Externship Opportunities - Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
Position (of Contact)
Veterinary Medical Officer
202 633 3185, 202 207 5893
Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)
This is a 6 week appointment for 4th Year veterinary students. Students will attend rounds and participate in the diagnosis and treatment of species in a zoological setting. Students will participate in all facets of the medical program at the National Zoo's facility. Students are expected to review medical records in preparation for procedures, complete reading as assigned by clinicians, and participate in procedures on a supervised basis dependent on the medical situation as well as preceptor knowledge and competency. Students will assist in monitoring vitals and recording data during anesthetic procedures. A mentored project (case or case series presentation, teaching module, research, etc) is to be completed during the externship. Research opportunities may be available depending on student interest, time constraints, and funding availability. Attendance is expected 5 days per week (7a-6p M-F) and some weekends/holidays.
Research opportunities may be available depending on student interest, time constraints, and funding availability.
This is an unpaid preceptorship for 4th year veterinary students. This is an opportunity wherein the preceptor will support the Department of Wildlife Health Sciences. Through this Preceptorship, preceptors will: • Gain experience by participating in all facets of the medical program at the National Zoo's facility. • Learn to review medical records in preparation for procedures, complete reading as assigned by clinicians, and perform physical examinations on a variety of zoological species • Gain experience in procedures on a supervised basis dependent on the medical situation as well as preceptor knowledge and competency • Gain experience in developing anesthetic protocols as well as monitoring and recording anesthetic procedures • Attendance is expected 5 days per week (7a-6p M-F) and some weekends/holidays.
TO APPLY To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html. Select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here" and complete the information to create an account. Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes: • Basic information • Cover letter explaining your interest in zoological/wildlife/conservation medicine. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations. • Curriculum vitae • Three letters of reference • Available dates (if known) • Veterinary college official transcript Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select: • Type of appointment: "Internship" • Unit of interest: "National Zoological Park" • Program: "National Zoological Park Internship Program" • Project: "Rock Creek-Veterinary Preceptorship" IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit "Submit." Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.
If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?
Positions are available from June to July; variations on this time period are based on institutional time restrictions, as well as individual applicant's need, availability and qualifications.• Applications must be submitted by October 14, 2019 for positions July 2020- June 2021.
Applications must be submitted by October 14, 2019 for positions July 2020- June 2021.
4th year or equivalent
This is an unpaid internship. Intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
The intern will make his or her own transportation arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
Personal insurance required (student responsibility)
• A negative tuberculin skin test within 6months of rotation and up to date rabies prophylaxis are required • Influenza vaccine strongly encouraged
Does program accept International applicants?
• This preceptorship is available to veterinary students in their 4th year (or equivalent) of the curriculum • International students are welcome to apply • All applicants are expected to have a serious interest in zoological/wildlife/conservation medicine
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