Wildlife Case Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

This veterinarian will coordinate specimen submissions from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to the relevant veterinary diagnostic laboratory in the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostics System (PADLS) on behalf of the Wildlife Futures Program at Penn Vet. The successful candidate will communicate with diagnostic personnel and submitters as cases are received to coordinate appropriate testing and ensure cases are processed and reported in a timely manner; communicate diagnostic results clearly to agency staff and help interpret any wildlife management, domestic animal or human health implications.  Create SOPs for sample collection and submission as well as assist in development of a digital wildlife health database and tissue biobank. Preference will be given to a veterinarian who has experience with North American wildlife. This position is located in Kennett Square, PA.

Job Description

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate submissions to veterinary diagnostic laboratories, including communicating with diagnostic personnel and submitters to coordinate appropriate testing and ensure cases are processed in a timely manner
  • Communicate implications of diagnostic results for wildlife population management, domestic animal and/or human health, and communicate relevant findings to submitters and direct follow up questions back to Wildlife Futures staff as needed.
  • Assist in creating protocols/SOPs for sample collection and submission and disease surveillance.
  • Assist in maintaining a digital, centralized wildlife health database to streamline case submissions and manage retained specimens.
  • Participate in Wildlife Futures Program meetings, trainings, communications, and outreach.


Ph.D, VMD/DVM degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience working at a diagnostic laboratory and/or with a state or federal wildlife program is preferred. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are essential. A valid driver's license is required. This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room; Requires extensive safety training; Exposure to chemicals; Requires protective devices

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 24-50 lb. Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$35,568.00 - $204,000.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.