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Job Opening: Veterinarian


Project Chimps, a nonprofit sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from research facilities and other industries, is seeking a full-time veterinarian for the medical care and treatment of its resident chimpanzees. Currently home to 16 chimpanzees, Project Chimps expects to accommodate up to 300 chimpanzees within the next five years. This position offers the opportunity to develop a comprehensive medical care program and veterinary support team from the ground up, in collaboration with the CEO and other members of the Project Chimps’ leadership team.


DVM/VMD or equivalent degree, and able to practice in the United States. Possession or acquisition of a license to practice in Georgia will be a condition of employment.

Minimum of five years in the practice of veterinary medicine, with broad experience in large and small animal medicine, diagnostics, anesthesia, dentistry, wound management, surgery, and behavior.

Current DEA registration, or ability to acquire DEA registration. DEA registration will be a condition of employment.

Commitment to chimpanzee welfare, with a holistic and compassionate approach to balancing the medical, behavioral, social, and psychological needs of patients.

Willingness and ability to develop positive relationships with chimpanzees through participation in other aspects of their care, including routine husbandry procedures.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills:

Experience with nonhuman primate or other wildlife medicine preferred, but not required. Will train the right candidate.

Experience in digital x-ray operations.

Experience in the handling and management of controlled substances.

Practical approach to pathogen control.

Access to or ability to develop a network of specialists in human and veterinary medicine, including but not limited to cardiologists, dentists/oral surgeons, psychiatrists, and radiologists/ultrasonographers.

Experience with positive reinforcement training, and/or an understanding of its application and limitations.

Comfort with speaking to the media and general public.

Ability to work collaboratively with a team of varied backgrounds and experience, including seasoned chimpanzee experts, novice personnel, and research facility partners.


Salary & Benefits:

Salary is negotiable. Project Chimps provides health insurance, paid time off, holiday, and bereavement benefits.

About Project Chimps:

Founded in 2014, Project Chimps is located in the rural north Georgia mountains near Blue Ridge, GA (approximately 90 minutes from Atlanta) on the 236-acre site of a former gorilla sanctuary. Project Chimps is undertaking extensive renovations and expansion of the facility and is welcoming chimpanzee residents regularly as space becomes available. For additional information, please visit

Project Chimps is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and CV/resume to Correspondence may be addressed to Ben Callison, CEO. Deadline for applications is February 24, 2017.