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Amphibian Veterinary Conservation Research Zoo Internship: Houston Toads
Institution
Houston Zoo Inc.

Address
1513 Cambridge St

City
Houston

State/Province
Texas

Country
USA

Zip Code
77030

Primary Contact
Dr. Maryanne Tocidlowski

Position (of Contact)
Staff Veterinarian

Phone
713-533-6632

Email Address
mtocidlowski@houstonzoo.org

Fax
713-533-6764

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
Amphibian Veterinary Conservation Research Zoo Internship: Houston Toads (for 1-2nd year veterinary students)

Research

Allied Institution

Responsibilities
The Houston Zoo is seeking a Veterinary Student Intern for our Houston Toad Conservation Program. This is an opportunity to work with one of the most endangered amphibians in the United States through a unique recovery partnership with the Zoo’s herpetology department, veterinary department, field partners, and USFWS. More information about the zoo’s efforts in saving the Houston toad can be found on our website at: http://www.houstonzoo.org/saving-wildlife/texas-conservation/houston-toad/The successful candidate will participate in the husbandry and medical care 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 recovery program. AGENDA • Routine husbandry of Houston toads including feeding, cleaning, and record keeping to get baseline knowledge of husbandry and toad biology. • Pathology, including: gross necropsy, sample collection, report writing, histopath review. • Participate in continuing education opportunities including zoo journal club meetings, mentor topics, and possible local veterinary CE. • Potential participation in hormone-assisted captive propagation program. • Possible opportunities for shadowing the veterinarians on clinical zoo rounds. • 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; 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.

Duration
10-12 weeks (May-August)

Application Requests
To apply, visit http://www.houstonzoo.org/internship/ and complete an application for the Vet Student Internship. For additional information, contact Dr. Maryanne Tocidlowski, Dipl. ACZM, Staff Veterinarian at the Houston Zoo: mtocidlowski@houstonzoo.org. Application questions can be directed to volunteer@houstonzoo.org

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

Application Deadline
Dec 1-Mar 1

Class Standing

Compensation
None

Housing
None

Transportation
None

Insurance
None

Expenses
$55 on-boarding fee

TB Tests/Vaccinations
Negative TB test within a year of participation

Does program accept International applicants?
Yes

Misc. Information
REQUIREMENTS • Applicants should have completed one to two years of veterinary education and have an interest in non-domestic or zoo animal medicine and conservation • Pay a one-time $55 fee to offset the cost of your on-boarding and uniform if accepted into the internship program (this cost may be higher for international applicants) • A negative TB test must be provided and valid for the entire internship • Minimum of 200 hours during summer months (hour breakdown per week can be discussed) • Weekly meetings with veterinarian Dr. Maryanne Tocidlowski to go over progress, trouble shoot, re-direct, etc. • Mid-term and final evaluations • Research project and presentation to staff with potential for publication

Last Date Edited
11/2/2017
 
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