History: Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 6,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, non-native wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 212 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.
Description: The Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing all medical services and ensuring the proper care of all animals for which WRR assumes responsibility. The Veterinarian plays a lead role in decisions regarding medical care along in conjunction with the Associate Veterinarian, Founder/President , Director of Animal Operations, area supervisors, and caretakers. The Veterinarian will work with Animal Care staff to attend to the medical needs of the animals in accordance with the organization’s philosophy and procedures regarding areas such as holistic and homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine, and euthanasia. One can expect to work 40 + hours per week, depending on the season, and hours will include on-call shifts, with two consecutive days off.
Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee medical care for all permanent resident animals as well as hospitalized wildlife.
Examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatment for animals at WRR.
Perform necropsies on deceased permanent resident animals and hospitalized wildlife.
Consult with veterinary specialists and other outside veterinarians as needed and coordinate exams and procedures with other veterinarians.
Training and Education:
Train staff members and animal care apprentices on medication administration and triage/stabilization of incoming wildlife in coordination with the Veterinary Technician and Apprentice Supervisor and Trainer.
Train Veterinary Technician Apprentice in coordination with the Veterinary Technician.
Provide staff members and apprentices with information on medical care of animals at WRR.
Give presentations to community groups about WRR and wildlife rehabilitation, as requested.
Medical Supplies and Equipment:
In coordination with the Veterinary Technician, ensure that necessary medical supplies and pharmaceuticals are in stock and place orders as needed.
In coordination with the Veterinary Technician, maintain all medical equipment in good working order.
Record keeping and Communication:
In coordination with the Associate Veterinarian and the Veterinary Technician, maintain complete and current medical records on all animals.
Provide written notice to caretakers of prescribed medications that are administered to the animals in care.
Maintain records of all Controlled Substances used at WRR.
Communicate with members of the Animal Care Staff regarding ongoing treatment for all animals.
Communicate with the Hotline Specialist, Hospital Supervisor, and members of the public to provide updates on animals brought to WRR for care and answer questions regarding free ranging wildlife.
Supervise Associate Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, and Veterinary Technician Apprentice.
Serve as a member of the Animal Care Supervisory Staff along with the Founder/President, Director of Animal Operation, and Chief Administrative Officer.
Serve as a member of the Capture Team in the event of an escaped animal on property.
Oversee all animal care to ensure a high standard of care for all animals at WRR.
Be available to answer phone calls from staff for any cases needing assistance as well as provide hands on care in the WRR hospital in emergencies.
Persons interested in applying for this position should send a resume, and cover letter:
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Attn: Chief Administrative Officer
P.O. Box 369
Kendalia, TX 78027
Phone: (830) 336-2725 x315
Fax: (830) 336-3733
Education: DVM degree, valid Texas Veterinary Medical License required, DEA Controlled Substance License required
Experience: 2 years of veterinary practice experience, including experience with wildlife medicine in a rehabilitation setting.
Excellent leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.
Ability to deal with emergencies and handle long hours, as needed.
Ability to travel between San Antonio and Kendalia locations.
Additional Salary Information: Plus benefits (WRR will pay 50% of your monthly insurance premium).
Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 7,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, non-native wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 212 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.