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Veterinarian-Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The Vacancy:
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary requires a resident veterinarian to take over from the current veterinarian, per October 2017. The veterinarian is responsible for the daily health and welfare of almost 80 chimpanzees and also undertakes additional tasks to support the overall daily operation of the sanctuary.

The Sanctuary:
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1995 by the Government of Sierra Leone, through the help of conservationist Bala Amarasekaran and the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone to rescue, care for and rehabilitate confiscated pets and orphaned or abandoned wild chimpanzees. It plays a vital role in conserving and protecting chimpanzees in the wild through education, communication and legal enforcement. Tacugama is located 20 minutes from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

The Role:
The role of the veterinarian will include overall observation and management of chimpanzee health following standard operating procedures. Responses to identified health problems can include dispensing of medication, immobilizing chimps as necessary for treatment, implementation of disease prevention measures and attending to any medical emergencies. Health checks and close monitoring of newly rescued chimps may also be needed. Experience in pathology, post-mortem examination procedures and basic laboratory skills are required, due to an ongoing disease investigation. Key responsibilities include daily rounds, filing and maintenance of daily data records, and continuing the ongoing disease investigation based on work from several predecessors.

The veterinarian also will act as assistant camp manager, helping with the overall operational management and smooth running of the sanctuary which includes staff management, general camp infrastructure monitoring and light accounting and administration. The post reports to the Programme Director and the Programme Manager.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who possesses a recognised university degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent).

Ideally you will:
- have a minimum of 5 years experience as a qualified veterinary practitioner
- have previous experience working with primates and knowledge of primate disease and pathobiology
- have a post-graduate qualification in conservation/wildlife medicine
- have experience with disease investigations/epidemiology
- have strong experience/background in pathology and necropsy
- have strong English language and computer skills
- have travelled / lived overseas preferably in Africa
- be willing to live in relatively basic conditions
- enjoy working with others to develop their knowledge and skills

Support provided for this position (travel, meals, lodging):
You will be provided with an annual return economy plane ticket to Sierra Leone and on-site accommodation. A daily meal (local food) is prepared for all staff. A monthly stipend of $800 is provided.

Please send your CV, a cover letter and two professional references as soon as possible by email to and ensure that your email subject is ´Vet Application October 2017/ 2018´
Hours / week0
OrganisationTacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
AddressFreetown, Sierra Leone
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