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Internship Available at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Primary Contact
Alicia Hahn, DVM, DACZM

Primary Contact Email, Phone, 412-365-2562

Number of Positions Available

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On what date will this position next be available?
July 12, 2021

Application Deadline
December 1, 2020

Application should include
Standard VIRMP application packet: VIRMP application; veterinary school official transcript from university registrar; personal statement; curriculum vitae; and 3-4 standardized letters of reference

Experience Required
Graduation from an AVMA accredited veterinary school or eligibility to apply for a veterinary license in the United States (via equivalency examination). [Note: We can provide a letter confirming an offer of employment once one has been made, however we cannot provide legal guidance or services in the procurement of a visa.] One year of post-graduate internship experience in either a small or large animal clinic setting is required. Applicants should have a serious interest in pursuing zoological medicine and wildlife conservation. Must provide proof of rabies vaccination (or protective titers if vaccinated within 5 years) and negative TB skin test prior to start date. Must possess a valid driver's license; strong work ethic; and positive, team-focused attitude. Must provide own housing accommodations and transportation during their stay in Pittsburgh. 

Accept International Applicants

Salary: 30,000/year. Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance; CE money and paid time off to attend AAZV or similar conference. Vacation: 12 paid holidays, + 5 vacation days in the first year, 10 vacation days in the second year, and 5 additional days in the second year to interview at potential job sites/additional post-doc programs. 

Length of Commitment/Start Date
July 12, 2021 - June 2023 ; Candidate must commit to a 2 year long program.

Program Description
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will be seeking applicants in 2020 for a two-year internship program for a post-doctorate veterinarian. The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of only six facilities in the country to have both a full-sized zoological and aquatic collection, at the same institution. The collection consists of over 10,000 animals, representing approximately 550 species. Veterinary staff also provide medical care for African elephants at the zoo’s International Conservation Center in Somerset County, PA. The permanent staff of the Animal Health Department consists of two staff veterinarians, 3 licensed veterinary technicians, one animal health administrator, and a part-time hospital assistant. Our team works out of a recently built 13,000 square foot hospital with a full complement of diagnostic imaging modalities such as digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy equipment, and an in-house laboratory for clinical pathology. The selected applicant will provide daily clinical care for the animal collection alongside staff veterinarians. This will include daily rounds in the hospital and bi-monthly topic rounds, as well as, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, surgery, preventative exams, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. Our practice is approximately 75% preventative medicine, and the intern will assist in planning preventative care for the collection. The intern will also assist with husbandry of in-house quarantine patients, communicate across zoo departments to coordinate treatment plans, utilize ZIMS for medical records, and assist in the treatment of cold stunned sea turtles as part of our Sea Turtle Second Chance Program. Our goal for this intern is to be prepared, upon graduation, to manage the veterinary care for one of the many small to medium zoological facilities in North America, or go onto a Zoological residency program. With this in mind, additional information, such as nutrition, staff management, media training, and clinical research, as well as teaching rounds will be provided. The selected applicant will be strongly encouraged to submit at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and apply to present at a national conference The second year will be contingent upon performance during the first year. 

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