Opportunities and Jobs

This page is intended as a point of contact for those that are seeking exotic animal or zoological positions. The following opportunities are currently available:

Please contact the webmaster if you would like to advertise an exotic poistion, internship or residency on the BVZS website. Opportunities will be placed for 3 months and then automatically taken down.

Cambridge Veterinary Group

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Exotics Veterinary Surgeon to join our team in the beautiful city of Cambridge. We see a wide range of exotics and have vivaria and heated bird cages to accommodate these species as well as extremely competent nurses, trained in husbandry and anaesthesia. We also provide services for a local Animal Training Centre who host a diverse zoological collection. A leadership role would be considered as well as someone who is willing to train our more junior vets. Ideally the candidate would also be happy to see routine dogs and cats.


The position is parttime (hours to be discussed) and includes 6.6 weeks holiday per annum (pro rata), CPD allowance, Birthday leave and Private Medical Insurance. Salary commensurate with experience.Please submit your CV and interest to Claire Ross (Practice Manager)

Two Residencies in Wildlife Population Health and Zoo Health Management

Closing Date: 3rd January 2021

Uploaded: 30th November 2020

Applications are invited for a residency (three-year postgraduate programme) in Wildlife Population Health and a second in Zoo Health Management. Both are co-organised by the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London.


Residents will enrol onto a Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVetMed) programme whilst receiving specialised training involving a combination of taught components, supervised practical work and independent research.

Residents will be expected to prepare to sit the examination for membership of the relevant European College of Zoological Medicine specialty board.

These residencies are open to veterinary graduates holding a degree from a European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVA)-approved veterinary school which is registerable with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Applicants are required to have some previous experience in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery (see website for further information).

Important: Candidates who already hold an MSc, PhD or other higher degree are not eligible for these Residencies.

Residency stipend starts at £19,100 per annum and increases by annual increments, conditional to satisfactory progress and assessment.


Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 3rd January 2021.

Interview dates: Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February 2021.

Residencies will commence on Monday 5th July 2021.


For informal discussions about these residencies, please contact:

For further details and to apply for these residencies, please visit https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/residencies/zoo-health-management-and-wildlife-population-health-complete-version 

PhD Studentship on Disease Occurrence in Red Squirrels

Closing Date: 10th January 2021

Uploaded: 30th November 2020

3.5 year PhD


This opportunity is open to UK and international students and provides funding to cover stipend, tuition fees and consumable/travel costs.


Applications including a statement of interest and full CV with names and addresses (including email addresses) of two academic referees, should be emailed to .


More details found here: Click Here

Two Opportunities for Veterinary Surgeons at the Highland Wildlife Park

Fixed Term Contracts - 6 months and 4.5 years

Uploaded: 3rd December 2020

Reporting to the Head of Veterinary Services for RZSS, you will perform all duties to ensure the smooth running of all veterinary activities for the project, working closely with the Saving Wildcats Project Manager, Ex-Situ Conservation Manager, Field Manager and ex-situ animal team. Following best practice guidance, you’ll be providing the highest standard of veterinary care and animal welfare in support of RZSS’ Vision and mission, aiming to optimise the quality of the visitor experience as appropriate. 


What they’re looking for:

  • A current Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Significant practical experience in a zoo or animal-related environment
  • A practical understanding of current conservation science, zoo biology and animal welfare ethics
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current veterinary zoological techniques and best practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of zoological legislation and best practice
  • Working knowledge of ZIMS
  • Confident presentations skills, e.g. about animals, veterinary care and welfare


This is a full time Fixed Term position where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week, weekend and occasional evening working will be required.


For more information click here for 6 months position and here for 4.5 years position.


Small Animal Exotics Vet Position

The Veterinary Health Centre, Lytham St. Annes

Uploaded: 10th December 2020

Located by the coast in West Lancashire an hour and a half from the Lake District and an hour from Manchester and Cheshire. 


The position is well supported in a clinic with dedicated reptile, avian and Gold Standard rabbit ward. All the necessary equipment to complete exotic work as joining a colleague who has completed and passed the CertAVP (ZooMed) programme.


Required working hours are 3 days a week 8.30 to 7pm, and 1 Saturday morning in 5. There is an out of hours rota, requiring working within the rota, no more than 1 a week.


Website available here: tvhc.co.uk

Applicants please send any enquiries to;

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