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Externship Opportunities - Arizona
Institution Name: Arizona Bird Clinic
The Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway
Kristen Phair, DVM, DACZM
Position (of Contact)
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
The Phoenix Zoo is offering a 4 week externship program in zoological medicine for senior veterinary students in their final clinical year. The extern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at the Phoenix Zoo. This will include daily rounds, preventative medicine examinations, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. The extern will also be expected to assist with daily care and maintenance of animals and the hospital, including medical treatments, laboratory submissions, and medical record keeping. The Phoenix Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution situated on 125 acres of land, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The collection consists of more than 1,400 animals including more than 80 species of mammals, 120 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles, and 70 species of amphibians, invertebrates, and fish. The full service veterinary hospital is staffed by two full-time veterinarians, one full-time veterinary intern, two full-time certified veterinary technicians, one full-time hospital keeper, one part-time hospital keeper, and an administrative assistant.
Student applicants should have a strong interest in zoological medicine and conservation. Proof of rabies vaccination and a negative tuberculin skin test firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of reference should come directly from reference’s email address rather than through the applicant. The application period is rolling and externship positions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for applicants that meet the above criteria. of the start date is required. Prior experience working with exotic species is preferable, but not required. Excellent work ethic, communication skills, and a positive, team-oriented attitude are expected. Externs are expected to find their own housing accommodations during their stay in Phoenix. This is a competitive position and applicants are encouraged to apply far in advance (ideally during their second year of veterinary school). To apply, please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference via email to Dr. Kristen Phair,
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
Senior (4th year)
Externs are expected to find their own housing accommodations during their stay in Phoenix
Externs are expected to provide their own transportation.
Proof of rabies vaccination and a negative tuberculin skin test of the start date is required.
Does program accept International applicants?
Last Date Edited
Anneke Moresco spent the last year doing post doctoral work at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Anneke and colleagues participated in a conservation and reproduction project for the black-footed cat in South Africa. See the spotlight HERE. Photo credit Dr. Alex Sliwa (curator at the Cologne zoo)