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Institution

Dallas Zoo

Address

650 S. RL Thornton Fwy

City

Dallas

State/Province

TX

Country

United States

Zip Code

75203

Primary Contact

Dianna Lydick, BS, LVT, VTS (Zoo)

Position (of Contact)

Hospital Manager

Phone

469.554.7272

Email Address

dianna.lydick@dallaszoo.com 

Fax

469.554.7384 

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The Dallas Zoo is the largest Zoological Park in Texas, located just three (3) miles from downtown Dallas. The zoo consists of approximately 450 species with extensive ungulate, avian and reptilian collections. Students will be introduced to all aspects of Zoological medicine including: husbandry, restraint/immobilization, basic medical procedure techniques; preventative medicine that includes quarantine, post-mortem examinations, and electronic recordkeeping. Students will work with hospital staff composed of four (4) veterinarians (incl. 1 Dipl. ACZM), five (5) veterinary technicians, and three (3) hospital keepers as well as husbandry staff throughout the zoo. International students are welcome.

Research

Students are required to complete a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation on the relevant topic of their choice that will be presented to veterinary and animal husbandry staff. Students are also required to review several peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of zoological medicine in preparation for leading a journal club discussion by the end of their externship program. 

Allied Institution

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Responsibilities

Students should expect to work 5-7 days per week, for 8-10 hours per day. Students are required to participate in all aspects of zoological medicine at the Dallas Zoo, including reviewing medical records, assisting with case management, post-mortem examinations, preventative medicine, treatments of hospitalized/quarantined animals, record entry, and laboratory results interpretation

Duration

Minimum of four (4) weeks, maximum of eight (8) weeks

Application Requests

Letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, three Reference contacts

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

Applications taken continuously

Application Deadline

Ongoing, Application at least 12 months prior to desired time period is recommended

Class Standing

Final year of veterinary program; previous completion of 3 or more of the following rotations is preferred: emergency, internal medicine, surgery, anesthesia and pathology rotations

Compensation

None

Housing

None provided; There are rental opportunities through Dallas Zoo staff, but availability is not guaranteed 

Transportation

None available, although the Zoo is conveniently located on the DART light rail line

Insurance

Students are responsible for their own insurance.

Expenses

Lodging, food, travel – Students are responsible for their own expenses.

TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of Negative TB test is required within 60 days of start. Tetanus and rabies vaccinations must be current. Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

Misc. Information

We take International applicants--– however, proof that the applicant has passed all English language proficiency tests required by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) and/or Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certification programs prior to application is required. International students are responsible for acquiring the appropriate Visa.

Last Date Edited

10/2018

 

 

Institution

Fort Worth Zoo

Address

1989 Colonial Parkway

City

Fort Worth

State/Province

TX

Country

USA

Zip Code

76110

Primary Contact

Dr. Sarah Cannizzo

Position (of Contact)

Associate Veterinarian

Phone

817-759-7147

Email Address

scannizzo@fortworthzoo.org

Fax

817-759-7132

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The Fort Worth Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution with a diverse collection of over 500 species, including mammals, bird, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. The zoo has a fully-equipped veterinary hospital (rigid/flexible endoscopy, ultrasound, blood gases analyzer, digital radiography, OR, ICU room, necropsy room) with a full-service in-house laboratory. The veterinary team includes 3 veterinarians (including one Dipl. ACZM), 4 licensed veterinary technicians, 1 hospital keeper, and 1 procurement keeper. Student externs will observe and participate in all aspects of clinical veterinary medicine at the zoo, including physical exams, pre-shipment and quarantine exams, anesthesia, and necropsies. Students will learn about remote delivery of drugs and anesthesia and case management in a zoological setting. There may be opportunities for students to perform clinical tasks such as venipuncture, IV catheter placement, incubation, ultrasonography, etc. 

Research

Each student will be required to complete a research project during the externship. The student will present the results to animal care and veterinary staff during the last week of the externship. 

Allied Institution

None

Responsibilities

Attend daily staff meetings. Participate in exams and treatments. Monitor and record anesthesia. Write medical records in electronic medical records system (TRACKS). Perform and document necropsies. Interpret diagnostic test results with clinicians. Review case histories and medical records. Complete appropriate background reading and research before procedures. Assist licensed technicians and hospital keeper with treatments and husbandry tasks. Schedule is Monday-Friday starting at 8AM with possible weekend or evening hours if needed for active cases.

Duration

3-8 weeks 

Application Requests

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and 3 prioritized time slots

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


Application Deadline

Open continuously

Class Standing

Senior/clinical year students with a demonstrated interest in zoological medicine

Compensation

Not provided

Housing

Not provided

Transportation

Not provided 

Insurance

Students must provide their own health insurance

Expenses

Not covered

TB Tests/Vaccinations

Negative TB test within 6 months of start date. Must be up-to-date with tetanus vaccine (within the last 10 years) and rabies vaccine or titer within the past 2 years. 

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes 

Misc. Information


Last Date Edited

5/2019

 

 

Institution

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

 


Address

2155 County Road 2008

 


City

Glen Rose

 


State/Province

TX

 


Country

USA

 


Zip Code

76043

 


Primary Contact

Julie Swenson, DVM, DACZM

 


Position (of Contact)

Associate Veterinarian

 


Phone

(254) 898-4234

 


Email Address

julies@fossilrim.org

 


Fax

 


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Fossil Rim’s veterinary preceptorship is designed to provide experience in nondomestic animal medicine with a focus on the application of veterinary medical principles to semi-free ranging species and conservation medicine with an emphasis on anesthesia, preventative medicine, and herd health management. Students will participate as part of the veterinary team, which oversees the veterinary care and management of 1,000+ specimens of more than 40 species held at a 1,800 acre facility, including semi free-ranging hoofstock, carnivores, and birds. A small education collection including several invertebrate and reptile species is also present. 

 


Research

Students are exposed to ongoing research in the areas of reproductive sciences, nutrition, and health through Fossil Rim and via collaboration with other institutions. Individual research projects for students are possible, and submission of a topic for presentation at an AAZV conference is encouraged. However, these may be difficult due to student time constraints and as such, if desired, should be discussed early on in the rotation to confirm appropriate time exists for the scope of the project.

 


Allied Institution

N/A

 


Responsibilities

Students will be responsible for assisting with case management, pathology, preventative medicine, rounds discussions, record keeping and special projects if time permits. Students will also be encouraged to research a topic for a short presentation to the animal care staff. 

 


Duration

Required 6-8 weeks

 


Application Requests

Letter of intent, CV, a list of three references for contact (please do NOT request actual letters of reference to be sent), and a prioritized list of three 6 to 8 week blocks of time which would be feasible for you. Please submit these via the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Website at http://fossilrim.org/career.php#op-98921-animal-health-veterinary-preceptorship

 


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

Applications taken continuously

 


Application Deadline

Revolving admission. Openings are typically filled approximately one year in advance.

 


Class Standing

Clinical year preferred

 


Compensation

A stipend may be available depending on funding. Please see the website for more information. 

 


Housing

Group intern housing is provided on-site.

 


Transportation

On-site transportation is provided. A vehicle is useful for personal use off grounds, but not required.

 


Insurance

Insurance for work-related injuries provided by the center.

 


Expenses

Primary expenses involve travel to and from Fossil Rim and living expenses while here (i.e.: food, entertainment, etc.).

 


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of negative TB test, a negative drug test, and up-to-date rabies vaccination is required prior to entry into this program.

 


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

 


Misc. Information

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers a unique experience to work with captive wildlife in a naturalistic environment. The majority of the hoofstock housed in the collection are housed in semi-free ranging conditions over the 1800 acres of the park, allowing for herd management and field immobilizations to be common principles here at Fossil Rim. This allows veterinary students to participate in slightly different aspects of zoological medicine than are found in traditional zoo externships. In addition, the facility focuses on propagation and care of several endangered species including Black Rhino, Cheetah, and Attwater’s prairie chickens, as well as many others. Please see our website for additional information on our institution (www.fossilrim.org) and to apply for this position (http://fossilrim.org/career.php#op-98921-animal-health-veterinary-preceptorship). For any additional questions, please contact Dr. Swenson at julies@fossilrim.org.

 


Last Date Edited

11/2019

 

 

 

Institution

Houston Zoo Inc.

Address

1513 Cambridge Street

City

Houston

State/Province

Texas

Country

United States of America

Zip Code

77030

Primary Contact

Dr. Kendra Bauer

Position (of Contact)

Associate Veterinarian

Phone

713-533-6632

Email Address

kbauer@houstonzoo.org

Fax

713-533-6764

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

To acquaint senior veterinary students and visiting veterinarians with the practice of zoo and wildlife medicine including treatment and handling of non-domestic species, diseases, diagnostic procedures and philosophies.

Research

Minimal

Allied Institution

N/A

Responsibilities

Course objectives: 1. To be acquainted and involved in the clinical evaluation of cases (from diagnostic workup to treatment). 2. To perform laboratory procedures involving hematology and parasitology and to evaluate results (cbc, chemistries, parasite identification, etc). 3. To understand therapeutics, drug choices, treatment regimes and dosages. 4. To understand and use various diagnostic tools e.g. ultrasonography, radiology, laparoscopy. 5. To familiarize with sampling methods and sample handling: e.g. blood collection, cytology, urine collection. 6. To familiarize with capture and restraint equipment. 7. To practice necropsies including collection of diagnostic samples. 8. To create a presentation on a topic related to zoo medicine.

Duration

4-8 weeks preferred

Application Requests

Please submit a letter of intention, resume/curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, and 2-3 letters of reference (zoo/exotic practitioners preferred) to: Dr. Kendra Bauer, Houston Zoo Veterinary Services Dept., 1513 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77030. Phone: 713-533-6632. Fax: 713-533-6764. Email: kbauer@houstonzoo.org

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

Taken continuously

Application Deadline

October 31st of each year

Class Standing


Compensation

None

Housing

None

Transportation

None

Insurance

None

Expenses

None

TB Tests/Vaccinations

1. Current tetanus- within the last 10 years 2. Rabies vaccination- within the last 2 years or titer check 3. Confirmation of a negative TB test (or proof of negative chest radiographs)- from within the past year and valid through the end of the externship.

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

Misc. Information

Background information will be checked with your application. Our dress code allows earrings but no other facial jewelry (ex: nose ring, eyebrow ring). These may be removed or covered with bandage material. For international applicants, a phone conversation to assess English proficiency will be done with foreign students who do not speak English as their first language. (This is to assure that you will be able to complete the externship without language barriers preventing learning and enjoyment of the experience.) 

Last Date Edited

8/2019

 

  

Institution

San Antonio Zoo

Address

3903 North St. Mary's Street

City

San Antonio

State/Province

Texas 

Country

United States

Zip Code

78212

Primary Contact

Dr. Debbie Myers

Position (of Contact)

Assistant Director of Veterinary Care

Phone

210-734-7184 ext 1321

Email Address

debbie.myers@sazoo.org

Fax

(210) 734-5303

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Students will work with the veterinary team and assist in all aspects of veterinary care for the zoological collection that has 3,500 animals representing 750 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and aquatic species many of which are threatened or endangered. Students will gain hands on experience in preventative medicine, clinical case management, nutrition, research, necropsy, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, laboratory diagnostics, exotic animal husbandry and medical record keeping. Students will also attend daily rounds, weekly case rounds and team meetings with our husbandry staff. The hospital is comprised of 3 veterinarians as well as 3 veterinary technicians, 2 hospital keepers, and a hospital manager.

Research

Students are required to put together a presentation on a topic of interest or pertinent ongoing clinical case, prior to completion of the rotation. Small research projects may be conducted on a case by case basis. 

Allied Institution
           
N/A


Responsibilities

Students should expect to work a 5 days week (Monday-Friday) with optional weekend experience. Our work hours are 7am - 4pm although there can be after hours cases. Students will work with the clinical veterinarians and assist in all aspects of veterinary care while gaining hands on experience in zoological medicine.

Duration

3 weeks minimum. 4-6 weeks preferred.

Application Requests

Please submit a resume or CV, along with a cover letter and two professional references. Include with your application, 2-3 available time slots. Once accepted, we will have you fill out an online application.

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

Continuous. Applicants are considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Application Deadline

Open

Class Standing

4th year veterinary students but will consider a 3rd year veterinary student if they are in their clinical year. 

Compensation

None

Housing

None provided, however there are possibilities of rental through San Antonio Zoo staff (availability not guaranteed).

Transportation

Must have your own transportation

Insurance

Must provide proof of medical insurance

Expenses

None covered 

TB Tests/Vaccinations

Students must have a recent TB test and rabies vaccine or titer (within 1 year). The students must agree to allow San Antonio Zoo to perform a criminal background check before starting. 

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes

Misc. Information

The San Antonio Zoo is an AZA accredited institution with American Humane certification that sits on about 56 acres and is home to many carnivores, ungulates, primates, venomous reptiles, endangered birds and an aquarium. The zoo is open 365 days a year, and attracts over 1 million visitors annually. It is located just minutes away from many popular tourist destinations including the San Antonio River walk, Alamo National Park, as well as many museums and theme parks. The weather is San Antonio is great all year round with very mild winters that allows for veterinary medicine to be busy in all seasons. We have staff members who are fluent in French, Spanish and Greek; however, all students are expected to speak and be proficient in English.

Last Date Edited

10/2017

  


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