Veterinary Intern - One (1) Year Term

Job Number:
Vet Services
Winnipeg, MB
Close Date:
Professional Areas:
Zoo Operations - Animal Care, Research & Conservation
Salary Range:

September 15, 2023

Ref: 2023-122-NIE

Zoo Veterinary Intern

Non-Union, One (1) Year Term

CAD $45,000 per annum

Shifts: Hours of work may vary and may include weekends, evenings or holidays. Typical shifts are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

About Assiniboine Park Zoo

Home to more than 150 animal species, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a place for exploration and family fun in every season. Located in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers for over a century. 

Assiniboine Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As an accredited, modern zoological organization, Assiniboine Park Zoo focuses on meeting and exceeding the ever rising standards of animal care and welfare, safety, and veterinary programs and as well as demonstrating a commitment to education, conservation and research.

With over 80 acres to explore, the Zoo is open year-round with both indoor and outdoor exhibits, providing visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. Educational programs for adults and children, unique event venues, and special events and promotions combine to make the Zoo Winnipeg's premier outdoor attraction!

The Opportunity

We are seeking a full time Veterinary Intern, for a one-year term position from July 1, 2024 to June 30th, 2025. Reporting to the Director of Animal Health and Nutrition, the Veterinary Intern will be a key member of the Animal Health Management Team.

The Veterinary Intern position provides graduate veterinarians with exposure to the practice of veterinary medicine within a zoological facility. The Veterinary Intern participates in planning and implementing preventative and emergency health care for animals maintained in the care of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

Your Role

  • Plan, coordinate and/or participate in the physical and chemical restraint of animals for examination and treatment.
  • Create diagnostic and treatment plans for veterinary patients.
  • Perform diagnostic, medical or surgical treatments on animals.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled immunization and preventive health care programs to maintain health of animals.
  • Monitor all zoonotic diseases and their impact on the collection and staff.
  • Participate in zoonotic disease training opportunities for Animal Care and Veterinary staff.
  • Under direction of the Associate Veterinarian and Director, Animal Health and Nutrition, participate in establishing quarantine requirements to protect the animal collection from disease.
  • Perform required testing and examination of quarantined animals.
  • Assist with the supervision and training of pre-veterinary, veterinary and animal health technology students.
  • Learn about and assist with positive reinforcement training in medical procedures.
  • Support research by collecting samples, gathering and submitting data.
  • Regularly review clinical cases with the supervising Associate Veterinarian and Director, Animal Health and Nutrition, and research diagnostic and treatment options where appropriate.
  • Participate in literature review discussions and journal clubs along with the Associate Veterinarian and Director, Animal Health and Nutrition.
  • Maintain resources and awareness of common wildlife health problems encountered and assist wildlife rehabilitation veterinary interns in Manitoba.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications Required

  • Must hold a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from a recognized educational institute (in good standing)
  • A minimum one (1) year of post-graduate clinical experience
  • Experience involving work with zoo(s) or exotic animals is preferred
  • Eligibility for licensing as a veterinarian in the Province of Manitoba

What we have to offer:

  • An inclusive work environment
  • Zoo membership
  • Free parking
  • Park discounts
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Vacation credits
  • Eligibility for Group Benefits Plan

APC Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

APC is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, Indigenous people, underrepresented community members, and persons with disabilities.

Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

How to Apply

All interested applicants can submit their résumé and cover letter on our career website. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2023

Selected applicants will be contacted and interviewed in or around January 2024 (with an offer being made prior to the VIRMP match withdrawal deadline).

International and U.S. qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be subject to a Criminal Record Check, child abuse registry check and will be required to wear APC issued uniforms.