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Internship Available at Indianapolis Zoo


Indianapolis Zoo

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)

1200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46240

Primary Contact

Melissa Sama 

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available


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Application should include

letter of intent, CV, veterinary school transcripts, 3 letters of professional reference, and Indianapolis Zoo online employment application 

Experience Required

1 year of clinical experience preferred 

Accept International Applicants




Length of Commitment/Start Date

1 year 

Program Description

INDIANAPOLIS ZOO/HARLAN FAMILY VETERINARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Candidates are now being considered for a one (1) year veterinary internship in zoological medicine at the Indianapolis Zoo. The one – year appointment begins July 3, 2017; the salary is $45,000, and benefits include medical and dental coverage. This program has been made possible by the generous philanthropic gift of the Harlan Family Foundation. The Polly Horton Hix Animal Care Complex is a 12,000 square foot fully equipped veterinary hospital featuring a dedicated surgery suite, treatment room, clinical pathology lab, diagnostic imaging room, hospital and quarantine wards, and necropsy. The veterinary department consists of the following full-time positions: three veterinarians, a nutritionist, three veterinary technicians, hospital area manager, senior keeper, nutrition center area manager and nutrition center technician. The Zoo itself is located on a beautiful 64 acre campus in the heart of Indy’s downtown area. The Indianapolis Zoo has a diverse animal collection of over 1500 specimens representing 230 species including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. The Indianapolis Zoo has developed into a global leader in animal conservation. We are the largest zoo in the country that receives no direct tax funding. Position Summary: The intern will assist the staff veterinarians in all aspects of veterinary care including but not limited to: • preventative medicine • attending to the clinical cases • participation in approved research projects • medical record keeping • participation in clinical rounds • participation in journal club and subject rounds • compiling data and initiating actions to resolve recurrent clinical problems within the collection • contributing to the ongoing development of the preventative medicine program • keeper education • mentoring of fourth year veterinary students Management of the clinical caseload requires: • proficiency in history collection • conducting physical examinations • diagnostic testing (includes sample collection, radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy) • administering medical treatments, anesthesia, performing surgeries, and necropsies • liaison for consulting veterinarians The intern will be encouraged to submit for publication a full length manuscript by the end of the internship. Position Requirements: • Must possess a DVM degree • Eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Indiana • Demonstrate a strong interest in zoological medicine • Qualify for DEA registration, as well as federal and state accreditation. • Strongly prefer candidates with at least one (1) year clinical experience. Application Process: • Provide a cover letter stating areas of interest in zoo veterinary medicine and professional goals • Thoroughly complete an on-line employment application at , attach a current curriculum vitae to the on-line application. In the “Position Desired” section of the application, please put “Veterinary Intern.” • Veterinary school transcripts provided directly from the institution to the Indianapolis Zoo. • Three (3) letters of professional reference, preferably from a professional who has supervised your work. These letters may be emailed to; or mailed by U.S. post to: Director of Human Resources, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. To help ensure receipt of your online application, we recommend that applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment training, drug testing, criminal history checks and a BMV check. The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) after 90 days of employment. The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. Please note that you will not be considered for this position if all your applications materials are not received by the deadline of December 15, 2016. A final decision will be made by March 31st, 2017

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