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Position (of Contact)
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
The Houston Zoo is seeking a Veterinary Student Intern for our Houston Toad Conservation Program for the summer of 2014. This is an opportunity to work with one of the most endangered amphibians in the United States. Applicants that have completed one to two years of veterinary education and have an interest in non-domestic or zoo animal medicine are preferred. The successful candidate will participate in the husbandry of captive Houston toads and work with zoo veterinarians and conservation biologists to design, implement, and complete a research project relating to the Houston toad program.
o Potential project topics include but are not limited to pathology and disease surveillance/reporting, reproduction, or standardized health assessments of captive Houston toads.
General Job Description: • Routine husbandry of Houston toads including feeding, cleaning, and record keeping to get baseline knowledge of husbandry and toad biology. • Potential participation in hormone-assisted captive propagation program. • Once familiarized with program, selection of a research project of interest, design and implementation of project. o Potential project topics include but are not limited to pathology and disease surveillance/reporting, reproduction, or standardized health assessments of captive Houston toads. o Mentorship and supervision will be available but the success of the research project will be dependent primarily on the Houston Toad Veterinary Intern. o A motivated intern with a solid project has the potential to turn this research into a peer-reviewed publication.
Summer Position, approx 12 weeks
Contact Dr. Lauren Howard, Associate Veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, for information and details on applying: firstname.lastname@example.org, office: (713) 533 6630.
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
Applications accepted January to April yearly
Applicants that have completed one to two years of veterinary education and have an interest in non-domestic or zoo animal medicine are preferred.
costs incurred by research project will be covered by the Houston Zoo
Does program accept International applicants?
Last Date Edited
Anneke Moresco spent the last year doing post doctoral work at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Anneke and colleagues participated in a conservation and reproduction project for the black-footed cat in South Africa. See the spotlight HERE. Photo credit Dr. Alex Sliwa (curator at the Cologne zoo)