Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation and education.  We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations. The Associate Veterinarian supports Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by providing veterinary care for animals at Denver Zoo, by medically managing cases, performing surgery, administering a preventive health program, performing necropsies, and mentoring students.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests.  If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide high quality veterinary care to all animals in Denver Zoo’s collection, including preventive medicine, advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, surgery, and emergency response.
  • Communicate with members of the Veterinary Department and other teams by reviewing keeper reports, attending organizational staff meetings, participating in daily rounds, and helping to organize the hospital schedule.
  • Communicate about animal health, welfare, and patient management to appropriate parties, including curators, supervisors, keepers, and veterinary staff.
  • Schedule medical procedures, as appropriate, including coordination with outside consultants.
  • Perform chemical and physical restraint, when needed, to animals in the collection.  This includes the appropriate and safe usage of a wide variety of potentially dangerous drugs.
  • Help to manage the zoo’s preventive health care program through routine examinations, vaccinations, parasite management, and management of acquisitions, dispositions, and quarantine.
  • Ensure the welfare of the animal collection through application of practical knowledge of taxon-specific veterinary principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Generate and maintains all medical records, including legally-required inventories of controlled substances.
  • Engage with the public through programs organized at the zoo hospital and elsewhere.
  • Develops networks with experts and consultants outside Denver Zoo.
  • Share responsibility to maintain the strict standards of medical sanitation in all medical facilities and equipment maintenance.

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualification

  • DVM or VMD from an AVMA accredited institution.
  • Four years post-graduate veterinary experience; three years of experience with non-domestic species.
  • ACZM board certification; consideration may be given to applicants that meet all other requirements, but employment will be contingent on sitting for ACZM boards within 24 months of employment.

 Position Conditions

  • Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.
  • Ability to obtain a Colorado Veterinary license and USDA accreditation within 3 months of hire
  • Eligibility to obtain a DEA controlled substance registration certificate.
  • Clear driving record.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Range for this position is $7,588-$9,675 monthly.


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.