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Philadelphia Zoo/University of Pennsylvania/International Animal Rescue Indonesia


Philadelphia Zoo/University of Pennsylvania/International Animal Rescue Indonesia

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.

Primary Contact

Tim Georoff, VMD, DACZM

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available


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On what date will this position next be available?

September 1, 2017

Application Deadline

August 1, 20017

Application should include

- letter of intent - a curriculum vitae - transcript - contact information for three professional references

Experience Required

Minimum 1 year experience as a practicing clinical veterinarian (completion of at least a 1-year internship in small or large animal medicine preferred)

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Length of Commitment/Start Date

18 months

Program Description


International Veterinary Internship in Zoological and Orangutan Conservation Medicine -- Philadelphia Zoo/ University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine/ International Animal Rescue Indonesia 


Description & Details:

The Philadelphia Zoo, in collaboration with partner institutions, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia is offering an 18 month Veterinary Internship in orangutan and primate medicine. Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited program, at least 1 year of postgraduate experience in clinical veterinary medicine, and be eligible for Pennsylvania veterinary licensure. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated a strong interest in zoo and wildlife medicine. This is a unique international partnership where the Veterinary Intern will spend 6 months receiving clinical training with the staff of the Zoo’s Department of Animal Health in providing a comprehensive health care program for the Zoo’s animal collection. The initial training at the Zoo will be focused on primate medicine although training will also involve work over the full collection at the Zoo. Additional opportunities exist for rotations through appropriate clinical services of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to augment the intern’s training. The Veterinary Intern will then travel to IAR Indonesia’s Orangutan Center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia where they will be based for the following 12 months and work with IAR’s team to provide veterinary care and assistance in the rehabilitation of orangutans and slow lorises at this Rescue Center. This will primarily involve (but not be limited to) work at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. The Veterinary Intern will represent the Philadelphia Zoo, UPenn, and IAR with a high level of energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job, and will be expected to be available on evenings, weekends and holidays. This paid internship is intended to provide practical veterinary medical experience in zoological medicine (specifically primate and orangutan medicine). In addition to the program requirements, the successful applicant with need to be flexible, able to move and live abroad, in good physical condition and ready to spend time in remote forest areas at an orangutan release and monitoring camp. 


Essential Functions: 

Philadelphia Zoo - Provide veterinary care to all Zoo collection animals. Prior experience in primate medicine is desirable. - Assist in the implementation of a preventive medical program for the Zoo collection. - Maintain contemporaneous animal health records. - Participate in zoo research programs pertaining to animal health. - Assist with compliance with USDA requirements and standards as well as other federal and state agency requirements as they relate to animal health, exhibition, captive management, transportation, etc. - Assist veterinary technicians with laboratory work - Consult on zoonotic disease issues. - Participate in staff meetings, committee assignments, etc. - Consult with, coordinate and participate in scientific and medical involvement with various schools and universities. - Perform necropsies on collection and wildlife cases as necessary. - Ability to interact positively with Zoo visitors and present to members of Zoo community, including staff, volunteers, board of directors, and major donors. - Ability to work with Zoo and IAR Public Relations and Zoo Education on development of social media platform. - Perform other duties as required. 


IAR - Assist the veterinary team at IAR with the veterinary care for IAR Indonesia rehabilitation center animals (primarily orangutans and lorises) including help with the 24 hour care of sick animals on a rotating basis - Conduct training and provide opportunities for knowledge transference with the local medical team at IAR - Assist with all aspects of animal care (husbandry, nutrition, and other aspects of animal physical and mental health) - Support the rehabilitation and reintroduction efforts of the slow lorises and orangutans, including assisting at the reintroduction site with the animals during the process of post release monitoring - Work on special projects or tasks, clinic maintenance, organization, research, and data entry - Perform other duties as required. 


Qualifications/Position Requirements: 

- Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree) from an AVMA accredited university. If graduate of a foreign school, must have license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. - Minimum 1 year experience as a practicing clinical veterinarian - Pennsylvania veterinary license within 3 months of starting. - USDA accredited or become so within 3 months of starting. - Eligibility for DEA controlled substance certification - State (U.S.) Driver’s license and ability to qualify to drive Zoo vehicles - Successful completion of a general physical exam, drug test, criminal background check and Child Abuse History Clearance. - Proof of up-to-date vaccination against rabies, tetanus, hepatitis A and B (these are required prior to travel to IAR Indonesia but can be obtained after start of employment at the Zoo). - Able to work a flexible schedule that includes weekend and evening hours. - Able to travel and live abroad in Indonesia with limited resources for an extended period (position requires candidate to obtain a social budaya visa which IAR will assist to obtain). - Able to work in harsh and potentially extreme environmental conditions including time in remote forest areas. - Must be in good physical condition with no impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) which may interfere with the ability to perform work. - Able to safely lift, carry, and load 40 pounds a distance of 50 feet. - Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.); ability to learn and effectively use Zoological Information Management System and other computer record keeping software. - Experience or familiarity with social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) 



- Completion of a 1-year internship in small or large animal medicine - Strong interest in orangutan conservation - Prior experience working in field conditions or with limited veterinary resources, with preference given to candidates with previous experience working in a developing country - Ability to speak Bahasa Indonesian or willingness to learn 


About the Philadelphia Zoo:

The Philadelphia Zoo’s Department of Animal Health staff is comprised of three clinical veterinarians including one ACZM Diplomate plus a veterinary pathologist (AVCP Diplomate) and three animal health technicians. There is an excellent relationship between the veterinary staff and the curatorial/keeper staff at the Zoo, as well as other departments such as Education, Development and Public Relations. The Philadelphia Zoo also employs a full-time animal nutritionist within the Department of Animal Services. A modern 14,000 square foot hospital is present on Zoo grounds and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is situated two miles away. A close association exists between the Zoo and the UPenn veterinary school. The Philadelphia Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization and America’s first zoo. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. The 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals of 272 species, of which 3% are fish, 18% are amphibians, 16% reptiles, 29% birds, and 34% mammals. Many of these are species of conservation concern. The Zoo is a major regional educational and recreational attraction, welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors annually. 


About the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine:

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health. Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, located in Philadelphia a close drive from the Zoo, employs board-certified faculty in AVMA-recognized specialties and has a caseload of approximately 35,000 patient visits per year. As an urban medical center, Ryan Hospital offers extraordinary experience with a wide range of patients and medical challenges. 


About IAR:

Indonesia International Animal Rescue is a private, nonprofit organization that comes to the aid of wild and domestic animals with hands-on rescue and rehabilitation. IAR’s team in Indonesia specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans, macaques and slow lorises and releasing them back into protected areas in the wild. IAR Indonesia operates an orangutan rehabilitation center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) to rescue and care for baby orangutans that have been taken from their mothers to be illegally sold as pets, as well as rescued adults that have spent their entire lives in captivity, often in very poor conditions prior to arrival at the center. IAR also operates a human-orangutan conflict (HOC) team that comes to the aid of orangutans left stranded when their forest home is destroyed and translocates these vulnerable animals to safe areas of protected forest. Animals that can no longer survive in the wild receive permanent housing at the center. The project is an ambitious one but committed to rescuing and rehabilitating as many orangutans as possible and giving them a second chance to live safely in their natural environment. The Ketapang facility cares for over 100 orangutans at a time and facilities include large quarantine pens for new arrivals; a fully-equipped veterinary clinic; a public education center; indoor accommodation for adult and baby orangutans and spacious outdoor forested enclosures where the orangutans can develop the skills and natural behavior they will need for survival in the wild. 


How to Apply / Contact:

Applications should include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, transcript, and contact information for three professional references. Cover letter and CV should be submitted via online application at The position will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by August 1, 2017. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Tim Georoff, Associate Veterinarian at the Philadelphia Zoo at the above address, or by e-mail to or by phone at (215) 243-5302. The Philadelphia Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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