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Externship Opportunities - Florida

 

Institution

Brevard Zoo

 


Address

8225 North Wickham Road

 


City

Melbourne

 


State/Province

Florida

 


Country

USA

 


Zip Code

32940

 


Primary Contact

Kristi Gamblin

 


Position (of Contact)

Student Coordinator

 


Phone

321-254-9453 x459

 


Email Address

kgamblin@brevardzoo.org

 


Fax

321-259-5966

 


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

All aspects of managing an animal collection in an AZA accredited zoo. This includes husbandry, nutrition, preventive medicine, surgery, basic laboratory procedures, etc. Exposure to wildlife and sea turtle rehabilitation is included.

 


Research

None

 


Allied Institution

None

 


Responsibilities

Work with Trevor T. Zachariah, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM and current veterinary intern (Eastern Florida Zoological Internship Program).

 


Duration

4-6 weeks, but length is negotiable

 


Application Requests

Application documents should include a letter of intent, CV, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Letter of intent should include the student's available/requested dates. Only one student at a time is hosted, and externships are offered on a "first come, first serve" basis.

 


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

Not applicable

 


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously. 

 


Class Standing

Students within the clinical portion of their curriculum.

 


Compensation

None

 


Housing

May be available; please inquire.

 


Transportation

Student is responsible for own transportation.

 


Insurance

Student is responsible for own insurance.

 


Expenses

Student is responsible for own expenses.

 


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of a negative Tb test within 6 months of the externship and rabies vaccination is required.

 


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

 


Misc. Information

Located along the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, the Brevard Zoo is an AZA accredited facility with a diverse collection of over 900 animals representing almost 200 species. The zoo is well known for its strong conservation ethic and unique attractions, such as Africa exhibit kayaking, giraffe feeding, rhinoceros encounters, and aerial adventure courses. A new hospital/commissary facility was opened in February 2012, and the Sea Turtle Healing Center began taking patients in April 2014. For more information regarding the zoo and surrounding area, please go to www.brevardzoo.org.

 


Last Date Edited

05/2018

 

 

 

 

Institution

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)


Address

3883 Sanibel Captiva Road


City

Sanibel


State/Province

Florida


Country

United States


Zip Code

33957


Primary Contact

JoEllen Urasky


Position (of Contact)

Student Program Coordinator


Phone

239-472-3644 ext. 221


Email Address

jurasky@crowclinic.org


Fax


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

CROW operates educational fellowship and externship programs that offer graduate and undergraduate natural science and veterinary students hands-on experience in clinical care and rehabilitation.


Research

CROW is involved in multiple clinical research projects at any one time.


Allied Institution

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge


Responsibilities

Each year CROW's non-profit hospital and rehabilitation center provides care for more than 3500 patients representing over 200 species of native and migratory birds, mammals and reptiles (including sea turtles) on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast. The goal is to return these animals to the wild, and CROW's externship program invites students to take an active role in that process. CROW externs participate in daily hospital and rehabilitation center activities, working closely with boarded specialist and medical director, Dr. Heather Barron. CROW's 4,800 sq. ft. hospital provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.


Duration

open; Fellowships last 6 months, Externships last 4 weeks to 24 weeks


Application Requests

Check website for details on programs and application. www.crowclinic.org


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

open


Application Deadline


Class Standing


Compensation

Stipend provided for Fellowship participants


Housing

on-site, low cost housing


Transportation

No


Insurance

No


Expenses

No


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Accepted program applicants must provide proof of current tetanus immunizations and proof of pre-exposure rabies series.


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information

CROW operates on a 12.5 acre campus on beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. The organization's hospital and visitor education center are located adjacent to the waterways and mangroves of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.


Last Date Edited

1/2016

 

 

Institution

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens


Address

370 Zoo Parkway


City

Jacksonville


State/Province

Florida


Country

United States


Zip Code

32218


Primary Contact

Jessica Misora/Meredith Persky


Position (of Contact)

Animal Health Dept. Manager/Veterinarian


Phone

904-757-4463 Extension 221


Email Address

guentherk@jacksonvillezoo.org or perskym@jacksonvillezoo.org


Fax

904-714-4441


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The student will experience all levels of care with a diverse collection of animals, including clinical medicine and surgery, nutrition, necropsy and laboratory procedures as well as husbandry.


Research

Students are encouraged to research a topic during their rotation but it is not required.


Allied Institution

N/A


Responsibilities

Students will shadow clinical veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital zoo keepers, and various animal husbandry teams. Students will participate in immobilizations, various procedures ranging from routine exams to clinical case work-ups, processing of laboratory samples and work with animal care staff to gain an appreciation of the husbandry of zoo animals.


Duration

4 week rotations


Application Requests

Students should submit an application packet containing the following: curriculum vitae, a cover letter including goals and what one hopes to gain from participating in this program, 2-3 dates of availability, documentation of GPA and at least one letter of recommendation. Applicants need a minimum of 3 months of clinical experience prior to the beginning of the externship. 


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

Taken continuously


Application Deadline

Open


Class Standing

At least a 3.0 GPA is required and at least 3 months of clinical training prior to the beginning of the program.


Compensation

None provided


Housing

None provided but coordinator may be able to assist successful applicants in finding housing


Transportation

Transportation is not provided. Students must have their own car or rental car to participate.


Insurance

Students must provide their own insurance


Expenses

Students are responsible for all expenses


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Students will need to show proof of a negative TB test within 6 months of the externship and current protective rabies titer. Current tetanus vaccination is recommended. Accepted candidates will need mandatory drug testing within three months of their official start date. Testing can be done at any facility of their choice. 


Does program accept International applicants?

No


Misc. Information

Students are expected to dress and act in a professional manner. Veterinary externs are coordinated through the zoo’s volunteer program with the successful applicant being required to complete the volunteer application and criminal history check within 6 months of start date. Additional testing may be required. Additional information about the zoo can be found at our website jacksonvillezoo.org


Last Date Edited

4/2017

 


Institution:

Lion Country Safari

Address:

2003 Lion Country Safari Rd

City:

Loxahatchee

State/Province:

FL

Country:

USA

Zip Code:

33470

Primary Contact:

Elizabeth Hammond, DVM

Position (of Contact):

Staff Veterinarian

Phone:

561-793-1084 x 2320

Email:

vet@lioncountrysafari.com

Fax:

561-793-9603

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

Large, diverse collection affords clinical experience with multiple species in a semi-free-ranging setting on ~300 acres. Student will be involved with non-domestic hoofstock field immobilization preparation/participation/research. Large chimpanzee collection, rhinos, lions, and giraffe also highlight the mammal collection. Psittacines, ratites, tortoises, and other bird and reptile species provide opportunities for additional exotic animal experience.

Research:

Student is expected to complete a project on a topic of his/her choice. Case-based research is also encouraged.

Allied Institutions:

Other large zoos are 30min to 2 hours away. Externship is full-time on-site at LCS.

Responsibilities:

Student is involved in all aspects of this zoological park’s veterinary program. Daily assignments include patient care, treatments/cleaning, keeper communications, hospital and equipment upkeep, field procedure preparation and breakdown, assistance with medical records, diagnostic techniques, radiology, necropsy, etc.

Duration:

Minimum 8 weeks required.

Application Requests:

A completed application form, Curriculum vitae, letter of intent, one letter of reference, the names of 2 people who can be contacted for a reference, 2-3 choices for time slot. An application form can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator as indicated above.

Application Deadline:

Students are selected on a first come, first served basis

Class Standing:

Fourth year veterinary students preferred, DVM graduates also accepted

Compensation:

Minimum Wage

Housing:

Arranged by student

Transportation:

Arranged by student

Insurance:

Workman’s compensation. Must have valid driver’s license

Expenses:

None anticipated

TB Test/Vaccinations:

Current TB test (within 6 months) and Rabies titer, current tetanus vaccination recommended

Does program accept International applicants?:

No

Misc. Information:

DFWP/EOE, successful applicant must meet all requirements for employment at Lion Country Safari including, drug testing, reference checks, criminal background check, legal authorization to work in the United States, and driver’s license check. For more information, please visit our website: www.lioncountrysafari.com.

Last date edited.:

2/2011

  

 

 

Institution

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

 


Address

1101 W Sligh Avenue

 


City

Tampa

 


State/Province

Florida

 


Country

United States

 


Zip Code

33604

 


Primary Contact

Lauren Smith, DVM

 


Position (of Contact)

Associate Veterinarian

 


Phone  N/A

 


Email Address

lauren.smith@zootampa.org

 


Fax    N/A

 


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

In this unpaid externship, students will work with veterinary staff to gain clinical experience with animals that are rescued or managed under professional care. Students will gain wide exposure to variety of animals, including mega vertebrates, hoofstock, large carnivores, non-human primates, birds, small mammals and reptiles. Where feasible, specific emphasis will be placed on the rescue and rehabilitation of Florida manatees. Expectations and Responsibilities: Under the direction of the veterinary staff, students will: Participate in all aspects of zoological medicine, including medical and surgical treatment, preventative medicine, quarantine protocols, pathology, and daily case rounds. Review medical records and anesthetic protocols, monitor anesthesia, complete physical examinations, collect and interpret diagnostics, and develop treatment plans for cases in which they participate. Assist the veterinarians and veterinary technicians with all medical procedures during their rotation. Students are expected to complete a project in alignment with ongoing clinical research or explore a clinical topic during their time. A presentation is to be given by the student at the conclusion of the program.

 


Research     N/A

 


Allied Institution

Depending on time and interest, rotations to The Florida Aquarium and Clearwater Marine Aquarium may be available. Regular visits are also made to the Ellie Shiller Homosassa Spring State Wildlife Park.

 


Responsibilities   See above

 


Duration

The Zoo anticipates accepting only one extern per season, with the expected duration of 4 to 6 weeks. The available slots are listed below, with the actual externship period to be scheduled with the selected candidate within the time block on mutual agreement: Fall (September to November) Spring (March to May) Summer (June to August)

 


Application Requests

Apply online at www.zootampa.org/careers Requirements include a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, 3 letters of recommendation, veterinary school transcript, and available dates within the term requested. Please upload all materials into the online application. Letters of recommendation only can be emailed to lauren.smith@zootampa.org.

 


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

Applications are accepted continuously, but it is highly recommended that an application be submitted 12 months prior to the expected rotation.

 


Application Deadline     N/A

 


Class Standing     N/A

 


Compensation

Unpaid

 


Housing

Housing is not provided.

 


Transportation

Recommend students have their own personal vehicle. Free parking is available at the zoo.

 


Insurance

Students must provide proof of medical insurance (externs are considered Zoo volunteers and are not covered by Zoo workers compensation coverage)

 


Expenses     Not covered

 


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Provide proof of tetanus within last six months, negative tuberculin skin test or equivalent, and rabies vaccination

 


Does program accept International applicants?

No

 


Misc. Information

Successfully complete criminal background screening at extern’s cost (typically $25, but fees may apply in certain jurisdictions checked) Execute a required hold harmless/liability release agreement Completing onsite intern orientation and policy review Qualifications and Experience Must be currently enrolled veterinary students in third or fourth year of training with interest in zoo/aquatic and wildlife medicine. Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests Excellent communications and customer relations skills Ability to effectively work independently, and within a team environment Professional attire is required Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively Physical capacity to perform tasks described above Other Requirements Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.

 


Last Date Edited    3/2018

 

 

 

Institution

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens


Address

1590 Goodlette Rd


City

Naples


State/Province

Florida


Country

United States


Zip Code

34102


Primary Contact

Dr. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn


Position (of Contact)

Staff Veterinarian


Phone

2392625409 ext 120


Email Address

lizzy@napleszoo.org


Fax


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Shadowing the veterinary staff and participating in all exams, necropsies, and record keeping


Research

All preceptors are expected to give a presentation on an area of interest in zoological medicine. Any further research will be at the discretion of the staff veterinarian and dependent on multiple factors.


Allied Institution


Responsibilities

Preceptors are responsible for participating in all exams and treatments, necropsies, record keeping, helping with care for all quarantined or hospitalized animals. The preceptor will also be responsible for at least one presentation to the zoo staff.


Duration

4 - 8 weeks, negotiable


Application Requests

Please submit a letter of intent and CV or resume and one letter of recommendation from a veterinarian.


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


Application Deadline

Applications taken continuosly


Class Standing

Clinical year of veterinary school


Compensation

None


Housing

None


Transportation

None


Insurance

Students need to have their own insurance


Expenses

None


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Must have had a negative within one year of starting the preceptorship and be up to date on tetanus vaccine.


Does program accept International applicants?

No


Misc. Information


Last Date Edited

10/2016

 

 

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581705 White Oak Road
Yulee, FL 32097 USA

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