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Externships - Oregon
4001 SW Canyon Road
Position (of Contact)
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
Clinical duties will include participating in the care of spontaneously occurring medical cases, participating in the anesthesia and examination of animals for routine pre-shipment and preventative health examinations, performing routine clinical laboratory examination of deceased animals, blood, serum, fecal , and cytological samples, and researching differential diagnoses, treatments and anesthesia protocols for active cases. The student may be assigned as primary clinician for some cases with guidance provided by a staff veterinarian.
The student will be required to complete a short library research project during their externship and present their findings to interested zoo staff. The subject is dependent on the student’s interests and may pertain to current cases at the zoo, broader subject matter pertaining to medical management of zoo animals, medical issues pertaining to specific taxa (whether at our zoo or not) or medical or surgical topics relevant to both zoo and domestic animal medicine.
Audubon Society of Portland
The student is expected to be an active member of the veterinary staff during their time at the Oregon Zoo. We encourage students to be active participants in their own educations and to participate fully in case discussions. Attendance is required from - (including holidays); however additional time may be required depending on case load. The student may be called in to assist with emergencies in the evening or on the weekends and is expected to be available unless prior arrangements are made. The student will work closely with veterinarians on both clinical and non-clinical aspects of their jobs. Non-clinical duties will include daily rounds with the Veterinary Department and weekly medical rounds with the veterinarians. For scheduled procedures, the student will be expected to review medical records and perform the appropriate research prior to participating in the case. Access to ZIMS medical records will be provided and the student will be expected to participate in medical record keeping.
Curriculum vitae (CV), letter of reference, and the Oregon Zoo Veterinary Externship Application Form.
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
5 positions between July 2017 and June 2018
4th year or equivalent
Not provided. Portland has an extensive public transportation system with a light-rail stop at the zoo. Please see www.trimet.com for more information and cost estimate. Paid parking in the public parking area is available.
Personal medical insurance is required and is the responsibility of the student.
Documented negative tuberculosis status of the last day of the rotation. Rabies vaccination with documented protective titer. Tetanus vaccination within the past 5 years.
Does program accept International applicants?
Last Date Edited
Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
1790 Safari Rd. Winston, OR 97496
Benjamin E. Alcantar, DVM
Primary Contact Email, Phone
Number of Positions Available
On what date will this position next be available?
July of each year
to first week of December each year
Application should include
Letter of intent, CV or resume, 2 letters of recommendation (Electronic application and recommendation will be accepted)
DVM, or equivalent degree. Preference given to those with one year of clinical experience. Experience in exotics, zoo and/or wildlife recommended. International applicants will be considered.
Accept International Applicants
$25,000.00 – Housing available, health insurance not provided
Length of Commitment/Start Date
July to June; one year commitment
Wildlife Safari is an AZA accredited institution with over 500 animals, situated on over 600 acres. The park is located 10 minutes off of I-5 in south-central Oregon, just 1.5 hours from Eugene. The drive thru consists of three major drive-thru sections, where the hoof stock are in a mixed species free range setting. There are four additional areas of non-free range animals (Lions, Brown Bears, Black Bears, Cheetahs/Tigers); and a large walk thru Village section that includes over 100 smaller animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and a petting zoo). Wildlife Safari is known for having the most successful cheetah breeding program in the United States. The park currently has 21 cheetahs spread between a large, off exhibit breeding area and the drive-thru area. The hospital is staffed by one full time veterinarian and one veterinary assistant. The intern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at the park, including, but not limited to: dart immobilization procedures, annual exams, preventative medicine, surgeries and emergency care. The intern is expected to assist with veterinary externs, work rotating on-call hours, and create/perform one project or research topic.
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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)