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Institution

Dallas Zoo


 Address

650 South R. L. Thornton Frwy


 City

Dallas


 State/Province

TX


 Country

United States


 Zip Code

75203


 Primary Contact

Dianna Lydick, BS, RVT, VTS (Zoo)


 Position (of Contact)

Hospital Manager


 Phone


 Email Address

dianna.lydick@dallaszoo.com


 Fax


 Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The Dallas Zoo is the largest Zoological Park in Texas, located just three (3) miles from downtown Dallas. The zoo consists of approximately 450 species with extensive ungulate, avian and reptilian collections. Students will be introduced to all aspects of Zoological medicine including: husbandry, restraint/immobilization, basic medical procedure techniques; preventative medicine that includes quarantine, post-mortem examinations, and electronic recordkeeping. Students will work with hospital staff composed of three (3) veterinarians (with 1 Dipl. ACZM) five (5) veterinary technicians and three (3) hospital keepers as well as husbandry staff throughout the zoo. International students are welcome.


 Research

Completion of a project that is presented to staff is required


 Allied Institution

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park


 Responsibilities

Students should expect to work 5-7 days per week, for 8-10 hours per day. Students are required to participate in all aspects of zoo medicine at the Dallas Zoo, including reviewing medical records, assisting with case management, post-mortem examinations, preventative medicine, treatments of hospitalized/quarantined animals, record entry, and laboratory results interpretation.


 Duration

Minimum of four (4) weeks, maximum of eight (8) weeks


 Application Requests

Letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, 3 Reference contacts


 If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Taken continuously


 Application Deadline

Application 12 months prior to desired time period is recommended.


 Class Standing

Final year of veterinary program; previous completion of medicine, surgery and pathology rotations is preferred.


 Compensation

None


 Housing

None provided, however there are possibilities of rental through Dallas Zoo staff, but none guaranteed


 Transportation

None available, although the Zoo is conveniently located on the DART light rail line


 Insurance

Students are responsible for their own


 Expenses

Lodging/travel


 TB Tests/Vaccinations

TB test required within 60 days of start. Tetanus and rabies vaccinations must be current. Hepatitis B vaccine recommended


 Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


 Misc. Information

For International Applicants you must have a reasonable proficiency with written and spoken English both conversationally as well as with veterinary medical terminology. International students are responsible for acquiring the appropriate Visa.


 Last Date Edited

7/2016

 

 

Institution Name: El Paso Zoo (NOT TAKING EXTERNS AT THIS TIME)
Address: 4001 E Paisano Dr.
City, State: El Paso, Texas
Zip: 79905
State Abb: TX
Contact: Dr. Victoria Milne
Position (of contact): Zoo Veterinarian
Phone: 915-521-1890
EMAIL: milneve@elpasotexas.gov
FAX: 915-521-1887
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program): Students will receive hands-on exposure to clinical techniques, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, quarantine, preventative medicine, nutrition, medical record keeping, and laboratory methods for a variety of exotic terrestrial and aquatic mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
Research: Students may assist in research projects in progress during their tenure or they may submit an in-house research proposal for a small project to be completed during their course of study.  In-house funding is available on a competitive basis.
Allied Institutions: The El Paso Zoo maintains a close working relationship with a local animal emergency center that provides after-hours care to a variety of domestic and exotic species.  Interested students may meet with the practitioners upon arrival to determine if an additional course of study is mutually beneficial.  Work experience in the emergency clinic is NOT contingent on acceptance to the zoo’s study program. 
Responsibilities: The student will have a wide range of responsibilities, based upon skill level and interest.  Minimally, each student will be expected to participate in medical procedures, assist in administering animal treatments, updating medical records, caring for quarantined and hospitalized animals, and rotate through commissary and keeper areas.  Students are expected to work a standard 40-hour workweek and be available for after-hours procedures or treatments as needed.
Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks, maximum of 12 weeks.
Application Requests:  Letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, and two (2) letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student’s clinical experience.
Application Deadline: Accepted students are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Final confirmation required a minimum of 4 weeks prior to start of externship period.
Class Standing: Third or fourth year veterinary students.
Compensation: No compensation is available at this time.
Housing: None provided.  Furnished apartments are available for weekly or monthly leases in El Paso.  Phone numbers for these establishments are provided upon request.
Transportation: None provided.  The City of El Paso maintains a public transportation system, with a bus stop outside the zoo’s front gate.  Insurance: Work-related injuries are covered by the El Paso Zoological Society.
Expenses: None.
TB test/ Vaccinations: Negative skin tuberculin test is required within 6 months of start date.  Proof of tetanus toxoid and rabies prophylaxis must be provided with application, and hepatitis A&B vaccinations are recommended.
Misc: Bordering Mexico and New Mexico, the city of El Paso offers a wide variety of parks, museums and other extracurricular activities, and is within a short driving distance from the Lincoln National Forest, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and other natural treasures.  For more information about the El Paso Zoo, please visit our website at www.elpasozoo.org.  To learn more about the City of El Paso and see links for local attractions and recreation, go to www.elpasotexas.gov. 
Last updated 9/2009

 

 

 

Institution:

Fort Worth Zoo (Spanish Translation)

Address:

1989 Colonial Parkway

City:

Fort Worth

State/Province:

Texas

Country:

United States of America

Zip Code:

76110

Primary Contact:

Dr. Carlos R Sanchez

Position (of Contact):

Senior Associate Veterinarian

Phone:

(817) 759-7128

Email:

csanchez@fortworthzoo.org

Fax:

(817) 759-7132

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

The Fort Worth Zoo is a nationally ranked facility, housing nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals including an extraordinary reptile and amphibian collection on its state of the art new building, the Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The zoo also houses a large diversity of avian species, non-human primates, mega-vertebrates and large carnivores. Students will be exposed to all aspects of Zoological medicine and husbandry including: chemical and physical immobilization, diagnosis and treatment of ongoing clinical cases, clinical pathology, post-mortem examinations, surgery and all features of a zoo based preventative medicine program including quarantine. The hospital staff includes 3 full time veterinarians, 3 veterinary technicians and 2 hospital keepers. Students with special interest in comparative ophthalmology are encouraged to apply as one of the veterinarians is a Diplomate of the ACVO. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the Fort Worth Zoo’s Nutrition Department a leader in the field of zoo animal nutrition.

Research:

The completion of a short preceptor project or clinical case presentation is required. Research opportunities may be available in selected cases.

Allied Institutions:

Turtle Survival Alliance

Responsibilities:

The student will be required to participate in all facets of the medical program at the Fort Worth Zoo including record review and updating of medical records, medical care (diagnostics, laboratory results interpretation and treatment) of ongoing clinical cases, literature reviews and post-mortem examinations

Duration:

Minimum of 6 weeks, Maximum of 8 weeks

Application Requests:

1) One page cover letter explaining your long-term career goals as well as your interest in zoological medicine. 2) Curriculum vitae or Resume 3) A list of three possible time slots, in order of preference (this can be incorporated in the cover letter) 4) Two letters of reference 5) Veterinary college academic transcript or an official letter stating GPA and enrollment status. Submit electronically a complete application to csanchez@fortworthzoo.org

At what date will this position next be available?

Positions open continuously

Application Deadline:

Ongoing but recommended to apply 1 to 1 ½ years in advance

Class Standing:

Our externship is offered to fourth year veterinary students (or third year veterinary students already on clinical rotations) at US vet schools or last year veterinary students from non-US veterinary school with a serious interest in zoological/wildlife medicine only

Compensation:

None

Housing:

None provided but possible to assist student on finding inexpensive housing options

Transportation:

Student responsible for their own. Free parking next to the veterinary hospital

Insurance:

Students are responsible for their own insurance

Expenses:

Travel and lodging

TB Test/Vaccinations:

Required to have documentation of TB test within the previous 12 months. Rabies, tetanus and hepatitis B vaccination prior to starting are strongly recommended. Without rabies vaccine the student may not be able to participate in certain procedures.

Program accepts International applicants?

Yes

Misc. Information:

Latin-American veterinary students are encouraged to apply (Refer to description of the program in Spanish*). Students from non-English speaking countries will have to demonstrate English proficiency via standardized test (IELTS, TOEFL, and First Certificate) or a phone/Skype interview in English.

Last date edited:

6/2013

 

 

    

 

Institution:

Gladys Porter Zoo

Address:

500 Ringgold Street

City:

Brownsville

State/Province:

Texas

Country:

USA

Zip Code:

78520

Primary Contact:

Thomas deMaar, DVM

Position (of Contact):

Senior Veterinarian

Phone:

956-546-0044

Email:

tdemaar@gpz.org

Fax:

956-546-5703

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

A wide variety of experiences including all aspects of zoological veterinary medicine. This includes performing and assisting in the examination, diagnostics, imaging, surgery, immobilization, sample collection, anesthesia and necropsy of any zoo animals as needed. Medical records will be kept using MedARKS. Our collection includes a wide variety of rare hoofstock, reptiles, many primates, great apes, birds, and a small aquarium. We also work as the sole provider of medical care and rehabilitation for wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley, and we are the attending veterinarians for Sea Turtles Inc.

Research:

Project or clinical case presentation required for successful completion of externship.

Allied Institutions:

Sea Turtles Inc. (seaturtleinc.com), Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Responsibilities:

Students should be prepared to assist in all aspects of daily veterinary work in a zoo setting. Students are expected to be punctual, enthusiastic, self motivated, and adequately prepared to contribute to the success of the health care of the animals in our collection. Students will be expected to assist with medical records keeping, research as needed and the treatments of hospitalized and quarantined animals.

Duration:

6-8 weeks

Application Requests:

Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Two Professional References

Application Deadline:

Revolving; recommend six months in advance of externship date.

Class Standing:

3rd or 4th year Veterinary Student

Compensation:

None provided

Housing:

None provided

Transportation:

None provided; students are strongly encouraged to have their own transportation.

Insurance:

Student should have their own insurance.

Expenses:

Students should be prepared to pay for food and transportation.

TB Test/Vaccinations:

TB test required within twelve months of externship, Rabies vaccination strongly recommended. Tetanus vaccination required within last 5 years.

Does program accept International applicants?:

Yes

Misc. Information:

Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley are very interesting places to live and work; visit Brownsville.org. We are very close to both South Padre Island, TX and Mexico and the weather is warm year-round. The Gladys Porter Zoo is a well-respected AZA accredited zoo with an excellent reputation and an exciting animal collection; visit our website at gpz.org

Last date edited.:

11/2010

 

  

  

Institution

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center



Address

2155 County Road 2008



City

Glen Rose



State/Province

Texas



Country

USA



Zip Code

76043



Primary Contact

Julie Swenson, DVM, DACZM



Position (of Contact)

Associate Veterinarian



Phone

(254) 898-4234



Email Address

julies@fossilrim.org



Fax

(254) 897-3785



Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Fossil Rim’s veterinary preceptorship is designed to provide experience in nondomestic animal medicine with a focus on the application of veterinary medical principles to semi-free ranging species and conservation medicine. Students will participate as part of the veterinary team, which oversees the veterinary care and management of 1,000+ specimens of over 40 species held at a 1,700 acre facility, including semi free-ranging hoofstock, carnivores, and birds. A small education collection including several invertebrate and reptile species is also present. 



Research

Students are exposed to ongoing research in the areas of reproductive sciences, nutrition, and health through Fossil Rim and via collaboration with other institutions. Individual research projects for students are possible, and submission of a topic for presentation at an AAZV conference is encouraged. However, these may be difficult due to student time constraints and as such, if desired, should be discussed early on in the rotation to confirm appropriate time exists for the scope of the project.



Allied Institution

N/A



Responsibilities

Students will be responsible for assisting with case management, pathology, preventative medicine, rounds discussions, record keeping and special projects if time permits. Students will also be encouraged to research a topic for a short presentation to the animal care staff. 



Duration

6 to 8 week commitments are considered ideal



Application Requests

Letter of intent, CV, a list of three references for contact, and a prioritized list of three 6 to 8 week blocks of time which would be feasible for you. Please submit these via the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Website at http://fossilrim.org/career.php#op-98921-animal-health-veterinary-preceptorship



If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Applications taken continuously



Application Deadline

Revolving admission. Openings are typically filled approximately 9 months to one year in advance.



Class Standing

Clinical year preferred.



Compensation

A stipend may be available depending on funding. Please see the website for more information. 



Housing

Group intern housing is provided on-site.



Transportation

On-site transportation is provided. A vehicle is useful for personal use off grounds, but not required.



Insurance

Insurance for work-related injuries provided by the center.



Expenses

Primary expenses involve travel to and from Fossil Rim and living expenses while here (i.e.: food, entertainment, etc.).



TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of negative TB test, a negative drug test, and up-to-date rabies vaccination is required prior to entry into this program.



Does program accept International applicants?

Yes



Misc. Information

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers a unique experience to work with captive wildlife in a naturalistic environment. The majority of the hoofstock housed in the collection are housed in semi-free ranging conditions over the 1700 acres of the park, allowing for herd management and field immobilizations to be common principles here at Fossil Rim. This allows veterinary students to participate in slightly different aspects of zoological medicine than are found in traditional zoo externships. In addition, the facility focuses on propagation and care of several endangered species including Black Rhino, Cheetah, and Attwater’s prairie chickens, as well as many others. Please see our website for additional information on our institution (www.fossilrim.org) and to apply for this position (http://fossilrim.org/career.php#op-98921-animal-health-veterinary-preceptorship). For any additional questions, please contact Dr. Swenson at julies@fossilrim.org.



Last Date Edited

9/2016

 

 

Institution

Houston Zoo, Inc.


Address

1513 Cambridge St.


City

Houston


State/Province

Texas


Country

USA


Zip Code

77030


Primary Contact

Angelina Fontenot


Position (of Contact)

Hospital manager


Phone

713-533-6734


Email Address

afontenot@houstonzoo.org


Fax

713-533-6764


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

To acquaint senior veterinary students and visiting veterinarians with the practice of zoo and wildlife medicine including treatment and handling of non-domestic species, diseases, diagnostic procedures and philosophies.


Research

Minimal


Allied Institution

N/A


Responsibilities

Course objectives: 1. To be acquainted and involved in the clinical evaluation of cases (from diagnostic workup to treatment). 2. To perform laboratory procedures involving hematology and parasitology and evaluate results (cbc, chemistries, parasite identification). 3. To understand therapeutics, drug choices, treatment regimes and dosages. 4. To understand and use the various diagnostic tools e.g. ultrasonography, radiology, laparoscopy. 5. To familiarize with sampling methods and sample handling: e.g. blood collection, cytology, urine collection. 6. To familiarize with capture and restraint equipment. 7. To practice necropsies including collection of diagnostic samples. 8. To present a presentation on a topic related to zoo medicine. 


Duration

4-8 weeks preferred


Application Requests

Please submit a letter of intention, resume/curriculum vitae, and 2-3 letters of reference (zoo/exotic practioners preferred) to: Angelina Fontenot Clinic phone: (713)533-6734 Houston Zoo Animal Hospital Fax: (713)533-6764 1513 N Cambridge Email: afontenot@houstonzoo.org Houston, TX 77030


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Taken continuously


Application Deadline

October 31st of each year


Class Standing

N/A


Compensation

None


Housing

None


Transportation

None


Insurance

None


Expenses

None


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of current rabies vaccination, PPD-TB test (within the last 6 months) and tetanus toxoid vaccination. Hepatitis B vaccination is optional.


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information

For international applicants, a phone conversation to assess English proficiency will be done with foreign student for which English is not the first language; this is to assure that you will have a good time and learn from us. Background information will be checked with your application. Our dress code allows earrings but no other facial jewelry (ex: nose ring, eyebrow ring). These may be removed or covered with bandage material.


Last Date Edited

8/2016

 

 

Institution

Texas State Aquarium


Address

2710 North Shoreline


City

Corpus Christi


State/Province

Texas


Country

United States


Zip Code

78402


Primary Contact

Ann Vlach


Position (of Contact)

Volunteer Coordinator


Phone

3618811381


Email Address

avlach@txstateaq.org


Fax

3618811257


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Experience will include animal handling, diagnostic procedures and sampling, processing lab samples, and medicating patients. Opportunity for hands-on involvement will vary according to prior experience as well as demonstrated knowledge and skills. Patients will be both collection animals and sick/injured/orphaned wildlife brought into our rehab facility. 


Research

n/a


Allied Institution

n/a


Responsibilities

Specific duties would be to assist the veterinarian in all aspects of animal care, medicine, and surgery. This will include animal handling, diagnostic procedures and sampling, processing lab samples, and medicating patients


Duration

Hours per week: 40 hours/week Number of weeks: varies, typically 3 to 8 weeks to be determined by Vet and applying extern 


Application Requests


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?


Application Deadline

Applications are taken continuously


Class Standing

Final year student enrolled in accredited College of Veterinary Medicine


Compensation

Not provided


Housing

Not provided


Transportation

Not provided


Insurance

Provided


Expenses

n/a


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Hepatitis B vaccine/waiver required


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information


Last Date Edited

7/2016

 

Institution Name: SeaWorld San Antonio
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