Views 2652 Volunteer Opportunities Application Deadline: Friday, 18 December 2015
Veterinary position at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC) was set up in 2007 as Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary. Accredited by PASA and the Born Free Foundation we pride ourselves on having the highest standards of animal care and have won awards for our work.
The LWC is the flagship program of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT). Learn more about the LWT and its programs at www.lilongwewildlife.org There are just under 200 animals currently in residence, including birds, reptiles, carnivores, primates and antelope. Many were rescued as orphans and victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade which is still prevalent in Malawi. Others have sustained injuries ranging from being caught in snares, hit by cars or stoned after wandering into the local village. As habitats are disappearing, wild animals are losing their homes and human-wildlife conflict is increasing.
We offer a lifeline to these wild animals in distress, saving the lives of individual animals and wherever possible releasing them back in the wild where they belong. Those that can’t be released live out their days in large natural enclosures where they can roam freely.
We are looking for a qualified veterinarian to join the LWC team on a temporary, full time basis. This position operates under the supervision of the LWT head veterinarian. Key duties and responsibilities Within this position you will be responsible for all the basic veterinary care of the animals at the LWC. This includes giving treatment in case of injuries or illness, but also performing preventive health checks on our residents and quarantine animals. The veterinarian is also responsible for Orphan Care, the nursery facility at the LWC, in partnership with the Animal Care Manager.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Running the veterinary clinic to the highest standards possible.
· Overseeing Orphan Care. This includes providing oversight for daily activities including reviewing/creating diets, assisting with acclimating incoming orphans, training of volunteers, and general animal husbandry
· Supervising the LWC Veterinary Nurse who works in both the Clinic and in Orphan Care
· Supervising the Orphan Care Animal Caretaker
· Maintaining animal records in both the Clinic and Orphan Care
· Following and, when necessary, improving established protocols
· Working closely with the Animal Care Manager to support integrations, behavorial observations, enrichment, and research
· Working closely with the Volunteer Manager to ensure that volunteers are properly trained, monitored, and supported in all Veterinary and Orphan Care activities
· Working closely with the Sanctuary Manager on rescue/confiscation cases
· Working closely with the Head Veterinarian to improve sampling and diagnostic capabilities
· You are a confident, hard working and outgoing team player
· You are mature, organized, and maintain a professional demeanor
· You have experience managing staff
· You have good time-management skills
· You enjoy teaching and interacting with volunteers and can involve them in your daily tasks
· You like living on-site and work unsociable hours whenever your job requires
· You are practical and creative and like the challenge of working in a developing country with sometimes limited resources
· You have the experience to do most of the basic veterinary procedures on our resident animals
· You are able to provide training to staff regarding animal health
· You have (preferably) previous experience working in Africa Terms of position:
This is a temporary and voluntary position we are looking to fill for 6 months, with the possibility to extend to 12 months. We provide on-site shared accommodation, meals and a local stipend per month for basic expenditures.
Application Deadline: 18 December 2015
Application procedure: Please send your application by e-mail to Dr. Amanda Salb, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust at email@example.com
Please include in your application a CV, cover letter, contact details for two professional references and one personal (non-veterinary) reference. Please also mention within your letter when you will be available to fill this position.