Externship Opportunities - Maryland
501 E. Pratt St.
Dr. Christine Higbie
Position (of Contact)
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
This veterinary preceptorship/externship opportunity is specifically designed for students with an interest in aquatic and zoo animal medicine. Students spend five to eight weeks working in the Animal Health Department and are exposed to the multi-faceted nature of veterinary practice in a large public aquarium with over 15,000 animals. Preceptors gain experience with preventative and clinical medicine life support systems, and communication with husbandry staff. The majority of the case load consists of reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. The aquarium also manages bottlenose dolphins and small populations of tamarins, fruit bats, and sloths. Hands-on experience is provided wherever possible but is dependent on the experience or speed of learning of the student and comfort level of the staff. Preceptors are also asked to attend clinical rounds, present at informal journal rounds, and work on a quiz and presentation. Preceptors are shown routine clinical laboratory tests and necropsy protocols and are expected to then carry out these as necessary. They are expected to help maintain timely and accurate medical records. Applicants should be in their clinical training years (generally 4th year, occasionally 3rd year).
No formal research but students will be given a small retrospective project or review topic to research and present to staff.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University
Maintain medical records, produce a talk, assist in setting up and cleaning up after procedures, assist in procedures, complete necropsies including ancillary testing (such as cytology), complete a quiz, participate in zoo-board based journal rounds, and demonstrate independent learning ability.
Interested students should contact us for the application packet. Information requested includes but may not be limited to cover letter, CV, references, veterinary school transcript, proof of negative TB status and rabies vaccination.
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
Applications taken continuously
Discounted parking available through our volunteer program.
Students are covered under Aquarium volunteer program policy.
Proof of negative TB and rabies vaccination.
Does program accept International applicants?
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