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Residency Available at UW/Milwaukee Zoo/ICF
University of Wisconsin-Madison/Milwaukee County Zoological Park/International Crane Foundation

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Primary Contact
Dr. Kurt Sladky; Dr. Christy Rettenmund; Dr. Christoph Mans; Dr. Vickie Clyde

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available

Matching Program?

On what date will this position next be available?
July 15, 2020

Application Deadline
Please follow VIRMP guidelines

Application should include
Please follow the VIRMP guidelines; a current CV; University transcripts; veterinary school GPA and class rank; letter of intent; and 3-4 letters of reference

Experience Required
Minimum of 1 year post-graduate experience (preferably an internship)

Accept International Applicants

Minimum of $29,000 plus benefits

Length of Commitment/Start Date
3 years

Program Description
The Zoological Medicine program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM), in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Zoo (MCZ) and International Crane Foundation (ICF), offers a post-graduate residency training program in zoological medicine, which is compliant with the standards of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). The objective of the program is to provide clinical training, research, and teaching experience in all aspects of Zoological Medicine, including zoological companion species, captive zoo species, and free-ranging wildlife species. The primary goal of the residency program is to fulfill the residency training requirements of the ACZM and to prepare the candidate for the specialty board certification examination administered by the ACZM. The resident starting this program in 2020 will join two other Zoological Medicine Residents and one Zoological Companion Animal Resident, and will receive training across a wide range of species through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to Zoological Medicine. The resident will be supervised and trained by seven senior clinicians, including five Diplomates of the ACZM, amongst the three participating institutions. The resident is the primary clinician (under supervision of one faculty member) for the Special Species Health Service (SSHS) at the UW-SVM for minimum period of 5 months per year and will be assigned to all cases presented to the SSHS during his/her period of rotation. The SSHS caseload consists predominately of zoological companion animals (“exotic pets”), including a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, as well as amphibians and fish species. The caseload averages greater than 1,800 cases per year. In addition, there are regular opportunities to manage injured free-ranging wildlife species at a local wildlife center, including a large caseload of native reptiles and raptors. The UW-SVM is also responsible for the health care program at the International Crane Foundation (ICF) where 15 species of cranes are maintained. The resident will spend a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks per year at the ICF. The ICF averages over 1,000 medical entries per year; in addition, the resident will be involved in various aspects of the Whooping Crane reintroduction program. The Milwaukee County Zoo (MCZ) has an extensive collection of zoological species including non-human primates, hoofstock, megavertebrates, small mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The resident is responsible (under supervision by one of the staff veterinarians) for the daily primary care of clinical cases at the MCZ for a minimum period of 5 months per year. The MCZ averages over 3,500 medical entries per year. The resident will be expected to participate in didactic teaching at UW-SVM within the core curriculum course in Zoological Medicine. In addition, the resident will supervise fourth year veterinary students during their elective Special Species Health rotation, as well as periodic 4th year externs at the MCZ and ICF. The resident is required to develop a minimum of one independent research project, which is to be completed within the three-year resident training program. Results from these independent research projects are expected to be presented at scientific meetings and to yield at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Training in writing effective grant applications and animal care and use protocols will be available and is encouraged. The resident is expected to fulfill the ACZM publication requirements, which includes 3 first-authored, peer-reviewed manuscripts, including one on original research. A minimum of 8 weeks per year are allotted for independent study time, to complete an externship in an area of special interest, for attending scientific meetings, and for manuscript preparation. The resident is required to attend and participate in weekly Zoological Medicine topical rounds. Previous graduates of the University of Wisconsin Zoological Medicine residency program are currently employed at a variety of AZA-accredited zoological institutions worldwide, as well as in academia. Qualified applicants must have a DVM degree from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent degree. Application should be made through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Veterinary Intern/Resident Matching Program, and should include a resume or Curriculum Vitae, University transcripts, Veterinary School GPA and class rank, letter of career goals, and three letters of reference. Inquiries about the program can be sent to any of the following: Dr. Kurt Sladky (, Dr. Christoph Mans (, Dr. Grayson Doss (, Dr. Mary Thurber (, Dr. Vickie Clyde (, Dr. Christy Rettenmund (, or Dr. Barry Hartup ( 

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