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Dallas World Aquarium Fellowship

Dallas World Aquarium Veterinary Fellowship

The Dallas World Aquarium (DWA) is excited to announce the launch of an International Veterinary Fellowship Program in Zoological and Conservation Medicine.  This one year position is intended primarily for non-US veterinary graduates who are interested in acquiring additional training in zoological medicine that can then be applied to further animal care of captive wildlife in their home country. The fellowship is uniquely suited for individuals interested in general veterinary care of zoological collections, captive breeding and propagation, avian hand-rearing, and application of veterinary medicine in large immersion exhibits.   


The fellow will be an integral member of the veterinary team and responsible for, along with and under the supervision of the head veterinarian, the daily veterinary care of the entire collection which consists of more than 600 different species, both aquatic and terrestrial, and has a strong focus on neotropical ecosystems.  Veterinary care will include routine, preventative, quarantine, and emergency care.  The fellow will also be responsible for record keeping, gross necropsy of any deceased collection animals, evaluation and interpretation of routine water quality testing, nutrition evaluation, and will share in the teaching responsibilities for any fourth year veterinary externs. In addition, the fellow will be expected to develop a research project to be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal and will be encouraged to present their work at a national conference. 



·       Veterinary Degree required.  Although the graduating veterinary school does not need to be AVMA accredited, preference will be given to veterinarians who are from programs that either are AVMA accredited or are similar in length and scope to an AVMA accredited school. 

·       Clinical veterinary experience in exotics, particularly avian and captive wildlife species, is preferred. 

·       Must be fluent in English and have excellent oral and written communication skills. 

·       Must be comfortable with general computer skills, particularly for record keeping.

·       Able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings.

·       A negative TB test is required within 6 months of the start date.  Rabies vaccination, although not required, is strongly recommended. 


Application requirements: 

·       Cover letter explaining why this position is of interest and how the applicant would hope to apply the information learned here in their own careers following completion of the fellowship. 

·       Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact information for three references

·       3 letters of professional reference submitted directly by the references

·       Description of the veterinary school program:  If your program is not AVMA accredited, please submit a brief description of your schooling (ie: number of years attended, any pre-veterinary degrees required, general course work, etc.). 

·       Please submit all application materials electronically to Dr. Julie Swenson at

·       Application deadline: Now accepting application for the position opening in June of 2014.



·       A stipend will be given for living expenses and will depend upon experience level and will be discussed directly with each individual applicant.

·       Housing is provided.  The applicant will have use of an apartment contained within the nearby breeding complex for the duration of their fellowship.  Transportation between the breeding complex and the DWA (a distance of approximately 3 miles) will be the responsibility of the fellow.  However, this distance is easily traversable by bicycle, so a car is not necessarily required. 

·       Fellows will be responsible for their own health insurance and travel expenses.

·       If necessary, assistance may be given (financial and clerical) by the DWA to help with obtaining appropriate VISAs for admittance into the US.  Total costs covered will be dependent on the country of origin.


About the DWA:

The Dallas World Aquarium opened to the public in 1992, has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997, and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.  Located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the facility is a unique institution focused on naturalistic ecosystem representation.  The lower levels of the facility house the aquarium, which has representative animals from marine and freshwater ecosystems around the world, while the upper levels are immersion exhibits representing the various levels of the rainforest canopy.  The DWA is home to more than 3000 animals representing more than 600 different species.  These include more than 200 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, 50 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 300 species of fish and invertebrates.  In addition, the DWA is a world leader in conservation efforts and is involved in a large number of in situ conservation projects throughout the world.  For more information on the specific collection animals housed at the DWA, as well as our ongoing conservation projects, please visit our website at  For any other questions concerning the position, please contact Dr. Julie Swenson at






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