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Internship Available at Phoenix Zoo


Phoenix Zoo

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)

455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Primary Contact

Kristen Phair, DVM, DACZM

Primary Contact Email, Phone


Number of Positions Available


Matching Program?


On what date will this position next be available?

July 1st of each year

Application Deadline

Match (VIRMP) deadline

Application should include

Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Experience Required

One year post-graduate general internship

Accept International Applicants



$30,000/year; health insurance, continuing education funding

Length of Commitment/Start Date

1 year; July 1st- June 30th

Program Description

Phoenix Zoo is offering a one-year internship program in zoological medicine for graduate veterinarians. The intern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at the Phoenix Zoo. This will include daily rounds, preventative medicine examinations, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. The intern 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. Interns are expected to make great efforts to submit at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Interns will also participate in extensive communication with all levels of animal care staff to carry out diagnostic and treatment plans. Phoenix Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution situated on 125 acres of land, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the United States, caring for more than 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened or endangered species. 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 Completion of a DVM or equivalent degree. Graduation from an AVMA accredited veterinary school or eligibility to apply for a veterinary license in the United States. One year of post-graduate internship experience in either a small or large animal clinical setting is required. Applicants should have a strong interest in zoological medicine and conservation. A negative tuberculin skin test within 6 months of the start date is required. Proof of rabies vaccination, negative drug test, and a valid driver’s license are required. Excellent work ethic, communication skills, and a positive, team-oriented attitude are expected. Interns are expected to find their own housing accommodations and transportation during their stay in Phoenix. To apply, please submit an application through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) website ( A letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation are required. Please see the VIRMP or AAZV website listing for the internship for further details. Please contact Dr. Kristen Phair ( with any questions.

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