Job Openings

Staff Veterinarian

Date Posted:   January, 2015

The California Wildlife Center (CWC) is seeking a seasonal part-time Staff Wildlife Veterinarian, March through November, 2015 with the possibility of the position becoming permanent.  Job description and requirements are detailed below.

Pay rate: $20/hr

Job Description:

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Assists the Director of Animal Care/Head Veterinarian with animal care, treatments and procedures
 Performs examinations, procedures, and treatment plans for incoming patients 
- Administers medical treatments according to CWC policies 
- Performs surgical procedures according to CWC guidelines 
- Oversees the continued care of patients and maintains and updates patient records 
- Supports the animal care/marine mammal staff in their duties as needed 
- Supervises and trains staff, volunteers, externs and interns; delegates and ensures satisfactory completion of tasks 
- Ensures that protocols to minimize risk of injury and contraction of zoonotic diseases are adhered to 
- Assists in the maintenance of animal enclosures, in the developing species protocols and rehabilitation research as needed

Controls over Work:

The Staff Veterinarian works under the direction of our Head Veterinarian/Director of Animal Care often without supervision although support is always available. Initial probation period of 1 month. During this month, extensive training will be provided. A written performance evaluation to be given after the month of work. Ongoing discussions and mentoring in wildlife medicine/surgery and rehabilitative care will be provided throughout


- Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of California
DEA license
Possess good surgical skills
Must have obtained the Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccination series and have a protective antibody titer
Must be able to work cooperatively with co-workers, volunteers, extern, interns and the general public
Must be able to provide a friendly, tolerant environment for staff, volunteers, interns and externs
Physical demands: must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds. Work is done which may require hiking, climbing, lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities
Familiarity with lab work (CBC/Chem, fecals, cytology…), physical exams, stabilizing animals through emergency and critical care, placement of IV/IO catheters and various routes of medication administration
Must be able to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations
Must be able to work quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions
Must be able to respond to after hour emergencies on scheduled days
Must possess good verbal and written English communication skills
Must have a valid California State driver’s license

Desired qualifications:

- 1 year or more of experience working in wildlife medicine
Experience with avian/small mammal/exotics surgical and medical procedures
- Placing IV/IO/jugular catheters in a variety of species
Marine Mammal experience
Interest and motivation in conservation research opportunities
USDA license level II
Experience with chemical immobilization equipment

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume and list of references to NO PHONE CALLS, please.


Organization Description:

California Wildlife Center (CWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife care organization dedicated to providing emergency rescue, rehabilitative care and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife in Los Angeles County. Located in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, CWC operates in collaboration with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. CWC cares for all species of native wildlife.