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Residency Available at UW/Milwaukee Zoo/ICF
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Zoo, International Crane Foundation

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
Univ. of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Primary Contact
Kurt Sladky, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM; Roberta Wallace, DVM; Barry Hartup, DVM PhD

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available

Matching Program?

On what date will this position next be available?
July 15, 2014

Application Deadline
Please follow the VIRMP guidelines

Application should include
Please follow the VIRMP guidelines; a resume or Curriculum Vitae, University transcripts, Veterinary School GPA and class rank, letter of career goals, and three letters of reference

Experience Required
minimum of 1 year of post-graduate experience

Accept International Applicants

Approximate values: 1st year 28,200, 2nd year 29,200, 3rd year 30,200; plus full benefits

Length of Commitment/Start Date
3 years

Program Description

Program description: The Section of Zoological Medicine and the Special Species Health Service (SSHS) within the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM), in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Zoo (MCZ) and International Crane Foundation (ICF), offers a post-graduate residency training program in zoological medicine, which is approved by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). The objective of the program is to provide clinical training, research, and teaching experience in all aspects Zoological Medicine, including zoological companion species, captive zoo species, and free-ranging wildlife species. A primary goal of the residency program is to fulfill the residency training requirements of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and to prepare the candidate for the specialty board certification examination administered by the ACZM. The residency consists of 3 years, and is a collaborative effort between the UWSVM, the MCZ, and the ICF. The resident is selected through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program. The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the MCZ and ICF are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).


Clinical Responsibilities: The resident is the primary clinician (under supervision of two faculty members) for the Special Species Health Service (SSHS) for minimum period of 5 months per year and will be assigned to all cases presented to the SSHS during his/her period of rotation. The SSHS caseload consists predominately of zoological companion animals ("exotic pets”), including a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, as well as amphibians and fish species. The SSHS case load averages 60 cases per month. The VMTH is also responsible for the health care program at the International Crane Foundation where 15 species of cranes are maintained. The resident is expected to spend a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks per year at the ICF. The ICF averages over 800 medical entries per year; in addition, the resident will be involved in various aspects of the Whooping Crane reintroduction program. The MCZ has an extensive collection of zoological species including non-human primates, hoofstock, megavertebrates, small mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The resident is responsible (under supervision by one of the staff veterinarians) for the daily primary care of clinical cases at the MCZ for a minimum period of 5 months per year. The MCZ averages over 3,000 medical entries per year, which provides the resident with a minimum of 100 cases per month. While this residency is primarily focused on captive species in zoological collections and zoological companion animals, training in free-ranging wildlife is encouraged through collaborative projects with the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute, the Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, and the MCZ.


Teaching: The resident is expected to participate in didactic teaching within the core curriculum course in Special Species Health. In addition, the resident will supervise fourth year veterinary students during their elective Special Species Health rotation, as well as periodic 4th year externs at the MCZ and ICF. The resident is expected to lead daily clinical rounds and prepare formal topical rounds discussions with the students and assist in their rotation evaluation. Additionally, the resident is encouraged to participate in the instruction of veterinary students, interns and the local veterinary community through extracurricular lectures and laboratories.


Research: The resident is required to develop a minimum of one independent research project, which is to be completed within the three-year resident training program. Results from these independent research projects are expected to be presented at scientific meetings and to yield at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Training in writing effective grant applications and animal care and use protocols will be available and is encouraged.


Professional Development: The resident is expected to fulfill the ACZM publication requirements, which includes 5 first-authored, peer-reviewed manuscripts. Within our 3-year program, the resident is required to publish at least one manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal based on an original research project. In addition, it is expected that the resident will also publish a minimum of 4 retrospective studies or case-reports in peer-reviewed journals. A minimum of 8 weeks per year are allotted for independent study time, to complete an externship in an area of special interest, for attending scientific meetings, including ACZM Board Exam preparation workshops, and for manuscript preparation. The resident is required to attend and participate in weekly Zoological Medicine topical rounds. The professional development of the resident will be monitored through regular evaluations. These sessions will focus on assessing the resident’s professionalism, clinical knowledge, teaching methods, and progress toward fulfilling the goals of the residency. Comparative pathology is an important aspect of the resident's training. Zoo pathology rounds are held once monthly with faculty, residents, and fellows involved in the pathology and clinical training programs to review histological specimens provided by necropsies and surgical biopsies from the MCZ and SSHS. In addition, the resident may be required to participate in the gross necropsy of zoo animals at the MCZ and UWSVM.


Mentorship Residents: completing this program will receive training across a wide range of species through a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to Zoological Medicine. Several clinicians will supervise the program. One faculty member at the UW-SVM, Dr. Kurt K. Sladky, is a Diplomate in the ACZM. He is active in the ACZM and is mindful of the commitment that is required to mentor an individual towards ACZM certification. A second faculty member, Dr. Christoph Mans, is currently ACZM board eligible. The resident will be assigned one faculty member as their principal advisor at the UWSVM. In addition, one of the two staff veterinarians at the MCZ, Drs. Roberta Wallace and Vickie Clyde, will also act as co-advisor. The SSHS staff also includes one clinical instructor position, Dr. Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services at the ICF. The SSHS has two certified veterinary technicians assigned to the service. The ICF is staffed by a full-time certified veterinary technician, and the MCZ is staffed by three animal health technicians. In addition, the resident will work closely with clinical faculty throughout the UWSVM, including board-certified anesthesiologists, radiologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, oncologists, surgeons, neurologists, dermatologists and internists.


Applicant Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a DVM degree from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent degree and a score greater than 70 on the National Board Examination and the Clinical Competency Test. Application should be made through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Veterinary Intern/Resident Matching Program, and should include a resume or Curriculum Vitae, University transcripts, Veterinary School GPA and class rank, letter of career goals, and three letters of reference. Inquiries about the program can be sent to Dr. Kurt Sladky (

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