New England Aquarium
  • Animal Health - Leadershp
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full Time Regular

The New England Aquarium is a leading marine conservation, research, and education organization. The Aquarium's public campus in Boston, MA displays nearly 12,000 animals comprised of approximately 550 species. Its private satellite campus in Quincy, MA includes facilities for the rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles, quarantine, and aquaculture of fish and invertebrates. The Director of Animal Health will lead veterinary care and animal welfare efforts at these two campuses, and collaborate on veterinary aspects of our field response and research programs. The position will directly oversee the clinical veterinary team, including the Senior Veterinarian, Associate Veterinarian, Aquarium Medical Center Manager, Animal Health Laboratory Manager, and two Animal Health Biologists. This position will also involve collaboration with conservation and educational programs and contributions to scientific research in the veterinary field.


The Aquarium maintains veterinary facilities at each campus, including medical, surgical, laboratory, and necropsy facilities. Diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities at each campus include point-of-care blood analysis, light and dissecting microscopy with digital image capture, rigid and flexible endoscopy, Vet Rocket DR radiography, ultrasonography, and photobiomodulation therapy. Established relationships with regional veterinary referral hospitals and specialists allow for advanced care, including surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, acupuncture, and advanced imaging, including MRI and CT. Collaboration with Aquarium scientists allows for the integration of advanced statistical analysis, endocrinology, conservation physiology, and emerging fisheries technologies, including biotelemetry.


New England Aquarium has implemented comprehensive safety protocols for employees and visitors to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. As a member of our team, you will be provided with the training and resources needed to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. In addition, the Aquarium requires all staff to be vaccinated with one booster shot (when eligible) against COVID-19 unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved.


This is a full-time regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package. The schedule will generally be Monday-Friday, but contribution to weekend and holiday coverage in collaboration with the Senior and Associate Veterinarians is required. The majority of work must be conducted on-site. The veterinary team performs overnight on-call duties on a rotational basis as needed.


  1. Provides vision and leadership for the programs of veterinary care and animal welfare. Develops and manages a complete health and welfare program for all collection, research, and rehabilitation animals, including preventive medicine, clinical care, environmental monitoring and assessment, welfare assessment, morbidity and mortality analyses, quarantine, nutrition, sanitation, strategic planning, and the Animal Health Department budget.
  2. Supervises the Senior and Associate veterinarians, Aquarium Medical Center Manager, and Animal Health Laboratory Manager.
  3. Assists with clinical care and associated record keeping, as needed, in support of the Senior and Associate veterinarians.
  4. Ensures that the Aquarium's animal care staff are educated in preventive health care and modern husbandry and welfare practices.
  5. Participates in collection planning, exhibit planning, and sustainability efforts.
  6. Ensures that all personal and institutional permits and licenses that relate to the practice of veterinary medicine and the operation of a veterinary facility are maintained in good order. Ensures that complete and current medical records are maintained in accordance with Aquarium, AZA and governmental policies and regulations.
  7. Assists with marketing and communications and acts as an institutional spokesperson to colleagues, the media, and the public.
  8. Establishes research priorities and fosters collaboration in completing research projects, developing presentations, and preparing reports and manuscripts for publication. Publishes at least one peer-reviewed manuscript per year as lead author or senior (last)
  9. Serves as the veterinarian of record for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  10. Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.


Minimum Training, Experience, and Abilities

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree.
  • Minimum of 7 years practicing veterinary medicine in an aquarium or zoo, and a minimum of 5 years' experience in coordinating and supervising veterinary teams and procedures.
  • Clinical experience with aquatic animals, including fish.
  • Experience with medical and surgical management and anesthesia of a wide variety of aquatic species.
  • Clear record of scientific research scholarship.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Experience with budgets and spreadsheets.
  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain Massachusetts and federal veterinary and controlled drug licenses.
  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain USDA accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport.
  • Intermediate computer skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of the full realm of AZA standards.
  • Experience with media appearances, public speaking, and public advocacy work.

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New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

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