerships within the zoo and with external parties, including within the broader DBCA.

  • Aligns day to day operations with agreed strategies.

  • Provides overall clinical leadership and oversight to the zoo’s veterinary program.

This position may be required to work on a rostered basis on weekends and public holidays.


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

  1. 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 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.

  2. Demonstrated experience in leadership and management, ability to develop, mentor and support a clinical veterinary team, and highly developed written and verbal communication skills.

  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, conservation and/or other collaborative partnerships.

Note: The successful applicant will be required to possess or obtain a current (issue date not older than 6 months) and satisfactory National Police Check prior to commencement.


The successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment medical and preventative vaccination program prior to commencement.


To be eligible for permanent appointment, it is essential to have Australian citizenship, New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency status.

For Further Job-Related Information: Please contact Dr Matyas Liptovszky on +61 8 9474 0355, or for further information about Perth Zoo, please visit

application instructions

To allow the selection panel to make an accurate assessment of your application, please submit the following:

  • A covering letter.
  • A written response addressing the above four (4) requested criteria (in no more than three (3) pages).
  • A current resume.

To ensure that you submit the required and appropriate information in your application, please read the attached Job Application Kit carefully. All documents attached with your application must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. To avoid last minute congestion of the system, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

No late or proforma applications will be accepted.

A search for additional applicants may be conducted for this position where necessary in order to provide a more diverse and/or competitive field.

The full role description, detailed responsibilities and a full list of selection criteria can be found here

Substantive Equality Statement

The Zoological Parks Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Indigenous Australians, young people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and women to apply for positions within our agency. The Department also promotes flexible working arrangements. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

Applicants with a disability who require adjustments in the recruitment process can contact the Employment and Recruitment Officer on +61 8 9219 9879 or Do not send applications to this email; they will not be accepted.

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.

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