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Director Of Animal Health

Date: Jun 13, 2022

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Zoo 

Pay:  $77,037.00 annually  

Work Schedule:   


The purpose of this position is to provide leadership, vision, and support for the zoo animal health areas of commissary/nutrition, animal behavior & welfare, and all areas of animal veterinary care. Manages the operation of all animal care facilities. Creates, oversees and implements the preventative health care program with emphasis on disease prevention. Ensures animals are provided routine preventative, diagnostic, and emergency medical care. Observes and monitors the health of the animal populations. Manages the pharmaceutical aspects for all animal care. Prescribes medications, provides advice and approves diets, enrichment activities and care protocols. Provides recommendations on animal husbandry matters. Supervises the activities of all related departmental personnel. Designs, plans, and provides input for all departmental budgets.


Veterinary Care

  • Develop and administer comprehensive preventative medicine, nutrition, contraception, and pathology programs for the entire animal collection.
  • Oversee and provide guidance to the Animal Welfare Coordinator in developing and maintaining the enrichment, training, and welfare programs.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with specialists in human and veterinary medicine.
  • Fully participate in emergency response preparedness.
  • Collaborate closely with and advises Curator of horticulture on browse programs and toxic plant identifications.
  • Maintain the veterinary hospital and tissue lab in a professional manner.
  • Manage the pest control program.



  • Responsible for the supervision, evaluation, and development of department staff.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, federal, and AZA regulations in relations to animal health.
  • Develop and maintain veterinary services budget, and act as the zoo’s agent with relevant vendors to meet the needs of the department. Oversee the Animal Welfare and Commissary budgets.
  • Maintain complete medical and pharmaceutical records.
  • Develop and supervise the veterinary student externship program.
  • Develop and oversee safety protocols related to animal health.


Leadership, research, and education:

  • Provides strong leadership to all veterinary, commissary, and animal welfare staff.
  • Partners with members of the zoo leadership team and supports the zoo’s strategic operation plans and initiatives.
  • Actively contributes to the planning, design, and implementation of new facilities.
  • Represent the zoo in varied media affairs, as well as at appropriate veterinary conferences and AZA conferences.
  • Represent the zoo as the AZA Mission-Focused research contact.
  • Maintains knowledge of acceptable protocols and standards for veterinary techniques, practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Provide relevant training to all zoo staff, including volunteers.


Minimum Qualifications: Four years completed in process for a degree in Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college or university. Two years’ experience and any equivalent combination of training and experience post graduate which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Valid Driver’s License with the ability to obtain a valid State of Kansas Driver’s License within 45 days of hire. Ability to obtain the State of Kansas Veterinary License and DEA License within 45 days of hire.


Preferred Qualifications: Degree in Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college or university. Five years’ experience in an AZA Accredited Facility running a veterinary department. Valid State of Kansas Driver’s License, State of Kansas Veterinary License, DEA License, USDA Inspection Accreditation.


It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita

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