WILDLIFE veterinarian (m/f/d)


Fulltime | LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, Bethlehem, South Africa

LIONSROCK is run by the international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS (VIER PFOTEN). We are caring for almost 100 big cats, mainly lions and tigers which were rescued by FOUR PAWS from different inadequate conditions. At LIONSROCK they can finally live in dignity in natural environment and receive species appropriate care. As a true sanctuary we do not breed or trade with the animals in our care and our focus lies on all aspects of their welfare.

We are searching for a positive thinking personality with great affinity to animal welfare as soon as possible:

Wildlife Veterinarian (m/f/d)

Main duties:

  • Providing extensive veterinary care to big cats (mainly lions and tigers) rescued from poor keeping conditions in South Africa and abroad, including wildlife anesthesia, surgeries, relocations, diagnostic imaging, blood analysis and long-term treatments
  • Providing veterinary care to other species housed or free-roaming on site (game, ostriches, horses, donkeys, and dogs)
  • Establishing veterinary protocols
  • Record-keeping in alignment with the organisation’s guidelines
  • Working closely with consulting veterinary specialists
  • Supporting the caretaker team with husbandry routine



  • Qualified veterinarian with a minimum 3 years’ experience in a veterinary practice or equivalent facility
  • Experience with wildlife species (preferably big cats) is helpful
  • Experience in wildlife husbandry and willing to assist with daily animal management
  • License to work as veterinarian in South Africa
  • Willingness to attend wildlife medical training
  • Very good spoken English
  • Excellent organisational skills as well as a problem solving, initiative and flexible personality and a high level of responsibility and personal drive
  • Willingness and capability to live in rural South Africa
  • Driving licence


What we offer:

  • On-site veterinary clinic (including digital X-ray, ultrasound and inhalation anaesthesia machine) as well as on-site accommodation
  • Pension and medical benefits
  • One annual flight home
  • Training with experienced wildlife vets
  • A perspective of a long-term employment
  • Work experience in an international organisation
  • A dynamic and pleasant working environment in a motivated team
  • A fully integrated and respectful partnership within an international organisation
  • An attractive working place with technically advanced infrastructure located 20 km away from Bethlehem that offers everything you need for your daily life


We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Are you looking for such an opportunity? 
We look forward to meeting you!

Moreover, we are happy to consider your application for other suitable job opportunities within our global organisation.

Please send your application in English, preferably via email, to  
VIER PFOTEN International
Hildegard Pirker, Head of Animal Welfare Department | Email: