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Exotic Animal, Wildlife & Zoological Medicine Internship Description

The exotic animal, wildlife and zoological medicine 1-yr internship emphasizes clinical training in basic and advanced principles of zoological medicine and surgery. The clinical work is approximately distributed as follows: 45% avian, 35% mammals (incl primates), 15% reptiles (incl venomous), and 5% fish/amphibians/invertebrates. There will also be opportunities to participate in clinical research, and publications in peer-review scientific journals or other veterinary periodicals are encouraged. Past interns of this program have been successful at achieving residency/zoo placements. This program is also accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an approved center for specialist training in zoological medicine.

A typical day starts at 7.30am and finishes around 6.00-7.00pm, but is dependent upon case load. The exotic animal, wildlife and zoological medicine service consists of two faculty members boarded in zoological medicine, one intern, one full time technician, three part-time assistants and 2-5 senior students taking the elective zoological medicine rotation. Interns are encouraged to attend a national or international conference, as well as college or university seminars or special lectures throughout the year. The intern will work under the supervision of senior faculty members and will be responsible for:

  1. participating in the daily activities of the medical service of the hospital including primary case responsibilities and case rounds;
  2. participating in weekly visits to a local zoo, nature center, or aviary;
  3. providing assistance in instruction and supervision of senior veterinary students assigned to hospital duty;
  4. providing supervision to the wildlife treatment service;
  5. providing emergency weekend and night-time care for all species seen by the small animal teaching hospital (i.e. exotics and domestic dogs/cats) on a rotating basis with the other small animal medicine interns;
  6. participating in the annual visit to the Georgia Southern University Raptor Center; and
  7. presenting one 45-minute seminar to the College.

In addition, funds are available through the Pamela de Journo Endowment Fund for an intern research project. Grant proposal, animal use proposal, and research project development will be encouraged under faculty mentorship.

This is a non-degree graduate student program leading to an official University Certificate of Internship. Tuition for this graduate program is $25/semester. However, a one time application fee of $50 and student fees of approximately $460 each fall and spring/semester and approximately $270 for summer semester are required and are the responsibility of the individual. Professional liability insurance is provided, but health insurance and parking expenses (approx $360/year) are the responsibility of the individual. Ten days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave are available.

Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English (foreign graduates where the primary language is not English must provide TOEFL scores. All applicants must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in their country of origin by the commencement date of the internship (July).

Preference will be given to candidates that can fulfill the following:

  1. 2 years of practice experience in small animal/exotic or zoo animal medicine, or completion of a 1-year small animal rotating internship. General clinical competency is essential.
  2. Previous veterinary experience at a US institution with a reference from the supervising veterinarian (e.g. externships at US veterinary hospitals, zoos, or private practices). An externship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia can be arranged.
  3. Excellent academic record and previous veterinary publications. Submission of a class rank helps in the evaluation of non-US veterinary graduates.

The successful candidate will be licensed to practice within the College of Veterinary Medicine by virtue of a faculty license. The faculty license permits veterinarians from non-AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited vet schools to practice within the internship program of the hospital, and may be obtained without examination. [To obtain a regular Georgia state license, one must be a graduate of an AVMA-accredited institution or have completed the requirements of the ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, program of the AVMA, and take the Georgia State Board examination. The internship cannot be used to satisfy the clinical evaluation portion of the ECFVG because of the licensure requirements.]

International applicants are required to provide two official/certified copies of their academic records from each institution of higher education that the applicant has attended. These records must include all course work. Photocopies are not acceptable. Separate proof of degrees is also required. If the original language of the academic record is not English, a certified English translation must be attached to the original. Applicants who graduated from a non-English language veterinary school must submit official TOEFL scores (see for details). These scores must not be more than two years old. Foreign applicants that have completed a year of academic study in the US can provide a university transcript in lieu of TOEFL scores. Foreign applicants must also consider application and processing time for visas well ahead of the start date.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs or activities.

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