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Internship Available at Phoenix Zoo


Phoenix Zoo -Veterinary Internship

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

455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Primary Contact

Kristen Phair, DVM, DACZM

Primary Contact Email, Phone


Number of Positions Available


Matching Program?


On what date will this position next be available?

July 1st of each year

Application Deadline

December 1st of year prior to start date

Application should include

Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference

Experience Required

One-year post-graduate general internship

Accept International Applicants



$30,000/year; health insurance, continuing education funding

Length of Commitment/Start Date

1 year; July 1stJune 30th

Program Description

The Phoenix Zoo is offering a one-year internship program in zoological medicine for graduate veterinarians. The intern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at the Phoenix Zoo. This will include daily rounds, preventative medicine examinations, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. The intern will also be expected to assist with daily care and maintenance of animals and the hospital, including medical treatments, laboratory submissions, and medical record keeping. Interns are expected to make great efforts to submit at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Interns will also participate in extensive communication with all levels of animal care staff to carry out diagnostic and treatment plans. The Phoenix Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution situated on 125 acres of land, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The collection consists of more than 1,400 animals including more than 80 species of mammals, 120 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles, and 70 species of amphibians, invertebrates, and fish. The full service veterinary hospital is staffed by two full-time veterinarians, one full-time veterinary intern, two full-time certified veterinary technicians, one full-time hospital keeper, one part-time hospital keeper, and an administrative assistant. Completion of a DVM or equivalent degree. Graduation from an AVMA accredited veterinary school or eligibility to apply for a veterinary license in the United States. One year of post-graduate internship experience in either a small or large animal clinical setting is required. Applicants should have a strong interest in zoological medicine and conservation. A negative tuberculin skin test within 6 months of the start date is required. Proof of rabies vaccination, negative drug test, and a valid driver’s license are required. Excellent work ethic, communication skills, and a positive, team-oriented attitude are expected. To apply, please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference via email. Letters of reference should come directly from reference’s email address rather than through the applicant. Material should be submitted to Dr. Kristen Phair, The deadline for application submission is December 1st of each year.

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