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Jan Ramer, DVM, Diplomate ACZM
Position (of Contact)
Director of Conservation Medicine/Staff Veterinarian
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
Conservation medicine/One Health principles, preventive medicine, clinical medicine and management of hoofstock (giraffe, rhino, antelope, cervids, bovids, equids, camelids), carnivores (cheetah, African painted dogs, dholes), program animals (serval, skunk, sloth, opossum, reptiles and amphibians). Large herd management in semi free-ranging conditions will be emphasized. Other areas of emphasis may include disease ecology, reproductive physiology, One Health, native wildlife health.
Participation in ongoing research is possible. Independent projects wil be considered on a case by case basis.
Students are encouraged to become actively involved in procedures ranging from basic animal management to field immobilization procedures and associated laboratory techniques. The preceptor will assist in the daily management of all animals, including the evaluation and treatment of any clinical cases. This participation involves assisting with chemical and physical restraint procedures, becoming familiar with drug usage and dosages, maintaining records (both written and ZIMS), becoming familiar with equipment and drug delivery systems, and performing post-mortem examinations. Students develop proficiency in current in-house laboratory procedures such as parasite diagnostic techniques and are expected to assist with various routine duties such as the upkeep of instruments, equipment, and the clinic area.
6 - 8 week blocks
Students should submit an application packet containing the following: (1) letter of intent, 300 words or less, (2) resume/CV, (3) two letters of recommendation, a letter endorsed by the Dean’s office of their veterinary school stating that the student has at least a 3.0 GPA, and (4) a prioritized list of three 6 to 8 week blocks of time. Please include appropriate contact information so that we may easily reach you. Applications are typically accepted a year in advance.
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
4th year veterinary students
On-site shared housing is required and costs $75.00/ week.
Students must provide their own transportaion.
Students must provide their own health and driving insurance.
Students are responsible for all expenses.
Students must show proof of negative TB test and current protective rabies titer or proof of recent booster vaccination.
Does program accept International applicants?
The Wilds is situated on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface-mined land in southeastern Ohio. We are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support conservation through innovative education, breeding and research programs that emphasize the protection and intensive management of our wildlife resources.
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)