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Date: Jan 11, 2023

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Zoo 

Pay:  $74,776.00 annually  

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week  


Sedgwick County offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes health coverages, paid leave, regular compensation reviews, retirement plans, and professional development opportunities.  For more detailed information, please visit our benefits page at SCBenefits.


Provides routine preventative, diagnostic, and emergency medical care for all zoo animals. Observes and monitors the health of the animal populations. Prescribes medications, provides advice on and approves diets and enrichment activities and care protocols. Provides advice on animal husbandry matters. Supervises quarantine facilities and veterinary technicians. 


Preventative Treatment of Collection

  • Schedules and performs routine physical exams for animals in collection.
  • Confers with curators and other staff regarding health and preventative medicine programs for animals in collection.
  • Recommends and approves animal diets, as necessary. Maintains updated knowledge of animal nutrition.
  • Works with departments to actively participate in review and approval of enrichment protocols. Maintains current knowledge of enrichment practices within AZA Accredited Facilities.
  • Completes pre-shipment exams and provides information to other institutions for incoming animal transactions in order to maintain good welfare of animal collection.
  • Provides contraception for zoo animals as needed, including medications, hormonal implants and surgical procedures.
  • Determines appropriate quarantine procedures for in-coming transfers using a risk assessment analysis.
  • Drive Zoological Society owned vehicles, as needed.


Diagnosis & Treatment of Collection

  • Ability to diagnose, treat, prescribe for and medicate zoo animals
  • Performs veterinary medical procedures on zoo animals and supervises others in the performance of these procedures; performs surgery and prescribes medication; administers or supervises the administration of medications and treatments; performs or supervises the performance of diagnostic tests and procedures; performs necropsies
  • Analyzes results of medical testing for treatment of animals within the collection
  • Maintains knowledge of acceptable protocols for veterinary techniques, practices, procedures, equipment, instruments in current medical standards. Assist in maintaining hospital equipment in good working order



  • Participates in the maintenance of animal health records; participates in national computerized record-keeping systems; makes report to zoo staff and other zoos as needed. Reviews daily animal reports from the entire zoo.
  • Completes clinical notes on cases and follows through with the input of such notes into current operating systems or provides instructions for clerical staff support of input. Ability to prepare, maintain and recall accurate veterinary records.


Minimum Qualifications: Four years completed in process for a degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited college or university. Two years’ experience or equivalent combination of training and experience post graduate which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Ability to obtain a State of Kansas Veterinary License, DEA License, and USDA accreditation. Per Sedgwick County policy, this is a driving level position that requires a valid driver’s license without restrictions and current proof of automobile insurance. Out-of-state driver’s license accepted upon hire with ability to obtain a valid State of Kansas Driver’s License within 30 days of employment.


Preferred Qualifications: Degree in Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college or university.  ACZM Board Certification or eligibility preferred. Two years’ experience in an active role as Veterinarian at an AZA Accredited Facility, Experience as an AZA Accreditation Inspector. Valid State of Kansas Driver’s License, State of Kansas Veterinary License, DEA License.


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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