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 Externship Opportunities - Arizona



Phoenix Zoo



455 North Galvin Parkway









United States


Zip Code



Primary Contact

Kristen Phair, DVM, DACZM


Position (of Contact)

Director of Veterinary Services





Email Address





Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

In collaboration with Midwestern University Veterinary School's zoological medicine rotation, Phoenix Zoo is offering a 4-week externship program in zoological medicine for senior veterinary students in their final clinical year. The extern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at Phoenix Zoo. This will include daily rounds, preventative medicine examinations, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. The extern 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. 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.




Allied Institution

Midwestern University Veterinary School



See above. 



4 weeks


Application Requests

Student applicants should have a strong interest in zoological medicine and conservation. Proof of rabies vaccination and a negative tuberculin skin test within 6 months of the start date are required. Prior experience working with exotic species is preferable, but not required. Excellent work ethic, communication skills, and a positive, team-oriented attitude are expected. Externs are expected to find their own housing accommodations and transportation during their stay in Phoenix. This is a competitive position and applicants are encouraged to apply far in advance (ideally during their second year of veterinary school). To apply, please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional references along with your on-line application. The on-line application can be found at under the “Current Openings” tab. Please have references send letters of recommendation directly to The application period is rolling and externship positions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for applicants that meet the above criteria. Please contact Dr. Kristen Phair at with any questions. 


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

Taken continuously


Application Deadline

Taken continuously


Class Standing

Final year of veterinary school (4th year)






Externs are expected to find their own housing accommodations during their stay.



Externs are expected to find their own transportation during their stay.



Not covered



Not covered


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of rabies vaccination and a negative tuberculin skin test within 6 months of the start date area required. 


Does program accept International applicants?



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