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Internship Available Auburn University/Birmingham Zoo
Auburn University

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
1350 Pratt-Carden Dr

Primary Contact
Seth Oster

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Application should include
VIRMP Application, Transcripts, Personal Statment, CV, 3-4 Standardized Letters of Reference

Experience Required
Completion of 1 year rotating internship or equivalent practice experience recommended, but not required

Accept International Applicants


Length of Commitment/Start Date
1 year

Program Description
The Exotic Service of the Department of Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University offers a 1 year specialty internship in exotic animal medicine with an emphasis in raptor medicine and zoo medicine. The program start date is 7-15-2020 and the end date is 7-1-2021. The program is supervised at the College of Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Seth Oster. Training will take place within the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Southeastern Raptor Center. In addition, a total of 12 weeks of the internship will take place at the Birmingham Zoo. While there, the intern will be supervised by Dr. Stephanie McCain. Yearly salary will be $26,000. While rotating at the zoo, housing will be provided by the Birmingham Zoo. The Exotic Service is both a primary care and referral service for companion exotic animals. The service has appointment hours Monday through Friday and averages 200 case a year. The service also provides care for the patients of the Southeastern Raptor Center. The Southeastern Raptor Center receives 350-400 injured, ill, or orphaned birds of prey a year. The Southeastern Raptor Center also maintains a collection of 25 non-releasable raptors for educational purposes. The Exotic Service is on-call to provide after-hours emergency care for both companion exotic animals and raptor cases. The intern will assist with both care of Exotic Service cases and Southeastern Raptor Center cases. The amount of primary case responsibility will be dictated by experience and demonstrated ability and proficiency, increasing over time. The Birmingham Zoo is home to a diverse collection of about 850 animals. We have two full time veterinarians as well as two full time veterinary technicians. The intern will assist in the medical and surgical care of the entire collection. The amount of primary case responsibility will be dictated by experience and demonstrated ability and proficiency, increasing over time. Membership in the AVMA is required to begin the internship to obtain professional liability insurance that is paid by the department. Faculty state licensure by examination is required and the fee is reimbursed by the Department of Clinical Sciences. Any required work permits or visas are the responsibility of the applicant. Interviews may be requested by e-mail to Dr. Seth Oster ( For general information contact Renee Huston (, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, 1390 Hoerlein Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5540, phone number: 334-844-6003. More information about Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the community can be found at the University web sites: or Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The candidate(s) selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointments are scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate effectively in English.

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