About Shedd

Senior Vice President, Animal Health

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Fax: 312-663-0971

Based on Shedd Aquarium’s commitment to the environment, electronic versions of resumes are preferred.

This is a full-time regular position.


General Description:
The senior vice president of animal health is a member of the aquarium’s senior management team, with responsibility for the veterinary medicine programs of the institution.

Job Requirements:
• Provides institutional leadership as a member of the senior management team. Participates in the development of long-term strategic plans, the development and management of annual operating and capital budgets, the oversight and development of institutional policies and, in general, participates in the dynamic process of managing and directing the future of the institution.
• Provides senior management representation and strategic support for management of the animal health department; manages the staff of this division.
• Supports a comprehensive and leading preventive veterinary medicine program that includes an animal health division, a water-quality division, a microbiology division and the staff and laboratory to support these disciplines.
• Initiates publication of pertinent findings and case presentations that arise from medical management of collection.
• Represents the aquarium to affiliated professional organizations and colleagues. Includes participation in the programs and committees of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), among others.
• Consults with and advises animal care staff regarding care, nutrition, breeding and veterinary treatment decisions.
• Collaborates with the vice president of research in pursuing appropriate research projects in the area of animal health.
• Serves as point person regarding high-profile animal health situations that involve media coverage.
• Builds and strengthens relationships with board members, donors and prospective donors to encourage support of the institution.

Position Specifications:
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with eligibility for licensure in the state of Illinois.
Job experience: 
• At least 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine, with at least five years of work with aquatic species, including marine mammals. Seven to 10 years' managerial experience. Strong leadership skills required. Strong professional affiliations and presence within veterinary, research, conservation and other professional associations and communities preferred. Contributions to professional publications encouraged.

Special knowledge and skills:
• Strong interpersonal communication and public-speaking skills required.
• Strategic planning experience required.
• Demonstrable experience in the management of a preventive veterinary medicine program required.
• Ability to foster external relationships with peer institutions and research and conservation organizations and associations.  
Personal characteristics:
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team-management environment. 

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