Thousands of animals languish in roadside zoos,  circuses, and other captive-animal exhibits all over the United States. We know that animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns—yet they are still forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment. PETA is looking to hire a veterinarian with wildlife and exotic-animal experience to join our team and help put an end to these cases of animal abuse. As a PETA veterinarian, you will assess the health of animals in captivity, prepare suggestions for improvements, and assist with relocation missions for the animals when possible. Use your veterinary knowledge of elephants, tigers, lions, and more to assistant those held in captivity across the nation and beyond.



Position Objective:

To use professional expertise and experience, particularly with exotic-animal and wildlife species, to assist with  PETA’s cruelty and neglect cases


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• Review and advise on specific cases of abuse of animals in roadside zoos, circuses, and similar captive-animal exhibits and collections

• Travel as needed to assess potential cruelty cases and conditions of at-risk animals in captive situations

• Assist in determining best courses of action in accordance with veterinary standards

• Identify and recommend improvements regarding problems with captive wildlife and the exhibition of exotic animals

• Develop and execute strategic plans for securing improvements in care

• Conduct research in order to develop or review literature to advance captive-animal protection

• When possible, assist with relocation missions, such as the transport of bears and elephants to sanctuaries

• Develop and maintain relationships with other exotic-animal experts, exotic-animal keepers, whistleblowers, sanctuaries, and government agencies

• Present PETA’s positions to the media

• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor



• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university

• Minimum of two years of experience working with large animals, exotic animals, and captive wildlife

• Advanced working knowledge of captive-animal health issues

• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times

• Proven ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects

• Proven exceptional writing and research skills

• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy and the ability to communicate effectively

• Proven ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships

• Willingness and ability to travel on short notice

• Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record

• Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA’s positions on issues

• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Tagged as: VET, veterinarian, wildlife