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University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL 32610
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The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences offers a three-year Residency in Zoological Medicine. The starting date is July 12, 2017. The program is supervised by a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). The two faculty members involved in the first two years of the program are Diplomates of the ACZM, and one is also a Diplomate of the ACVM (Virology, Bacteriology/Mycology) and the ECZM(Herpetology). The third year of the residency is mentored by a Diplomate of the ACZM. The individual completing this program will have attained a broad clinical base for future involvement in a variety of nondomestic animal practices including zoos, wildlife parks, primate centers, research institutions, universities, or privately owned hospitals. The first two years of the three-year certificate program primarily involve participation in the Zoological Clinical Service within the UF Veterinary Hospitals (UFVH)and in field activities at a variety of Florida zoological collections including Lubee Bat Conservancy, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, and Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Approximately 1400 cases are seen within the UFVH and another 1000 cases are evaluated/treated in the field at zoological facilities. The first and second year residents rotate between two consecutive weeks in the UFVH followed by one week in the field and one week for professional development. The third year of the residency will be primarily at White Oak Conservation Center, working under their staff veterinarian, a Diplomate of the ACZM. White Oak Conservation Center is located near the Florida/Georgia border and is a private conservation facility that houses a large collection of endangered hoofstock, cheetahs and some birds. Housing is provided at White Oak but pets are not permitted. During the first two years, residents are involved in teaching and training third and fourth year veterinary students, with three to six students rotating through an elective Clerkship in Zoological medicine every two weeks. While a majority of the students will be from the University of Florida, veterinary students from other veterinary colleges also take the clerkship. The college requires that all Residents receive, in addition to clinical training, some exposure to investigative approaches during their residency. A Residency Research Project is a requirement of all Residents in the Department of SACS, and the awarding of a Resident Certificate is dependent on completion of this project by January of the second year and organization of findings into a scientific paper for submission to a refereed journal prior to the end of the second year. Residents are also expected to submit a clinical case report to a refereed journal by the end of the first year. A major aim of this residency program is to graduate veterinarians who are eligible to take the exam. To attain this goal, it is necessary to complete the publication requirements for the Certification Examination of the ACZM by March of the 3rd year. There is excellent opportunity for study during the 3rd year at White Oak Conservation Center. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact and/or visit the Zoological Medicine Service and White Oak Conservation Center for further information. Alternatively, representatives from these facilities are usually present at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Application must be made by December 5, 2014, through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Matching Program, 1024 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215-1167; Phone No.: 614-488-0617; Fax. No.: 614-488-0352; www.virmp.org. For additional information contact Dr. Jim Wellehan, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida; firstname.lastname@example.org
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