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Seasonal Veterinarian

Seasonal Veterinarian

Summary:  This is a seasonal exempt Wildlife Veterinarian position whose responsibility is to ensure that all animals at CWC receive adequate and appropriate veterinary care.  To implement protocols, procedures, medical evaluations and treatment of animals as set by the year-round Veterinarian and CWC management.  This position is from April through August 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Perform physical exam on animals under CWC’s care and diagnose and create treatment plan.
  • Responsible for accurately treating native California wildlife patients including mammals (coyotes, squirrels, deer, Virginia opossums etc) and avians (songbirds, pelagic, raptors etc) and developing a regimen of care
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience treating malnourished and injured California sea lions and northern elephant seals
  • Should develop a regimen of care for the animals that is clear and concise including post-surgical care, nutrition and physical therapy as needed and a long term prognosis.
  • Maintain department equipment in good working order.
  • Be able to discern when treatment is available and necessary and when euthanasia is required
  • Operate diagnostic equipment such as digital radiograph equipment and interpret the resulting images.
  • Ability to perform surgical procedures, including but not limited to wound repairs on a wide variety of species, and avian orthopedic surgery
  • Perform diagnostic tests including blood work, cytology and fecals.
  • Be familiar with common wildlife diseases for mammals and avians
  • Maintains and updates patient care records, including the use of WRMD
  • Ensures that risks of zoonotic disease are minimized
  • Administers medical care treatment according to CWC protocols
  • Communicate effectively with staff and members of the public
  • Enhances CWC reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Work closely with year-round Veterinarian, Hospital Manager and Marine Mammal Program Manager.


 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

D.V.M. and a minimum of three years experience with native wildlife including avian and mammals, must have current valid license with the California Veterinary Medical Board.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate ratio and percentages.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, and individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office and preferably WRMD software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Valid California Veterinary Medical License.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; routine exposure to zoonotic diseases, aggressive and feral animals; routinely exposed to mechanical moving parts; outside weather conditions and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.


Send cover letter and resume to Jennifer Brent.  No calls please.


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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. CWC is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V/SO