Veterinary Officer
Ref: VO(C)/HQ

Location
WWT Slimbridge and Headquarters
Department
Conservation
Salary
£29,351 per annum
Position type
Full Time
Working pattern
37.5 hours per week, mainly working Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm
Job advert

WWT’s Conservation Action Team is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic veterinarian with wildlife health experience to provide veterinary support to the WWT’s translocation projects, and for our wider wildlife health work.

WWT is a leader in threatened species recovery. We have recently reintroduced Eurasian cranes to Somerset, and they are now nesting in western Britain for the first time in 400 years. Internationally, we lead the ground-breaking headstarting programme for the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, and the reintroduction programme for the world’s rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard. In the UK we are headstarting black-tailed godwits and curlew. We also hold the world’s only ex situ population of spoon-billed sandpipers and manage an ark population of Critically Endangered Baer’s pochard.

WWT also has a reputation for its wildlife health work, both nationally and internationally.

Translocation projects require robust disease risk reduction and management. The post holder will write and manage disease risk analyses for all of WWT’s translocation projects, providing conservation medicine support from inception to delivery on the ground. You will help care for, and be responsible for clinical diagnosis and post mortem examinations of our spoon-billed sandpipers, and you will conduct post mortem examinations of wild birds as part of WWT’s ongoing wildlife health monitoring. You will also provide some veterinary cover for our living collections.

You will have a veterinary degree and experience of working in a busy veterinary environment including clinical work and conducting post mortem examinations ideally with specialist knowledge of avian pathology. Good communication and excellent writing skills are essential.

Based primarily at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, some travel will be necessary especially during the spring and summer for disease testing.

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
- Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
- Life assurance
- Free car parking and secure bike storage areas
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free entry to all our centres

Interview Date: 17th January 2019

Job description
Veterinary_Officer_Conservation_Vacancy_2019.pdf
Closing Date
05/01/2020

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