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Externship Opportunities - Massachusetts

 


 

Institution

Zoo New England (Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo)

Address

One Franklin Park Road

City

Boston

State/Province

MA

Country

USA 

Zip Code

02121 

Primary Contact

ebaitchman@zoonewengland.com

Position (of Contact)

Director of Veterinary Services

Phone

617-989-2049 

Email Address

ebaitchman@zoonewengland.com

Fax

617-989-2080

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Zoo medicine 

Research

N/A 

Allied Institution

N/A

Responsibilities

Accompany staff veterinarians.  Self-directed learning skills important.

Duration

4-6 weeks; 4 week minimum

Application Requests

Please submit a letter of intent, current resume, and letter of recommendation from a veterinarian that is familiar with your abilities and your motivation to enter the zoo field.

If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Externship is CLOSED from mid-November through early January. 

Application Deadline

Applications due October 1st prior to the following academic year. 

Class Standing

Clinical year

Compensation

None

Housing

Student’s responsibility

Transportation

Student’s responsibility

Insurance

Student proof of insurance required

Expenses

We provide nothing but experience!

TB Tests/Vaccinations

TB test neg within 1 year of rotation.  Rabies vaccination preferred

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

Misc. Information

Externship is CLOSED from mid-November through early January. 

Last Date Edited

10/2015

  

 

 

Institution:

New England Aquarium

Address:

Central Wharf

City:

Boston

State/Province:

MA

Country:

USA

Zip Code:

02110

Primary Contact:

Mona Chang

Position (of Contact):

Manager, Volunteer Programs and Internships

Phone:

(617) 973-5235

Email:

vols@neaq.org

Fax:

 

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

Rotations are a comprehensive introduction into aquatic animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Students are rotated through all areas of the aquarium, which includes working with fish, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, environmental quality and marine animal rescue/rehabilitation.

Research:

Students are expected to produce a case report, research paper, and 30 minute PowerPoint presentation to staff.

Allied Institutions:

 

Responsibilities:

Perform animal husbandry duties, participate in rounds, and provide supportive assistance with cases

Duration:

6-8 weeks between September 1 to June 30 (no summer rotations)

Application Requests:

two (2) copies of a letter of intent, two (2) copies of a curriculum vitae, two (2) copies of veterinary school transcript, two (2) copies of 2 letters of recommendation, and 3 proposed dates of the externship in one package to: Attn: Veterinary Externship Volunteer Programs & Internships New England Aquarium Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110-3399

Application Deadline:

Priority deadline November 1 (early or late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as space permits)

Class Standing:

3rd or 4th year students only

Compensation:

None provided

Housing:

None provided

Transportation:

None provided (car recommended), public transportation accessible

Insurance:

None provided (*general workers compensation available*)

Expenses:

No program fees other than room and board expenses, which students have to provide on their own.

TB Test/Vaccinations:

None required, but tetanus shots strongly encouraged

Does program accept International applicants?:

Yes

Misc. Information:

Please visit our website for more information at www.neaq.org Go to: Home > Get involved > Internships > Internship positions > Veterinary Student Externship

Last date edited.:

December 2010

  

 

 

Institution:

Cape Wildlife Center of the Humane Society

Address:

4011 Main Street

City:

Barnstable

State/Province:

Massachusetts

Country:

USA

Zip Code:

02630

Primary Contact:

Roberto Aguilar

Position (of Contact):

Veterinarian

Phone:

508 362 0111

Email:

raguilar@humanesociety.org

Fax:

508 362 0268

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

• Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species: Such species may include: o Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and / or opossums o Songbirds o Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds o Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc) o Raptors o Turtles • Basic physical exam of admitted patients • Medical care of admitted wildlife – mammals, birds and reptiles o  Determining fluid§Determining health status o Developing treatment plan   Determining nutritional requirements§ Determining drug dosages §requirement  for admitted patients (kcal requirements) o Instituting treatment plan • Venipuncture • In-house laboratory work (CBC’s, fecals and profiles) • Wildlife digital radiography • Rehabilitation and care - husbandry of adult & juvenile mammals, birds, reptiles • Prerelease conditioning of wildlife patients and orphans

Research:

Detection of avian malaria in pelagic seabirds; lead toxicity and exposure of wildlife, and detection of zoonotic disease in wildlife are current areas of research. Also humane control of reproduction in gulls and resolution of human-wildlife conflict are important emerging areas of interest.

Allied Institutions:

Department of Environmental and Population Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Tufts University. Humane Society of the United States. Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

Responsibilities:

• Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species: Such species may include: o Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and / or opossums o Songbirds o Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds o Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc) o Raptors o Turtles • Physical exam of admitted patients • Rehabilitation and care - husbandry of infant and young mammals and birds • Rehabilitation and care - husbandry of adult mammals, birds, and reptiles • Prerelease conditioning of wildlife patients and raised young • Determining nutritional requirements for admitted patients (kcal requirements) The following is a list of secondary activities that given time and proper training externs may have the chance to be involved in: • Medical care of admitted wildlife – mammals, birds and reptiles • Determining fluid requirement for admitted patients • Determining drug dosages • Venipuncture • In-house laboratory work (CBC’s, fecals and profiles) • Wildlife digital radiography

Duration:

4 to 8 weeks

Application Requests:

Please contact Dr. Aguilar.

Application Deadline:

Open all year. Recommend early application for Spring/Summer.

Class Standing:

No preference

Compensation:

None offered

Housing:

Dorm style apartment to share

Transportation:

None offered

Insurance:

None offered - extern to have coverage on own

Expenses:

Travel and food. Lodging is offered.

TB Test/Vaccinations:

Pre-exposure rabies is mandatory - work with rabies vector species.

Does program accept International applicants:

Yes

Misc. Information:

Spring and Summer are busiest and recommended for maximum experience.

Last date edited:

11/2011

 

Institution

Tufts Wildlife Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University


Address

200 Westboro Road


City

North Grafton


State/Province

MA


Country

United States


Zip Code

01536


Primary Contact

Dr. Florina Tseng


Position (of Contact)

Director of Clinic, Associate Professor


Phone

5088397918


Email Address

flo.tseng@tufts.edu


Fax


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Students usually stay here for 2-4 week blocks between April-November, and are involved in every aspect of wildlife medicine from emergency on call duty, patient admissions, diagnostics and therapeutics, and anesthesia and surgery. 


Research


Allied Institution


Responsibilities

Students with be involved in all aspects of patient care including record-keeping, medical diagnostics, surgery and necropsy, participating in rounds, overnight on-call duty, and assisting clinicians on duty


Duration

2-4 week periods from April-November


Application Requests

Candidates for the externship must be in their 4th year clinical rotations in order to be considered for this position. Applicants must attend AAVMC accredited veterinary schools. Required Forms: • a letter of interest • current CV • two letters of recommendation • some suggested blocks of specific times that you'll be available Applications should be submitted to: Flo Tseng, DVM Wildlife Clinic, TCSVM 200 Westboro Rd. N. Grafton, MA 01536 flo.tseng@tufts.edu


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?


Application Deadline

none


Class Standing

Candidates for the externship must be in their 4th year clinical rotations in order to be considered for this position. Applicants must attend AAVMC accredited veterinary schools. 


Compensation

none given


Housing

none provided


Transportation

none provided


Insurance

proof of insurance required


Expenses

housing, food, transportation


TB Tests/Vaccinations

required 


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information

All applicants must attend AAVMC accredited veterinary schools. 


Last Date Edited

1/25/17


 

 

 

Institution

New England Wildlife Center (NEWC)

 


Address

500 Columbian Street

 


City

South Weymouth

 


State/Province

Massachusetts

 


Country

USA

 


Zip Code

02190

 


Primary Contact

Dr. Robert Adamski

 


Position (of Contact)

Wildlife Veterinarian/Internship Coordinator

 


Phone

781-682-4878

 


Email Address

rob.adamski@newildlife.org

 


Fax

781-682-4872

 


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

See intern job description for details.

 


Research

NEWC is involved in multiple wildlife-related research projects which interns actively participate in.

 


Allied Institution

We work with the Boston Museum of Science, local nature/science centers, Massachusetts Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

 


Responsibilities

NEW ENGLAND WILDLIFE CENTER (NEWC) INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION Interns are considered to be essential members of the healthcare team at the wildlife center. Their primary function is to assist the full-time staff in providing basic husbandry, diet, enrichment and medical care for all hospitalized and boarding animals at the center. They will deal with both wildlife and exotic pet species. They are a prime example of NEWC fulfilling its mission statement to educate people about the natural history & wildlife of New England. Our interns are part of a healthcare team that manages the daily husbandry & medical care of 900-2000 wildlife patients and many more exotic pets annually. This is an unpaid internship position lasting typically anywhere from 1-6 months. The average day of an intern involves long hours (e.g. anywhere between 8-12 hours daily) 3-5 days per week as well as mentally, physically & emotionally demanding tasks. They are expected to perform a myriad of tasks. Interns have the primary responsibility to perform the husbandry tasks for all of our animals. This could involve anything from assist-feeding a red-tail hawk that was ill 10% of its body weight in mice, preparing diets or enrichment items to cleaning an outdoor raccoon enclosure. During the busy summer season, interns are our primary caregivers for the orphan birds and small mammals. This responsibility can involve preparing specialized diets for each species and carefully gavage tube feeding delicate neonate animals as often as every fifteen minutes throughout a shift. Interns are mentored so as to learn about, perform & become competent with a variety of complex medical tasks to include administering medications, splinting and bandaging injuries, treating common medical problems such as lead poisoning and wound care management. Interns will learn the importance of and participate in diagnostic tests in modern veterinary medicine such as radiographs, ultrasound, urinalysis or blood work on anything from a greater black-back gull to an eastern box turtle to a coyote. They will assist with surgical procedures and monitor animals under anesthesia. We teach proper nutrition and husbandry & their role in maintaining health and preventing disease. Our interns are encouraged to utilize their knowledge & experience to make the sort of judgment calls required of every veterinary technician & veterinarian. They will interact with members of the public to educate them about wildlife while admitting cases to the hospital as well as answering our “hotline” with phone-calls regarding wildlife-related questions from the public. We involve all our interns in projects & educational sessions on a diverse array of topics to include natural history of wildlife, anatomy and physiology of reptile & avian species, necropsy techniques & procedures, basic pathophysiology & pharmacology, drug calculations, etc. We pride ourselves here at NEWC by providing our interns with a very “hands-on” immersive experience in order to maximize learning, promoting interest in the natural history of New England, conservation issues and wildlife medicine. Interns work under the supervision of NEWC’s veterinary technicians and veterinarians. They are expected to be able to follow all applicable rules, regulations, protocols and laws of New England Wildlife Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government as it pertains to wildlife rehabilitation, animal care and the workplace. While expecting them to follow all standard protocols, applicable regulations and laws, we encourage interns to be pro-active, think “outside the box,” problem-solve and be creative while adapting to an often hectic and stressful healthcare environment.

 


Duration

Our externship program typically lasts 1-6 months.

 


Application Requests

Intern Application Website Download Link: https://www.newildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/INTERNSHIP-APPLICATION.pdf

 


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

We accept applications year-round.

 


Application Deadline

If applying for the Summer season, the deadline is February 15th. There is no deadline for spring, fall and winter sessions. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

 


Class Standing

We do not look at class standing as part of the application process, but do evaluate the student's resume, application, grades and letters of recommendation to determine the most suitable and qualified candidates.

 


Compensation

Our program is unpaid.

 


Housing

We have minimal housing here at New England Wildlife Center for $50.00 a week. This fee includes single/double bedrooms as well as access to shower facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, internet wi-fi, a lounge area and laundry facilities.

 


Transportation

Students must provide their own transportation. We can make arrangements to pick students up at Boston Logan Airport or the local train stations on an individual basis.

 


Insurance

We require all of our interns to have their own private health insurance.

 


Expenses

Students must have sufficient funds to cover their own expenses.

 


TB Tests/Vaccinations

We require proof of current tetanus and rabies vaccination as part of the application process.

 


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

 


Misc. Information

N/A

 


Last Date Edited

1/2018

 

 
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