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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, CVT

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, Kyle Donnelly, DVM, MPH, 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. However, availability is quite limited for last minute requests.

Class Standing

Students within the clinical portion of their curriculum.

Compensation

None.

Housing

May be available at nominal cost; 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 and lemur 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

9/2019
  

  

Institution

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Address

370 Zoo Parkway

City

Jacksonville

State/Province

FL

Country

United States

Zip Code

32218

Primary Contact

Meredith Persky, DVM

Position (of Contact)


Phone

904-757-4463 ext. 214

Email Address

perskym@jacksonvillezoo.org 

Fax


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The extern will be introduced to the exciting field of zoo animal medicine through shadowing clinical veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital keepers, and various animal husbandry teams at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Students will participate in procedures ranging from routine exams to clinical case work-ups. They will also be involved with processing laboratory samples, performing necropsies, and working with the animal care staff to gain an appreciation for the specialized husbandry of exotic animals. The extern may also be involved with treating manatees housed in the critical care facility. 

Research

A research project or presentation is required as part of the clinical rotation. 

Allied Institution


Responsibilities


Duration

request a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks

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 contact information for 3 professional references. 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?


Application Deadline


Class Standing


Compensation

none

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

Student is 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


Last Date Edited

10/2019

 

 

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, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM)


Position (of Contact)

Senior Veterinarian


Phone

561-793-1084 x 2320


Email Address

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 Institution

Other large zoos are 30 min 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.


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

Students are selected on a first come, first served basis


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 Tests/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

10/2019

 

 

 

Institution

Zoo Miami

Address

12400 SW 152nd Street

City

Miami

State/Province

FL

Country

United States

Zip Code

33177

Primary Contact

Dr. Gwen Myers

Position (of Contact)

Chief of Animal Health

Phone

305-251-0400 x5084890

Email Address

gwen.myers@miamidade.gov 

Fax


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The clinical rotation in zoological medicine and surgery at Zoo Miami is designed to give senior veterinary students hands-on introductory veterinary experience in clinical zoo animal medicine and surgery and exposure to a large variety of zoo animal species. Students will participate in zoo animal medicine, anesthesia, surgery, preventive medicine, clinical pathology, gross pathology, husbandry, nutrition, and conservation medicine. Students help prepare for and assist with planned medical procedures and emergencies, care of hospitalized animals and monitoring their status, necropsies, and participate in record-keeping, journal reviews, and topic rounds. At the conclusion of the externship, students also give a presentation to zoo staff about a predetermined topic or the results of a small project completed during the externship. 

Research

Small projects possible depending on the length of the externship

Allied Institution


Responsibilities

Medicine, anesthesia, surgery, preventive medicine, clinical pathology, gross pathology, zoo animal husbandry, animal nutrition, conservation medicine. Students will get hands-on experience and assist with planned medical procedures and emergencies, care of hospitalized animals and monitoring their status, necropsies, and will participate in record-keeping, journal reviews, and topic rounds.

Duration

4-8 weeks

Application Requests

Submit a curriculum vitae or resume, letter of intent, contact information for three professional references, and available externship dates to Dr. Gwen Myers at gwen.myers@miamidade.gov.

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


Application Deadline

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply no later than 6 months prior to the desired externship time.

Class Standing


Compensation

None

Housing

Specific housing is not provided, but assistance finding housing can be provided.

Transportation

Students must provide their own transportation. Zoo Miami is most accessible by car.

Insurance

Students must possess their own health insurance.

Expenses


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of negative TB test is required within one year prior to the externship start date.

Does program accept International applicants?

No

Misc. Information

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits that are predominantly cageless. Zoo Miami is home to three of the great ape species (gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans), both African and Asian elephants, black and Indian rhinoceros, three species of otters including South American giant otters, harpy eagles, six species of crocodilians, koala, tree kangaroos, and large varieties of subtropical and tropical hoof stock, other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and freshwater Amazonian fish, including freshwater stingrays. These species represent the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Zoo Miami is an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and is currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. 

Last Date Edited

9/2019

 

 

 

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

FL

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)

This externship in zoological medicine is designed to give clinical year veterinary students hands-on introductory veterinary experience in zoo animal medicine and exposure to a large variety of zoo animal species. Students will participate in zoo animal medicine, anesthesia, preventive medicine, clinical pathology, gross pathology, husbandry, nutrition, and conservation medicine. Students help prepare for and assist with planned medical procedures and emergencies, care of hospitalized animals and monitoring their status, necropsies, and participate in record-keeping. At the conclusion of the externship, students also give a presentation to zoo staff about a predetermined topic or the results of a small project completed during the externship. 

Research

Potential for small projects with approval of research committee 

Allied Institution


Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting veterinarian in case management, preparing for procedures, participating in necropsies, and caring for hospitalized and quarantined animals, assisting technicians with treatments, fecal exams, parasite identification, any other tasks that the veterinary staff are participating in.

Duration

4-8 weeks

Application Requests

Please send a CV/resume, a letter of intent with dates that you would like to be at the zoo, 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

Continuous

Class Standing

Clinical year

Compensation

This is an unpaid externship

Housing

None provided

Transportation

None provided

Insurance

Student is expected to provided their own insurance 

Expenses

No additional expenses 

TB Tests/Vaccinations

Must have a negative TB test within 12 months of the completion of the externship and must be up to date on their tetanus vaccine.

Does program accept International applicants?

No 

Misc. Information


Last Date Edited

11/2018

 

 

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