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San Diego Wild Animal Park Externship Details

San Diego Wild Animal Park

Student Externship Program 

Revised 5October2006

OVERVIEW

Requirements

 
    • Curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, and a letter of intent including preferred dates. Students will only be accepted during the months of January-July.
    • Students must provide a letter from their veterinary school stating they will be receiving credits for this unpaid internship.
    • Students must provide a signed RELEASE OF LIABILITY, VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION OF RISK, INDEMNIFICATION AND WAIVER OF CLAIM AGREEMENT prior to the start of their externship.
    • International students must provide a copy of their visa prior to beginning the externship.
    • The above application materials must be submitted by September 1 of your junior year in veterinary school. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. You will be notified by October 1 of that year if you are successful in obtaining an externship position.
    • Only senior veterinary students are eligible.
    • Successful candidates must demonstrate interest in zoological medicine, nutrition, and/or pathology.
    • A minimum of a 4-week rotation will be offered.
    • Students are responsible for their housing and transportation.
    • No stipend is available.
    • Students must have health insurance.
    • Students must have a negative tuberculin skin test or negative chest radiograph within 12 months of starting the externship.

WAP Clinical Medicine Program Description

 
  • Application materials should be sent to Valerie Stoddard, Administrative Assistant, Harter Veterinary Medical Center, San Diego Wild Animal Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027-7017.
  • The WAP Clinical Medicine Externship Program will be offered from January through July.
  • Up to 2 students will be accepted at any one time or up to 2 students may overlap for a minimum of 4 weeks each.

Basic Information

 
  • Students must visit the Human Resources Department during their first week for an ID card and orientation.
  • Students will be toured around the hospital.
  • Use of the library and medical records will be explained during the first week so students can take advantage of all available reference and clinical material.
  • A staff list with office phone numbers will be provided.
  • Students should bring a lunch, drinks, and snacks each day.
  • Students should bring their own stethoscope.
  • Shoes should be worn that can be left at the WAP hospital for the duration of the externship.
  • A locker will be provided but you should bring your own lock.
  • Wear comfortable but neat clothes (jeans or khakis, scrub top, collared shirt, etc.). These clothes (which will suffice as your uniform) will need to stay at the WAP during your stay but you will have access to laundry facilities.
  • A limited supply and sizes of ZSSD uniforms, coveralls, and lab coats will be available.
  • Bring your own scrubs.
  • Students should be prepared to work on a small project during the externship and this topic must be approved in advance (a list of suggested topics is available). Alternatively, students can prepare a case report based on their clinical experience at the WAP.
  • Students must give a powerpoint presentation of their project or case report to the staff during the fourth week.
  • Students are expected to work Monday-Friday, 6:15AM-4:30 PM. Weekends are optional.
  • Office space, a library, internet access, and a computer will be available.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars (if available).
  • There may be an opportunity to spend one day with the veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo, in the ZSSD Pathology Department, or with the ZSSD Nutritionist.
  • A digital photograph will be taken during the externship and posted on our display board.

Student’s responsibilities

 
  • The WAP Clinical Medicine rotation will be an observational experience. Students will have the opportunity to participate in procedures on a limited basis but the degree of participation will vary.
  • Students will gain experience in conducting physical examinations on a variety of nondomestic species particularly hoofstock.
  • Students will be able to observe the anesthesia of captive wildlife under various conditions as well as a variety of capture and restraint methods.
  • Students will be exposed to the Daninject and Telinject remote delivery systems including dart and field procedure safety.
  • Students will gain experience in monitoring anesthesia.
  • Students may have the opportunity to collect blood samples and perform minor procedures such as endotracheal intubation and catheter placement.
  • Students are encouraged to take notes, keep a daily activity log, and ask questions.
  • Students should assist the RVTs as needed.
  • Students should make good use of nonclinical time and are expected to read related materials and work on their project or case report when not involved with procedures.
  • A reading list will be provided.
  • Students should review medical records on cases before animal procedures or treatment modifications are performed if time allows.
  • Students should become familiar with field immobilization protocols and safety.
  • Students will also be responsible for completing a project or case report and giving a presentation to the staff prior to successfully completing the externship. All topics must be approved in advance.
  • Each student will be assigned a primary mentor during their externship but should have the opportunity to work with all the clinical veterinarians. The resident will serve as the primary mentor unless otherwise specified.
  • The student should ask questions and initiate discussion when an unfamiliar disease, procedure, or species is encountered.

Resident’s responsibilities

 
  • The resident will serve as the primary mentor for senior veterinary students unless otherwise specified.
  • The resident will be expected to share their office with the student(s).
  • The resident will assist with student orientation and mentoring.
  • The resident will ensure student participation in journal club and will provide them with the necessary reading material.
  • The resident will have primary responsibility for completing medical records.

Clinician’s responsibilities

 
  • The duty veterinarian will present available cases for student participation on a daily basis. The clinician responsible for each case will mentor the student and will also determine the extent of student involvement in each case.
  • Field procedures should be emphasized as this experience is unique to the WAP.
  • The clinicians should encourage student participation during rounds by asking questions and challenging the students.
  • If assigned as a primary mentor, the clinician should help facilitate the student’s orientation and introduction to the WAP clinical practice.
  • The clinician will have primary responsibility for completing medical records.

Reading List for the WAP Externship

 
  • Complete as much of this list as possible, focusing on relevant topics that correspond to current cases.
  • Selected chapters from Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 5th Edition: 10 (Ratites), 14 (Ciconiiformes), 15 (Phoenicopteriformes), 17 (Anseriformes), 18 (Falconiformes), 19 (Galliformes), 20 (Gruiformes), 21 (Columbiformes), 22 (Psittaciformes), 26 (Musophagiformes), 30 (Coraciiformes), 32 (Passeriformes), 39 (Great Apes), 48 (Felidae), 53 (Proboscidea), 55 (Rhinoceridae), 57 (Equidae), 61 (Giraffidae, 62 (Cervidae), 63 (Bovidae), 64 (Sheep and Goats)
  • Selected Chapters from Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine 4
  • Selected chapters from Parasitic Diseases of Wild Mammals, 2nd Edition: 1 (Lice), 4 (Ticks), 8 (GI Strongyles in Wild Ruminants), 16 (Enteric Protozoans)
  • Selected chapters from Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals, 2nd Edition: 3 (Blue Tongue and EHD), 7 (Herpesvirus), 21 (Mycobacterial Diseases), 22 (Brucellosis)
  • The Capture and Care Manual: Read pertinent material based on your WAP experience
  • Selected Chapters from Farming Wapiti and Red Deer: 4 (Antlers)
 

Project Ideas 

  • Species-specific reviews: Summarize the husbandry, anesthesia, morbidity, mortality, and preventive medicine. Use WAP medical records and current literature.
  • Interesting or complex case study with relevant clinical information. 
    Daily Schedule (May change as needed)

    Day

    Week 6:15-6:45 6:45-8:00 8:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-2:00 2:30-3:30 3:30-4:30
    MON 1 
     

    2

    3

    4

    Welcome, tour 

    Treatments

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    Rounds 
     

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    Procedures 
     

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    Lunch, HR 
     

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    WED 1 

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    Procedures and  staff presentation

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    THURS 1 

    2

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    FRI 1 
     

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Yulee, FL 32097 USA

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