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State and Federal Employers

WILDLIFE HEALTH SPECIALIST -Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife

Job ID: 601954 (
Location: Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Annual Salary: $63,908.00
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

Description: Incumbent functions at a professional level as the wildlife health specialist for the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and reports directly to the Wildlife Science Program Manager. Incumbent applies expert knowledge, experience, and skills to develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive statewide programs for the prevention, detection, control, and management of known and emerging diseases of wildlife (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians) in Indiana. Incumbent serves as the State’s wildlife health expert and represents the Department and Division in collaborative programs with academic institutions and state and federal agencies in investigations, monitoring, and research of diseases and other factors that affect the health and survival of wildlife of the State.

• Identify, design, budget, conduct or coordinate, and evaluate statewide programs for the prevention,
detection, control, and management of emergent and known diseases that occur in wildlife (i.e.,
mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians) in Indiana.
• Compile, analyze, synthesize, and interpret information from surveillance programs as the foundation for the development of disease management plans, response plans, or related strategies to react to
emergent and known wildlife diseases in the State.
• Coordinate and integrate state-level wildlife disease monitoring efforts into regional and national
surveillance programs.
• Advise and represent the IDNR and DFW at technical and policy levels and serve as liaison to state
agencies, federal agencies and academic institutions on all matters pertaining to the management of
wildlife diseases in the state.
• Coordinate with state, regional, and national diagnostic laboratories to ensure proper disease testing
procedures are followed.
• Provide professional consultation and support to Department and Division staff and, as needed, advise in research study design.
• Prepare documents to secure state and federal grant funds for statewide wildlife health and disease
• Maintain wildlife health facilities and central databases on wildlife health and diseases in Indiana,
including database development, data entry, and extraction.
• Maintain and expand knowledge and technical expertise in wildlife disease and health management
through active participation in professional organizations and societies (e.g., Wildlife Disease Association).
• Prepare written reports and related documents to communicate program results including internal
agency reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, popular articles (Outdoor Indiana, press releases),
newsletters, symposia and workshop proceedings, and those needed to fulfill grant-specific reporting
• Draft correspondence on wildlife health and disease issues requiring the signature of the Governor,
Department Director, Division Director, Wildlife Chief, or Wildlife Science Program Manager.
• Prepare recommendations to introduce or modify Indiana Administrative Code, agency policies, or other legal statutes on all matters pertaining to the management of wildlife diseases in the State.
• Maintain expertise on regulations and procedures to procure, store, and dispense controlled substances for the anesthesia, immobilization, and euthanasia of wildlife.
• Develop and execute training programs to ensure agency staff can safely and effectively capture, restrain, and immobilize wildlife.
• Train agency staff on sample collection methods for surveillance and investigation of wildlife mortality

Preferred Experience: A DVM with professional-level state or federal natural resource agency experience in wildlife health and conservation, wildlife disease ecology and management, wildlife pathology, or related field(s).
• Licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in Indiana or ability to obtain a license in the first 6 months.
• Knowledge of diseases of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians that occur in Indiana, including their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
• Knowledge of biological and ecological processes that affect the etiology, pathology, and epidemiology of wildlife diseases.
• Knowledge of the transmission dynamics, ecology, and impacts of wildlife diseases and ability to apply
these concepts in a population-level framework.
• Skill in the investigation of wildlife mortality events, including necropsy of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians and collection of biological samples for diagnostic disease analyses.
• Ability to safely operate and maintain program equipment including firearms and specialized capture and immobilization equipment and supplies.
• Must be able to obtain a Drug Enforcement Agency registration for controlled substance Schedule(s)
needed for the chemical immobilization of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in Indiana.
• Must be able to obtain a Controlled Substance Registration from the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
• Knowledge of research design, statistical analysis, and technical report writing.
• Ability to communicate complex topics about wildlife health and disease management in a manner
understood by the respective target audiences including the constituent groups, administrators,
professional agency staff, academia, legislators, and the general public.

Additional Comments: The position is anticipated to be located at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Incumbent is expected to work closely with DFW administrators and field staff while developing broad, collaborative relationships with local, state, and federal agencies and other partners to advance the cause of wildlife disease prevention, surveillance, and control in Indiana. Duties are performed in a variety of situations including office and laboratory settings, field environments that may entail accessing difficult terrain and exposure to adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet). Work includes exposure to disease and other pathogens that may be harmful. Work involves travel in and out of state, including overnight travel, to assist with projects away from assigned work station.

Benefits: The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:
Medical / Dental / Vision plans
Health Savings Account available - with Employer Contribution
Prescription Coverage
Employee Assistance Program
Employer-funded Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation Plan with Employer Match
Flexible Spending Account
Work/life balance: 24 Paid Days Off and 12 Holidays, per year
Group Life Insurance
Qualified Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Contact Person: Scott Johnson; 317-234-9586;

Non-Government Organizations

Veterinarian - Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR)

Location: Kendalia, TX
Apply to:
Job Type: Full Time

History: Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 6,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, non-native wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 212 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.

Description: The Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing all medical services and ensuring the proper care of all animals for which WRR assumes responsibility.  The Veterinarian plays a lead role in decisions regarding medical care along in conjunction with the Associate Veterinarian, Founder/President , Director of Animal Operations, area supervisors, and caretakers.  The Veterinarian will work with Animal Care staff to attend to the medical needs of the animals in accordance with the organization’s philosophy and procedures regarding areas such as holistic and homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine, and euthanasia.  One can expect to work 40 + hours per week, depending on the season, and hours will include on-call shifts, with two consecutive days off.
Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Medical Services:
  • Oversee medical care for all permanent resident animals as well as hospitalized wildlife.
  • Examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatment for animals at WRR.
  • Perform necropsies on deceased permanent resident animals and hospitalized wildlife.
  • Consult with veterinary specialists and other outside veterinarians as needed and coordinate exams and procedures with other veterinarians.
  • Training and Education:
  • Train staff members and animal care apprentices on medication administration and triage/stabilization of incoming wildlife in coordination with the Veterinary Technician and Apprentice Supervisor and Trainer.
  • Train Veterinary Technician Apprentice in coordination with the Veterinary Technician.
  • Provide staff members and apprentices with information on medical care of animals at WRR.
  • Give presentations to community groups about WRR and wildlife rehabilitation, as requested.
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment:
  • In coordination with the Veterinary Technician, ensure that necessary medical supplies and pharmaceuticals are in stock and place orders as needed.
  • In coordination with the Veterinary Technician, maintain all medical equipment in good working order.
  • Record keeping and Communication:
  • In coordination with the Associate Veterinarian and the Veterinary Technician, maintain complete and current medical records on all animals.
  • Provide written notice to caretakers of prescribed medications that are administered to the animals in care.
  • Maintain records of all Controlled Substances used at WRR.
  • Communicate with members of the Animal Care Staff regarding ongoing treatment for all animals.
  • Communicate with the Hotline Specialist, Hospital Supervisor, and members of the public to provide updates on animals brought to WRR for care and answer questions regarding free ranging wildlife. 
  • Management/Supervision:
  • Supervise Associate Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, and Veterinary Technician Apprentice.
  • Serve as a member of the Animal Care Supervisory Staff along with the Founder/President, Director of Animal Operation, and Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Serve as a member of the Capture Team in the event of an escaped animal on property.
  • Oversee all animal care to ensure a high standard of care for all animals at WRR.
  • On-call responsibilities
  • Be available to answer phone calls from staff for any cases needing assistance as well as provide hands on care in the WRR hospital in emergencies.


  • Education: DVM degree, valid Texas Veterinary Medical License required, DEA Controlled Substance License required
  • Experience: 2 years of veterinary practice experience, including experience with wildlife medicine in a rehabilitation setting.
  • Excellent leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. 
  • Ability to deal with emergencies and handle long hours, as needed.
  • Ability to travel between San Antonio and Kendalia locations. 

Salary is $ 60,000-65,000 annually, depending on experience.
Persons interested in applying for this position should send a resume, and cover letter:
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Attn: Chief Administrative Officer
P.O. Box 369
Kendalia, TX 78027
Phone: (830) 336-2725 x307
Fax: (830) 336-3733

Wildlife Pathologist, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

The College of Veterinary Medicine ( invites applications for a Wildlife Pathologist with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia (UGA).  This position is in the Public Service track at UGA and is responsible for overseeing the SCWDS Diagnostic Services Section.

This entails complete post mortem examination of wildlife and ancillary diagnostic testing during disease investigations and surveillance activities. The Wildlife Pathologist will provide leadership, supervision, and training to SCWDS personnel and graduate students conducting diagnostic, surveillance, and research activities related to wildlife diseases. The Wildlife Pathologist will consult with wildlife, animal agriculture, and public health agency personnel regarding wildlife disease prevention, detection, and management, and will assist in coordinating and conducting disease workshops and training sessions for state/federal wildlife and agriculture agency personnel.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position supported entirely by extramural funds.  The Wildlife Pathologist is expected to assist in maintaining existing extramural funding, and be involved in obtaining additional support. Travel assignments are anticipated; however, the majority of work will be based in Athens, Georgia.  The Wildlife Pathologist will be representing SCWDS to cooperating state and federal agencies and others, thus a high standard of professionalism is required.  Applicants should have a DVM, or equivalent degree, and show a demonstrated commitment to wildlife population health as evidenced by one year or more of experience and/or education in wildlife biology/management, epidemiology, microbiology, pathology, ecology or other related disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants that are board certified (or board eligible) by the American or European Colleges of Veterinary Pathologists, and have three years previous work experience with wildlife management agencies in the field of wildlife health.

Interested persons should apply through UGA Faculty Jobs and may send a curriculum vitae, a letter summarizing accomplishments and professional goals, and the names and contact information for three references directly to Dr. John R. Fischer, Director, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7387.  Applications received by May 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.  The initial evaluation will begin upon receipt of application materials and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  This position will be available beginning in June, 2017.  Georgia is well known for its quality of life, including outdoor and urban activities (  The University of Georgia ( is a land grant/sea grant institution located 75 miles northeast of Atlanta.  The position announcement can be found at


Associate Veterinarian - Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Location: Kendalia, TX
 Apply to:
Job Type: Part-time (potential for full-time)

Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) receives over 6,000 wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release as well as providing permanent sanctuary for more than 600 resident non-releasable indigenous wildlife, non-native wildlife (large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds) and farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue is located on 212 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, near Austin and San Antonio.

Description: The Associate Veterinarian will be a member of the Veterinary Staff and participate in medical care of both hospitalized wildlife and permanent resident animals in sanctuary. The current Veterinary Staff includes a full time Veterinarian/Director of Animal Care and a full time Veterinary Technician. The Associate Veterinarian will report to the Veterinarian and be involved in decisions regarding animal care in coordination with the Veterinary Staff, Director of Animal Operations, Founder/President, and Animal Care Supervisors. The position will be 3-4 days per week, including one weekend day, with some scheduling flexibility.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sherman Animal Care Complex

· Spend 1-2 days at San Antonio location overseeing medical care of animals at that location.
· Assist with triage and stabilization of incoming animals.
· Examine and establish treatment plans for minor medical issues in orphaned wildlife and companion animals.
· Assist with training of staff members on triage and animal care techniques.

  • Kendalia Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary

· Spend 1-2 days at Kendalia location working with Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician.
· Assist with triage and stabilization of incoming animals.
· Conduct rounds with Veterinarian and Animal Care Supervisors and formulate treatment plans for ongoing cases.
· Handle emergencies with permanent resident animals in cooperation with the Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician.
· Perform routine surgeries on domesticated permanent resident animals, including spays and neuters.
· Maintain accurate and current medical records.
· Supervise and train staff members and apprentices on medication administration.
· Communicate with staff members and members of the public about ongoing cases.

 On-call responsibilities
· Available 2-3 nights per week to answer phone calls from staff about complicated cases and come into the hospital to handle emergency cases if needed.

· Education: DVM degree, valid Texas Veterinary Medical License required
· Experience: 2 years of veterinary practice experience, ideally including experience with wildlife medicine in a rehabilitation setting.
· Excellent leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.
· Ability to deal with emergencies and handle long hours, as needed.
 · Ability to travel between San Antonio and Kendalia locations.

 Salary is $30,000-$35,000 per year depending on experience.
Persons interested in applying for this position should send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to (email preferred):

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc.
Attn: Chief Administrative Officer
P.O. Box 369 Kendalia, TX 78027
Phone: (830) 336-2725 x307
Fax: (830) 336-3733 (3/1/17)

Veterinary Hospital Manager - San Francisco Zoo

Division:                  Animal Management

Department:            Veterinary

Reports To:             Vice President Wellness and Animal Behavior
FLSA Status:           Exempt

SUMMARY: The Zoo Hospital Manager partners with the Medical Director to be aware of medical staff needs to ensure scheduling and equipment and facilities maintenance and ensure the hospital’s daily operations. The Hospital Manager performs a wide range of difficult-to-complex administrative activities related to: delivering high quality animal care and excellent Animal Division service; managing the budget and accounting; hospital staffing and interfacing with human resources; and discretionary activities that serve to support effective veterinary operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Manages veterinary technician and hospital administrative staff. Ensures scheduling, for all planned medical procedures. Oversees requests to hospital to ensure appropriate allocation of personnel resources to each need.
  2. Ensures physical facility maintenance through collaboration with the Zoo’s Operations Team. Maintains hospital equipment.
  3. Manages Hospital budget and contracts. Oversees the acquisition of all hospital supplies, medicines, drugs, laboratory testing and other diagnostics.
  4. Monitors and ensures hospital and hospital staff compliance with all appropriate regulatory agencies.
  5. Manages all hospital records and ensures that they are current. Manages patient tracking and ensures transfer of records and treatment plans when appropriate.
  6. Coordinates the requests of documents from other organizations and the preparation of documents to be issued to other organizations.
  7. Manage the flow of internal and external communications via routing all emails and communications to the appropriate person.
  8. Oversees drug and medical inventory and monitors controlled substance log.
  9. Maintains a high degree of organization and handles multiple priorities at any given time.
  10. Provides technical training to improve the skill level of other staff members.
  11. Interacts with Zoo staff and visitors courteously and offers proper attention at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in science or business management.

EXPERIENCE: Five years professional experience in a veterinary medicine practice including three years in a managerial role.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATES: CVT, RVT and/or Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) preferred. A valid Driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals.

TO APPLY:  Apply via our web site at Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.  We will consider qualified applications with arrest and conviction records for employment. No calls please.

Medical Director - San Francisco Zoo

Division:                    Animal Management

Department:              Veterinary

Reports To:               Vice President of Wellness & Animal Behavior
FLSA Status:             Exempt

SUMMARY: The Medical Director is charged with leading the San Francisco Zoological Society’s Veterinary Team. The Team is an integral component of the Zoo’s Animal Wellness Initiative. The Medical Director provides a variety of animal healthcare duties in the hospital, as well as management, mentorship and development for veterinarian staff. The Medical Director also ensures the regulatory compliance of the animal hospital and develops, approves and maintains veterinary standards of care for all Zoo animals. The Medical Director is responsible for ensuring an environment of positive teamwork within hospital staff and between the hospital and all other zoo departments. Active and productive collaboration between the Wellness Team and animal care staff is critical to the success of this position. The role of Medical Director may include examinations, tests, diagnoses, research, and preventive medical care of the animals at the Zoo by performing the following duties: 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Develops, approves and ensures veterinary standards of care applied at the Zoo.
  2. Collaborates with other members of the Wellness Team to develop, implement, assess and refine an approach to Doctor-Patient interactions based on positive human-animal relationships.
  3. Oversees comprehensive preventative medicine program for all collection animals including quarantine protocols, vaccination, nutrition, pathology, pharmacy, parasite programs, surgery, radiology, dentistry and medical records.
  4. Oversees and manages the Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians in regards to procedures, performance and any issues directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine.
  5. Maintains a high degree of organization and handles multiple priorities at any given time.
  6. Supervises the staff in medical related procedures; intervene as needed.
  7. Observes and complies with all applicable Federal, State, County and City laws, regulations and ordinances, including DEA and OSHA requirements.
  8. Monitors general health and well-being of the collection and continually assesses and improves the preventative health care protocols for all species.
  9. Participates in the planning and execution of nutrition and reproduction programs for the animal collection.
  10. Maintains accurate and thorough computerized medical records.
  11. Participates in the Zoo’s behavioral training program for medical procedures as well as environmental enrichment programs and ensures that all hospital staff participating in training follow the Zoo’s training philosophy. Ensures that staff involved in training and enrichment work with the Director of Training and Behavioral Husbandry when appropriate.
  12. Produces and submits case studies and novel research articles to peer-reviewed journals.
  13. Represents the Zoo at conferences with case reports and research presentations.
  14. Provides medical and surgical treatment for sick or injured animals; administers and instructs other Zoo employees in the administration of medication to animals; supervises the tranquilization of animals preparatory to medical treatment or shipment; supervises the handling and restraint of animals requiring treatment or hospitalization.
  15. Performs or supervises laboratory tests on blood, tissue, and other animal matter in order to determine the presence of bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals which would adversely affect the animal health or serve as vehicles for transmission of infection or disease.
  16. Coordinates the examination of animals before shipment; prescribes and evaluates pertinent tests; administers tranquilizing medication as required; and issues health certificates.
  17. May have to perform necropsies to establish the causes of death; makes recommendations regarding the disposition of deceased animals.
  18. Develops and promotes a team approach in the hospital staff for problem solving and to increase productivity by using their skills to multi-task.
  19. Provides technical training to improve the skill level of other staff members.
  20. Actively consults with animal management staff and keepers to identify and anticipate needed medical services.
  21. Interacts with Zoo staff and visitors courteously and offers proper attention at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION: D.V.M. OR V.M.D. from an AVMA accredited institution and a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of California or eligibility to obtain California state licensing within six months of start of employment.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum eight years of full time clinical zoological medicine experience at an AZA accredited facility preferred, or the equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities in the practice of zoo veterinary medicine.  Other abilities and requirements include:

  • Board certification in zoological medicine preferred or current eligibility to take the board examination in zoological medicine administered by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is desirable.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid federal DEA license.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain USDA/APHIS accreditation.
  • Excellent, demonstrated medical and surgical skills are essential including strong abilities with general anesthesia for a wide variety of species in a field environment.
  • Clinical experience with a broad range of captive wildlife species is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills necessary to establish and maintain strong working relationships with hospital staff, management, all zoo employees, members of the public, media, and donors.
  • Proficiency in utilizing ultrasound, radiography, flexible and rigid endoscopy equipment.
  • Proven record of involvement in the zoo community (published papers, articles, research projects) is preferred.
  • Proven managerial experience.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess a high level of energy, be self-motivated, and have a commitment to professional excellence and animal well-being.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATES: California license to practice veterinary medicine, USDA accreditation for the issuance of interstate health certificates, DEA registration certificate for the use of controlled substances.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to potentially hazardous animals.  The position is considered to be on call weekends, nights and for emergencies. 

TO APPLY:  Apply via our web site at Please include a cover letter outlining your animal care experience.  We will consider qualified applications with arrest and conviction records for employment. No calls please. 2/13/17

SUMMER WILDLIFE Teaching – Belize, Central America

The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA) is seeking a wildlife veterinarian to teach a field course on Wildlife health, conservation and biology in Belize in the summer 2017.  The course, offered twice (May 27-June 24) is given at the Belize Zoo as well as other field sites in Belize and has a local naturalist as a field assistant. The course is also offered in the winter 2017/18 (Dec 26-Jan 7).

The interested person will work with the current syllabus, deliver lectures and clinical/field experiences, and assist in overall course management.  Classes are small (8-12 students), two weeks in length and the focus is on hands-on experiential learning.

Remuneration:  Round trip economy airfare, accommodation and expenses in Belize, temporary vet license for Belize, honorarium.

Application deadline:  March 1, 2017

Apply with CV and letter of introduction to:
Dr. Nancy Adamson, Executive Director
The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad 1/31/17

Research Veterinarian, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is currently looking for a veterinarian to join its team at the research center in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. The successful candidate should have a degree in Veterinary Medicine, be qualified to work in Namibia (see detail below), be interested in livestock, dogs, horses and wildlife as well as research, and have good team working skills; Namibian resident preferred.
The animal collection includes cheetahs, livestock guarding and scat detection dogs, dairy and meat goats, sheep, cattle, and horses. The CCF veterinary clinic is equipped with a surgery room, several microscopes, an isoflurane gas anesthesia machine, a Cardell veterinary anesthesia monitor, an endoscope, an ultrasound, digital radiography equipment, in-house blood chemistry analyzers, and a DanInject dart gun for immobilizations. Dentistry work is performed by the local human dentist. The veterinarian will not only conduct clinical work but will also be part of the CCF research and outreach community.
The duties of the CCF veterinarian include:

  • managing the clinic including inventory maintenance and hygiene
  • maintaining the clinic databases and electronic records
  • planning bi-weekly health care meetings
  • supervising the veterinary technician/nurse
  • working in conjunction with the animal care staff to ensure appropriate communication
  • interacting with visitors and guests

o preventative and routine health care for the goat and sheep herd, horses livestock guarding and scat detection dogs including vaccination and parasite control protocols and treatment of medical and surgical cases
o working together with the Farms Manager and supervising management of nutrition and reproduction for the goats, sheep and dogs
o spaying and neutering the puppies of the livestock guarding dog program
o preventative and routine health care of the captive cheetahs, including vaccination and parasite control protocols and treatment of medical and surgical cases
o Participating in ongoing research as well as supervising incoming veterinary student interns for their research projects.
o Ongoing projects consist of:

  • stress and gastritis studies
  • hookworm survey in the working dogs;
  • ongoing parasitological assessment of wild cheetah scat samples;
  • parasitological survey of the captive cheetahs combined with the evaluation of efficiency of chosen deworming plans;
  • parasitological survey of wildlife at waterholes at different seasons/in different areas
  • necropsy assessment of donkeys and horses, designated to feeding
  • Laboratory research is a bonus
  • And, other aspects of animal health research

The applicant needs to be qualified to practice in Namibia. To be able to register in Namibia veterinarians need to have passed the Namibian board examination or be licensed to practice in South Africa via examination.
Individual staff housing is provided including basics of bed and cabinets. The private duplex room has two rooms and inhouse bathroom and small yard. Meals are prepared by our CCF kitchen staff and are taken in common in our dining area. During the meals CCF staff eats together with the volunteers and guests present at CCF at the time in order to contribute to the sense of community of our organization.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) veterinarian reports to the Executive Director, General Manager, and the Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research, supervises the veterinary technician and works with the cheetah keepers and Farms Manager and his staff. The opening requires a minimum one year commitment.

Dr. Laurie Marker
Executive Director
Cheetah Conservation Fund
P.O. Box 1755
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Phone - +264 (0)67306225
Cell - +264 (0)811247887

Send applications to Dr. Laurie Marker: Email -
Dr. Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel, DVM, PhD
Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research
Email –


The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared to implement training programs of their own.

This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time, between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork, and is required to have an international driver’s license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.

The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise. 

If qualified, applicants should submit the following materials through the Recruiterbox website (

  1. A current curriculum vitae, limited to 4 pages.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance. Please submit letters of recommendation via email to:
  3. Written responses to the following questions:
    1. Why are you the best candidate for our next Veterinarian In-Residence?
    2. Please describe in detail the experience you have as a clinician (any species).
    3. Please describe in detail your experience working with marine mammals. Describe experience with both live and dead marine mammals, in the wild and/or in captive care.
    4. Please describe in detail any research experience you have.
    5. Please describe current marine mammal stranding response in your country.
    6. How do you hope the IVIR program will help you to achieve your future goals? What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

 Applications are due by Friday, November 25th, 2016. A selection will be made in the beginning of January 2017.

More information about the IVIR program can be found here:

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

National Wildlife Centre
Veterinary Internship

The National Wildlife Centre’s veterinary program is national in scope and trains many wildlife veterinary students and veterinary graduates in wildlife medicine. Our primary focus is to provide the highest quality of medicine for Canadian wildlife in partnership with authorized wildlife rehabilitators across the country.

This unique position combines hands-on supervision training along with the use of innovative technology solutions to carry out a robust and diverse caseload of wildlife patients in need of diagnostics, treatments, and surgeries. The position will be based in Nova Scotia, onsite at Hope for Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The veterinary intern will be trained by the National Wildlife Centre’s medical team and work closely and collaboratively with the staff and leadership at Hope for Wildlife.

Onsite accommodation is provided. Transportation and other living expenses are not included.

The internship program is designed to provide veterinarians with hands-on experience in wildlife medicine, surgery and rehabilitation. S/he will gain experience in Canadian wildlife regarding: assessment, physical examination, stabilization, laboratory analysis options, radiography, chemical immobilization, anesthesia, common surgical procedures, basic orthopedics, current therapy (including analgesics & antibiotics used in wildlife), and necropsy examinations where appropriate. The intern will report directly to head veterinarian at the National Wildlife Centre (NWC).

Qualifications & Experience  
Because of the uniqueness of this position, there will be significant time where the intern will be mentored remotely using technology (webcam, Skype, telephone etc). The intern must be willing to travel from Nova Scotia to Ontario (expenses paid) on average once a month for approximately 2-3 days at a time, and for approximately 5 days at the beginning of the internship program for additional training. Hands-on supervised training will also be provided on-site in Nova Scotia.

Reporting to the head veterinarian, NWC, the wildlife veterinary intern is responsible for the overall health and care of wildlife patients at the wildlife rehabilitation centre. As a result, the incumbent:

  • Must have a DVM/VMD degree from an AAVMC accredited veterinary school and be eligible for licensure in the province of Nova Scotia
  • Must have completed a small animal rotating internship or have equivalent experience in medicine and surgery
  • Must have some prior experience and familiarity with wildlife handling and housing
  • Be able to work cooperatively and enthusiastically within the rehabilitation and healthcare team, including volunteers
  • Be familiar with avian, reptile, and comparative mammal anatomy, physiology and clinical pathology
  • Be able to work independently and work up cases
  • Be able to work collaboratively with peers either in person or using a technology solution (e.g. Skype)
  • Be prepared every morning to discuss cases in a systemic way (signalment, presenting complain, ddx, further dx ideal versus required/practical, treatment plan, px)
  • Be professional, punctual, and dress appropriately (scrubs or scrub top and pants that can get dirty during clinics; professional dress for external meetings/conferences)
  • Have a professional and positive attitude and a good work ethic – be a positive influence on staff & volunteers
  • Contribute in a positive way to teamwork, fostering collegial and professional relationships
  • Have an open mind to multiple ways to approach wildlife cases based on limited resources by the rehabilitators, yet without ever compromising patient care
  • Always keep the patient’s best interest in mind:  look for new opportunities to tackle old problems

Start date:         May 15,  2017
End date:           June 30, 2018
Applications are due by January 30, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Interviews to be scheduled in February, 2017.

Salary and Benefits

  • $16,000 per annum
  • Onsite accommodation in a studio apartment for the 13-month internship period is provided.
  • $500 allowance for continuing education plus up to 3 days CE paid time off
  • Nova Scotia Veterinary License paid for in 2017 and 2018 (estimated $2000)
  • 10 days vacation

 Application Process 

Please include the following with your application:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current Résumé
  • Cover letter explaining your interest and/or experience in wildlife medicine as well as your career goals
  • Three references, including contact information
  • Current proof of protective rabies titre


Sherri Cox, DVM, MBA
President, National Wildlife Centre (Canada)

Wildlife Health Residency - University of California Davis-CA Dept. Fish & WildlifeDept. Fish & Wildlife

The Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Laboratory are seeking applications for a 3-year residency position infree-ranging wildlife health, beginning July 1, 2017. In the first year, the resident will be based at CDFW working alongside state wildlife veterinarians and biologists; during the second year the resident will be based at UC Davis and enrolled in the Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) program (in epidemiology); locations and opportunities in the third year will be tailored to the needs and interests of both institutions and the resident. The resident will receive advanced training in: herd/population health monitoring and management (game and non-game); outbreak and mortality investigation; wildlife immobilization and handling; threatened and endangered species recovery; wildlife-livestock conflict; urban wildlife (including nuisance animal control); rehabilitation; toxicology; and pathology. Work will involve extensive local and statewide travel. The resident will contribute to clinical and didactic teaching of veterinary students. Upon successful completion, the resident will partially (or wholly, depending on prior work experience) fulfill requirements for sitting the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) board-certification examination.

Applicants must possess a DVM or equivalent degree; at least 1 yr post-DVM work experience and/or an internship is desirable, as is a track record of interest in and familiarity with free-ranging wildlife health. To apply, submit the following: curriculum vitae, official veterinary school transcript, a letter of intent (< 750 words), and names and contact information for three references. Please send application materials to:  Directors, Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center,UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 1089 Vet Med Drive, Bldg. VM3B, Davis, CA 95616. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2016, or until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful applicant will be informed by February 1, 2017. For additional information, email Kirsten Gilardi (, Mike Ziccardi ( or Deana Clifford (

Veterinary Internship in Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN

Spring/Summer 2017


Internship Objectives

  • To provide the Intern with hands-on experience in wildlife rehabilitation and medicine; at the end of the internship, Interns should be able to manage common wildlife rehabilitation cases in all aspects, including husbandry, common problems, treatment plans, diagnostics, anesthesia and surgery.
  • To improve the Intern’s ability to recognize and identify different species of native Minnesota wildlife, and be knowledgeable of their natural history, feeding habits, habitat requirements, and any other specialized care while in a hospital and rehabilitation setting.
  • To improve the Intern’s clinical skills working with non-domestic species, including but not limited to: venipuncture, hematology, parasitology, radiology, anesthesiology, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, wound and fracture management, drug and fluid administration, and necropsy.
  • To provide opportunities to learn more about the inner workings of a large-scale wildlife hospital.
  • To allow the Intern to engage in and improve on interpersonal skills with veterinarians, veterinary technicians, volunteers, interns, rehabilitators and members of the general public.
  • To provide the Intern with a fun and interesting learning environment!


  • Minimum requirements: applicant must be a licensed veterinarian in the US with the ability to complete the MN State Licensure exam within the first 2 weeks of starting.
  • Duration: the internship will begin March 15, 2017 and continue until September 15, 2017.  It is extremely important the intern complete the entire internship though the end of 6 months. 
  • Schedule: the intern will be scheduled 40-45 hours/week averaged over 4 weeks, and will work two out of every four weekends.  No vacation time is offered due to the short nature of this internship, however, WRC offers a flexible schedule and understands the applicant may need this flexibility when job-searching.  For the first two months, the Intern will always be working with a Staff Veterinarian except in emergency situations for the first 6 weeks.  After that, the Intern will take on more independent shifts to cover staff absences, however, will still work with Staff Veterinarians and will have access to consultation at all times. There is no on-call shifts.
  • Time division: with the goal of the internship being a fully functioning wildlife rehabilitation veterinarian, it is important that the Intern gain knowledge in all aspects of the rehabilitation process.  While working directly with a Staff Veterinarian, the Interns time will be roughly equally divided into these tasks, averaged over the entire Internship:
    • Husbandry
      • Interns will be responsible, along with Staff Veterinarians, for determining the proper husbandry for all adult patients in care.
      • Interns will be trained to feed and care for young animals in all nurseries, however, they will not have other scheduled shifts in these areas
    • Nursery rechecks
    • Adult rechecks
    • Involved procedures: whenever procedures are being performed and time allows the Intern will be included
    • Admission exams
    • Diagnostic interpretation PRN
    • Open and Closing shifts
  • Teaching: WRC has many 1st-4th year veterinary students who rotate through the center.  The Intern, along with Staff Veterinarians, will be responsible for teaching and instructing students.
  • Other activities: weekly journal rounds will be held with the Medical Staff.  The Intern will be required to complete at least one major project during the internship with the goal of publication.  The Intern is encouraged to attend all Medical Staff and Staff Meetings in order to gain a better understanding of how a large wildlife rehabilitation facility functions.
  • Compensation/benefits: A stipend of $2000 per month will be paid to the intern.  Housing is not provided.  Health insurance is not provided.


  • The applicant should email a PDF resumé, including 3 references with contact information by December 1, 2016 to Renee Schott, DVM at  Questions may also be directed here.
  • Video call or in person interviews will be scheduled for December 2016 and early January 2017.
Accepted applicant will be notified before the VIRMP withdrawal deadline  of January 21, 2017.

 Wildlife and Ecosystem Health Residency - The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - The Wilds

We are currently accepting applications for an ACZM-accredited residency in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health. This is a unique cooperative program between the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Wilds. This program will provide trainees with coursework, zoological medicine training and field experience emphasizing a One Health approach to the study of nondomestic animal health, and leading to a Master’s degree at the completion of the residency, in addition to ACZM eligibility. This new program is uniquely designed to prepare conservation medicine clinicians to advance the field through further research and training nationally and internationally.

The proposed residency program is designed to provide trainees with experience in epidemiology, zoological medicine, semi-free ranging herd medicine, coursework, and ecosystem-based field research utilitizing a 10,000-acre local field site. National and international opportunities for research and clinical experience will be available depending on the current partners and affiliations.

This is a three-year, three-phase program. Each resident will spend the first year of the program in coursework in support of the resident’s chosen area of research at the Ohio State University, as well as in orientation at the Columbus Zoo, beginning to take on clinical work in cooperation with Zoo clinicians. The second year of the residency will be spent primarily focusing on zoological medicine at the Columbus Zoo. During this year, the resident will propose and begin planning for the masters’ research. The third year of the residency will be spent primarily in residence at the Wilds, managing clinical medicine for the semi-free ranging collection and conducting research toward completion of the Master’s degree.

The program is to be directed by ACZM Diplomates at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Wilds.

To be eligible for the program, a candidate must possess a DVM or equivalent professional degree and be eligible to receive a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Ohio. Veterinarians with one or more years of experience working with zoological species will be preferentially considered.

The residency will begin August 1, 2016. Applications for this program should be submitted by October 31, 2015 and include a letter of intent, C.V., three letters of recommendation and veterinary school transcripts. Questions and applications can be directed to:, or Barbara A. Wolfe, Dept. of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 1920 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Internship Program

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park provides the opportunity for interns to learn from experts in many of the key disciplines needed to study and understand emerging zoonotic diseases: veterinary medicine, ecology, genetics, molecular diagnostics, pathology, physiology and cryobiology, and GIS/Remote Sensing

This is a paid internship opportunity wherein the intern will participate in the Smithsonian Global Health Program.
Through this internship, interns will

  • Learn to identify clinical problems encountered with free-ranging and captive zoological species and to channel collective resources necessary to address them
  • Learn to lead and conduct sampling missions internationally
  • Learn how to provide education outreach on research topics
  • Learn to collaborate on developing and improving models, surveillance and response to wildlife disease outbreaks
  • Lend veterinary expertise to emerging infectious disease projects around the world


  • Must be a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
  • Must be interested in wildlife medicine and emerging diseases.
  • Must be available to devote 40-60 hours a week, including some weekends and holidays, towards learning
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to engage within a team environment with staff, other interns, and a variety of volunteers.
  • Must be willing to be outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be flexible and have a good sense of humor.
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to stand, stoop, climb, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking on and off microphone.
  • Must be fingerprinted and pass a background check.
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience working and traveling in developing countries in Central Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with previous wildlife experience.

This is a paid internship.

Rock Creek-Washington, D.C.

The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C. area.

The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns. 

A six month internship is available for the first part of the year (January 15-June 30), with the likelihood of being extended another six months (December 15). Start and end dates are flexible in order to coordinate with university and individual schedules.

To apply, go to:” Select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here" complete the information to create an account. 

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Degrees held or expected
  • Two letters of reference (One must be from a current or a former supervisor)
  • Schedule of availability

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “Rock Creek – McCarter Global Health”

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.

Please email Sherri Divband ( regarding the Global Health Internship. Phones calls will NOT be accepted.

(Posted 8/19/15)

Tufts Veterinary Internship in Wildlife & Conservation Medicine

The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (TCSVM), offers two paid internships in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at its Wildlife Clinic housed in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building on Tufts' North Grafton, MA campus.    

The Wildlife Clinic provides diagnostic, surgical, and professional services for diverse wildlife species native to New England.  The Clinic serves the six New England states. 

The intern will spend the majority of her/his time on clinical service.  Duties will include assisting with all aspects of patient care at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic including record-keeping, medical diagnostics, surgery, necropsy and emergency duty. In these activities, interns will assist clinicians on duty in teaching and supervising of fourth year students on rotation in the Clinic.  The intern will have major responsibility for the supervision of the animal health program at the Ecotarium, a small regional zoo.  Interns will be expected to be active participants in daily rounds and to participate in ongoing Clinic research programs.  Interns will also gain teaching experience by assisting Wildlife Clinic faculty with core, elective and continuing education courses.
Candidates for the internship must possess the DVM, VMD or equivalent degree. Applicants must be graduates of AAVMC accredited veterinary schools.  Interest or experience in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management, pathology, toxicology or related disciplines is a plus.   

Candidates should be committed to participating in and fostering close teamwork and must be able to demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.

Tufts University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Qualified women, minority candidates and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure
Interested applicants should submit the following (either hard copy or email):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest, indicating career goals
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official veterinary school academic transcript

Important dates:  All applications must be received by October 23, 2015. Selected candidates will be required to travel to Tufts for interviews in November and December, with final selection made before January 15, 2016.  The first internship will run from June 13, 2016 until June 30, 2017. The second internship will run from July 11, 2016 until July 31, 2017.

Applications should be submitted to:
              Flo Tseng, DVM                            
              Wildlife Clinic, TCSVM
              200 Westboro Rd.
              N. Grafton, MA  01536

Veterinary Fellowship in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine
The Wildlife Center of Virginia


The Wildlife Center of Virginia is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife medicine.  The Wildlife Center’s veterinary program provides clinical care to 2,500 patients annually, has trained veterinary students and professional from every veterinary school in the U.S. and Canada and 35+ other countries, and is leading development of new strategies for wildlife disease surveillance. 

The Wildlife Center is currently accepting applications from experienced veterinarians wishing to pursue a two-year fellowship in wildlife and conservation medicine commencing July 1, 2014. 


  • Provide state-of-the-art veterinary care to the Center’s 2,500 wildlife patients each year.  [Will require some overnight on-call responsibilities.]
  • Work closely with other veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and wildlife rehabilitators. 
  • Play a leadership role in the management of the Wildlife Center’s clinical program, including supervising and mentoring other members of the staff.
  • Play a leadership role in mentoring and providing professional development opportunities, experience, and training for a veterinary intern, fourth-year veterinary students, and others.   
  • Assist in the development of new strategies for wildlife disease surveillance and response.
  • Lead or assist in research projects that advance wildlife veterinary medicine. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Wildlife Center with the media, professional organizations, and wildlife rehabilitators. 


  • Must have a DVM [VMD] degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and be eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Clinical experience in wildlife/zoological medicine required.
  • Strong preference given to candidates who are board certified or eligible for board certification in relevant fields.
  • Post-doctoral training/graduate degree preferred.
  • Supervisory and training experience required.
  • Strong interest in wildlife and working with animals required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team player with the ability to work independently
  • Flexible with the ability to adapt to a dynamic environment
  • Even tempered, ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds

Duration of Employment: July 1st, 2014 – July 1st, 2016
Salary: Year 1 - $38,000; Year 2 - $42,000
Application Deadline: February 19th, 2014
For a full job description, please visit under job openings.


Please send a cover letter, résumé and list of 3 references to:

Office Manager
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Post Office Box 1557
Waynesboro, VA 22980                                                                                                            

Houston Zoo Internship

The Houston Zoo is seeking a Veterinary Student Intern for our Houston Toad Conservation Program for the summer of 2014. This is an opportunity to work with one of the most endangered amphibians in the United States. Applicants that have completed one to two years of veterinary education and have an interest in non-domestic or zoo animal medicine are preferred. Apply by April 15, 2014.

The successful candidate will participate in the husbandry of captive Houston toads and work with zoo veterinarians and conservation biologists to design, implement, and complete a research project relating to the Houston toad program.

 General Job Description:

  • Routine husbandry of Houston toads including feeding, cleaning, and record keeping to get baseline knowledge of husbandry and toad biology.
  • Potential participation in hormone-assisted captive propagation program.
  • Once familiarized with program, selection of a research project of interest, design and implementation of project.

o Potential project topics include but are not limited to pathology and disease surveillance/reporting, reproduction, or standardized health assessments of captive Houston toads.
o Mentorship and supervision will be available but the success of the research project will be dependent primarily on the Houston Toad Veterinary Intern.
o A motivated intern with a solid project has the potential to turn this research into a peer-reviewed publication.

This is a full time summer internship, for the months of May-August, exact start and finish dates are negotiable. Hours will generally be from 7 to 4 pm, 5 days a week. Hours may vary throughout the internship depending on the nature of the research project.

There is no compensation for this position. Cost of supplies related to research project will be covered by the Houston Zoo. Temporary summer housing with zoo staff may be available for a fee. The intern must provide his or her own transportation to and from the zoo.

Contact Dr. Lauren Howard, Associate Veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, for information and details on applying:, office: (713) 533 6630

University of Illinois - College of Veterinary Medicine - Zoological Pathology Program

Residency Training in Zoo and Wildlife Pathology (1 position).  The Zoological Pathology Program/Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applications for a training position in Zoo and Wildlife Pathology.  The 3-year program is designed to provide training and experience to prepare the resident for a career in zoo, wildlife, avian, or aquatic animal pathology.  Residents will be eligible for the anatomic pathology certification examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and for a Master’s degree upon successful completion of the program.  This training program provides exposure to an extraordinary array of species from Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, John G. Shedd Aquarium as well as local (Cook County Forest Preserve District) and national wildlife agencies and training in domestic animal pathology at the VDL.  The program also offers the potential for Ph.D. opportunities through the various allied universities.  Starting stipend is $39,350.00.   Tuition and most University fees are waived and standard University employee health insurance benefits are included.  Applications should be received by November 1, 2013 to receive fullest consideration.  Anticipated start date is on or about August 1, 2014. 

Interested applicants should submit a resume, veterinary college transcripts, letter of career goals, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Karen Terio, Chair, Zoo Resident Search Committee, LUMC Bldg 101 Rm 0745, 2160 S First Ave, Maywood, IL 60153, phone: 708-216-1185, Fax: 708-216-5934, or email:
The University of Illinois is an AA/EOE.

The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC) - Wildlife Medicine Interships and Externships

The Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic (BWRC) welcomes prospective interns and externs with a strong interest in conservation and Wildlife Veterinary Medicine. Depending on educational and experience level, internships may range from introductory, to more specialized. As such, internships are available for students ranging from pre-veterinary to veterinary and graduate students. Externships are designed for 3rd or 4th year veterinary students conducting clinical rotations in Wildlife & Zoo medicine. Please contact BWRC's internship manager, Justin Ford to apply.

Please note that we also offer externships, or clinical rotations for veterinary students.

Residency in Wildlife Health and Zoo Medicine - University of Montreal

The Département de sciences cliniques, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, is offering a residency position in Wildlife and Zoo Health Management. This residency is a 3-year post-graduate program in the field of free-ranging and captive wildlife health management, including diagnostic pathology. The resident will participate in the activities of the CCWHC – Quebec Regional Center. For more information see the posting on the following sites:

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota

The Raptor Center is offering a veterinary medical internship to gain additional avian experience through supervised, hands-on clinical experience.  You must apply online at the University of Minnesota's employment site.  The job opening number is 315403

Established in 1974, the Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. In addition to treating more than 800 birds a year, we provide training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, reach more than 250,000 people each year through public education programs and events, and identify emerging issues related to raptor health and populations.


DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA-accredited College of Veterinary Medicine or ECFVG certification. Applicant must also have taken and passed the NAVLE test be eligible to secure a Minnesota veterinary license. A TOEFL score is required for non-native English speakers.


Receives benefits as defined for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Intern and in keeping with meeting any specified eligibility requirements.


The primary duties and responsibilities of the intern include a broad spectrum of activities related to gaining clinical experience. Interns manage cases under the supervision of faculty and assist with all aspects of clinical care of raptors, including captive management, capture and restraint, anesthesia, diagnostics, necropsy, record-keeping and research projects. Interns provide assistance in the instruction and supervision of undergraduate veterinary students; provide emergency care during non-scheduled hours and participate in departmental seminar series as expected.

Veterinary Internship and Externship in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Medicine - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel , Florida

Facility: CROW is a non-profit wildlife hospital that provides care for over 4,400 injured, sick and orphaned Florida wildlife patients each year, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Integrative medicine, including use of acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese herbal therapy, and traditional western veterinary medicine, complements rehabilitation techniques.


Description: CROW is offering a one year internship in wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. The intern will work alongside the rehabilitation staff, including one full time veterinarian, rehabilitators, students and volunteers. Involvement will include patient admittances, treatment administration, surgery, anesthesia, necropsy, appropriate cage and diet preparation, husbandry, and record-keeping. Learning opportunities also include after-hours emergency admittances and infant bird and mammal care. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in daily rounds sessions, as well as help to teach and coordinate students, fellows, and volunteers.

Qualifications: A DVM or equivalent is required, as is US citizenship. A working interview will be included as part of the application process.

Payment: $10,000/year stipend, on-campus housing, and health insurance are provided.

Length: One year, beginning immediately.

Extern for Vet students and/or Natural Sciences students

Description: Externs participate in most aspects of the clinic’s work of no more than 55 hrs/wk, currently treating 200 to 300 patients/week. Concentration on the entire rehab process from admittance through release. Opportunity to work with a full-time veterinarian. Over 4400 patients/year, native and migratory wildlife. 200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles. All year, housing provided, no stipend, no insurance.

Equipment: Isoflurane, digital radiology, hematology, incubators, nebulizer.

Contact: Dr. Amber McNamara PO Box 150 , Sanibel , FL 33957 E-mail: ava@crowclinic.orgWebsite:

Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities

Postgraduate Fellowship Position in Wildlife Anatomic Pathology - University of Wisconsin, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

The Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in association with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, seeks applicants for a postgraduate fellowship position in wildlife anatomic pathology effective July 1, 2017.  This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.  Minimum qualifications include a DVM/VMD or equivalent degree, completion of an anatomic veterinary pathology residency training program, and ACVP or equivalent board certification or eligibility.  Preference will be given to individuals with prior wildlife pathology experience who are Diplomates of the ACVP or equivalent.   Successful candidates will be required to pass a federal background investigation.

Primary responsibilities include participation in diagnostic pathology service, including gross and histopathologic evaluation of animals from wildlife mortality events and research collaborations.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct independent or collaborative research on wildlife disease.  The fellow will also participate in the instructional program for residents in anatomic pathology.  

"Please send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, the names of three individuals who can provide references and veterinary transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to:

Dr. Howard Steinberg, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, (608) 265-2473,


Wildlife Pathology Fellow, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (CVM) invites applications for a 12-month fellowship in wildlife pathology with the New York State Cooperative Wildlife Health Program. This program is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the CVM. It focuses on wildlife disease surveillance, disease research and support of NYSDEC policy and staff needs related to wildlife health. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct necropsies and review biopsies for submitted wildlife cases and assist with teaching and supervision of residents, students and trainees. The candidate also will be expected to engage in a research project related to wildlife health which can be tailored to personal interests. Scheduling may be flexible to accommodate board certification studies. The University offers an exciting work environment with opportunities for innovative research, outreach, and collaborations with faculty and external partners active in public health, epidemiology, international conservation work, sustainability, and field ecology.

Applicants must have a DVM degree (or equivalent) and have completed a residency in anatomic pathology. Board certification is a plus but board-eligible applicants will be considered. The successful candidate will have a strong diagnostic pathology background, broad interests in wildlife disease and excellent interpersonal skills.
For more information, please email Wildlife Health Program coordinators Dr. Elizabeth Bunting ( or Dr. Krysten Schuler ( or call 607 253 3900. Prospective candidates should upload their application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of interests [max. 4 pages]) together with the names of 3 references to We will begin considering complete applications on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interests
  • Names of Three References 6/14/2016

PhD Position in Wildlife and Vector‐borne Diseases

A 3‐year PhD position is available (pending funding) commencing September of 2016 in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Nemeth, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This PhD position will involve assessing the risk of Orbivirus (i.e., epizootic hemorrhagic disease [EHDV] and bluetongue viruses [BTV]) incursion and establishment in Ontario, Canada through data collection and analysis on vector composition, abundance, distribution, and seasonality in livestock‐ and deer‐utilized habitats, as well as serologic evidence of orbivirus transmission in cattle and deer in high‐risk areas of Ontario. The goals of the research are to: 1) better understand the potential threat of EHDV and BTV to cattle, sheep, and farmed and free‐ranging deer in Ontario; 2) elucidate the potential pathways of virus transmission to livestock and deer using a qualitative risk assessment framework for EHDV and BTV establishment in Ontario; and 3) establish a current baseline of orbivirus activity in southern Ontario.

The research will involve a combination of field and laboratory work, as well as data management, interpretation and analyses, including but not limited to vector trapping and Culicoides spp. identification, coordination and participation in blood collection from cattle and deer, the use of geographic information software (GIS), spatial analysis, and application of a qualitative health risk assessment. The graduate student will serve as a liaison between stakeholders and collaborators in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, livestock industry partners (dairy and beef cattle and sheep), Brock University, as well the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and others.

Students must provide stipend funding, which may be available as scholarships through the Ontario Veterinary College or other opportunities, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) HQP scholarship. Please contact Donna Kangas (contact information below) for details.

An MSc or outstanding undergraduate record is required; a DVM is desirable, but not required. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2016 or until a suitable candidate is found.

Additional information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found at:‐2014/gradprog/path‐msc.shtml 810327&action_id=choose

Further inquiries can be directed to Ms. Donna Kangas, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, NI G 2WI, Canada; phone 519‐ 824‐4120 ext. 54725; e‐mail:

Research‐related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicole Nemeth (

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology - UC Davis

Position Summary: UC Davis One Health Institute is offering a 2-4 year fellowship in emerging infectious disease epidemiology to provide advanced training in infectious disease epidemiology and the ecology of emerging diseases at the animal-human interface.

Position Scope: The One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California is leading scientific initiatives all over the world to solve complex problems that impact health and conservation. We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on epidemiologic and modeling activities to identify patterns in infectious diseases emerging at the animal-human interface, with special focus on ecology of diseases with wildlife reservoirs. Primary activities relate to epidemiologic studies underway to inform on the biosurveillance and global health policy, and the Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project which, together with a consortium of partners, implements surveillance activities to detect zoonotic pathogens with pandemic potential in Asia and Africa.


  • Research activities to inform on zoonotic disease surveillance, characterize biological and ecological risk for animal-to-human disease transmission in high-risk settings, and understand global patterns in emerging infectious diseases.
  • Develop methods and analyses to evaluate surveillance strategies to detect zoonotic pathogens at high risk interfaces for disease emergence;
  • Analyze metadata on emerging zoonotic diseases, high-risk human-animal contact, and ecological risk and conduct data analyses needed to train models for emerging disease prediction;
  • Develop advanced analytical techniques and associated programming capabilities for infectious disease modeling, predictive frameworks, and social network analyses;
  • Conduct independent research and produce high quality scientific manuscripts related to biosurveillance and emerging infectious disease.


  • Provide disease expertise, technical support, data analyses, and data-sharing tools for zoonotic disease prediction and biosurveillance projects;
  • Provide epidemiologic expertise to field staff in other countries on study design, data collection, data management, data analysis and interpretation, and publication preparation;
  • Contribute to regular summaries of surveillance data, assist in development of data collection and data management tools; and ensure open communication and coordination with international partners in project implementation;
  • Travel to work with field staff, participate in field activities, and participate in logistic and/or scientific meetings as needed.

Skills needed: Background in infectious disease epidemiology or disease ecology and strong quantitative skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, and mathematical modeling with knowledge of animal health and wildlife disease. Experience with statistical software including R and STATA, as well as ability to write code for programming, including Python. Experience conducting independent, applied scientific research on infectious diseases and promising publication track record.

Education: PhD in biology, ecology, epidemiology, or related life-science (required)

Application: Please email cover letter and CV by September 8th to: Christine Kreuder Johnson, VMD, PhD ; Professor of Ecosystem Health and Epidemiology; EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics | One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616; 530-752-1238 (8/25/15)

 PhD position in Epidemiology -University of Montreal

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Title: Climate change and the spread of zoonotic parasites in marine ecosystems of Nunavik (Northern Quebec).

Project summary: Context: Wildlife are valued for their cultural, nutritional, economic and environmental values by northern communities in Canada. Although wildlife provide many benefits in terms of food security, they may pose risks to human health as a source of zoonotic pathogens (transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa). Several studies show that Inuit people in the communities of Nunavik (Northern Quebec) are at greater risk of exposure to parasites such as Toxoplasma and Trichinella compared to the rest of the Quebec population. The consumption of raw meat of marine mammals, including walrus and seal, is a recognized source of infestation by these parasites. Global warming, a particularly important factor in the major changes faced by the Arctic environment, may influence the transmission dynamics of Trichinella and Toxoplasma, especially their spread in the aquatic environment. For example, the overall increase in temperatures could favor the survival of these parasites and globally change the distribution, land use and predator-prey relationships of their hosts; changes in rainfall regimes and snowmelt alter their mobilization and spread in the environment in surface water and groundwater.

Objectives: This modeling project aims to predict areas of high environmental risk for exposure of marine mammals to Toxoplasma and Trichinella, in the context of global warming, and as a consequence the northern communities at risk of infection via hunting the marine mammals. As part of his/her PhD, the student will participate in the development of mathematical and statistical models of propagation of these parasites, integrating field data from monitoring and scientific projects and regional climate model data.

Research team: The student's project is part of a global project to better assess and predict the risk of exposure to diseases of wildlife of importance to public health in Nunavik, in order to develop culturally appropriate strategies of monitoring and control. A multidisciplinary research team, working in the fields of public health, modeling, ecology, parasitology, climatology, and anthropology, will offer the student a rich and stimulating work environment. Specifically for this project, the research team consists of professors and researchers of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the University of Quebec in Montreal (Centre for the Study and the Climate Simulation at the Regional Scale, ESCER).

Candidate’s profile:

  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, Mathematics, Ecology, Hydrology
  •  First degree in veterinary medicine, engineering, medicine, science (Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Mathematics)


  • Good scientific writing and communication skills
  • Good knowledge in statistics and experience in use of statistical (R, SAS, STATA) and geomatics (ArcView, Qgis) software
  • Interest in modeling
  • Knowledge of epidemiology


  • Ability to review, synthesize and analyze large amounts of scientific literature and complex information/data
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as part of a team

Terms: Duration: 3 years; starting as early as possible Funding: the student will be partially funded by ArcticNet grant for a period of 2 years; the student will be called to complete scholarship applications from granting agencies or others. Director: Nicholas Ogden, co-directed by Philippe Gachon and Patrick Leighton To apply: Please send to a cover letter (one page), a CV, the latest university transcript and a list of two references (name and contact details).

Closing date: Position is open until filled. (posted 8/12/2015)

Postdoctoral Researcher in Wildlife Infectious Disease Ecology – The University of Georgia


We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team at the University of Georgia studying the consequences of human-provided resources for the cross-scale dynamics of an enteric pathogen (Salmonella) in White Ibis inhabiting urban and natural environments in South Florida. The position, funded by an NSF EEID grant, will be based in the laboratory of PI Sonia M. Hernandez (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the College of Veterinary Medicine) and will also work closely with co-PIs and collaborators in the Odum School of Ecology, College of Public Health, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Project background: Urbanization has caused wildlife declines and biodiversity loss, but some species benefit from resources offered by human-altered habitats, with consequences for the dynamics of infectious diseases. The goal of the project is to examine how wildlife use of anthropogenic resources influences pathogen dynamics across organizational scales, from the colonization of individual hosts to transmission across the landscape. Our research focuses on interactions between Salmonella and White Ibis (a wading bird species) in South Florida. Activities integrate field, experimental and modeling approaches to address processes at three scales: (1) individual host susceptibility, pathogen shedding, and recovery, (2) local-scale transmission dynamics, and (3) pathogen transmission and impacts on hosts at the landscape level. A general modeling framework will be developed to examine the net consequences of provisioning for disease dynamics, and will be informed by fieldwork and laboratory experiments to estimate key parameters.

Qualifications: We seek an enthusiastic, motivated, independent individual with a strong work ethic who has demonstrated experience and future interest in studying wildlife health and wildlife infectious diseases at the population and individual levels. Candidates should have a DVM or a PhD in epidemiology, ecology, microbiology, infectious diseases, or related fields. Strong written and oral communication skills and a track record of publications are required. Other desired skills include: 1) ability to work independently in the field, under periodically challenging conditions, and coordinate a team to capture and handle birds, 2) ability to manage a colony of captive birds, 3) experience in microbiology, including culture, phenotypic and molecular identification of enteric pathogens, 4) an understanding of stress physiology and immune function in vertebrates, 5) some familiarity with population ecology and infectious disease modeling, 6) an understanding of spatial ecology and GIS-based approaches.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will be based in Dr. Sonia M. Hernandez’s laboratory at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. The postdoc will also work in other laboratories associated with this project to perform a subset of the following approaches: Salmonella isolation and genotyping, characterizing the enteric microbiome, spatial ecology and the use of GIS, immune function assays, and integrating empirical findings with infectious disease modeling. Other project collaborators include Drs. Richard Hall, Sonia Altizer, Kristen Navara, Erin Lipp, Michael Yabsley and Emily Lankau. Collectively, the University of Georgia supports a vibrant community of infectious disease ecologists/specialists. The postdoc will have primary responsibility for co-supervising the fieldwork and captive experiments together with Hernandez. During years 1-2, the postdoc will travel several times per year to field sites in South FL. Starting in Yrs 2-3, the postdoc will help establish and manage a colony of captive birds for experimental work. The postdoc will also participate in meetings with all project collaborators and students to review progress and goals, and will assist in mentoring project personnel, especially graduate students and undergraduates.

Application: To apply, candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing background and interest relevant to the project and include a separate statement of research experience and interests; (2) an academic CV; (3) three letters of recommendation from three professional references that can specifically attest to the applicant’s interests, work ethic, skills and motivation for a career in wildlife diseases and disease ecology. Application screening will begin on June 15th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The preferred start date is August 15th, 2015. A competitive salary will be offered that is commensurate with experience. Please email with any questions. 6/19/15

MSc student in Molecular Biology – Animal TB Group, Stellenbosch University (11/20/14)

Prof. Michele Miller and Dr. Sven Parsons are seeking a motivated MSc student to join the Animal TB Group in the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg campus early in 2015.  A bursary and project funding are supported by the NRF.  A successful candidate must have a strong biology background, preferably with molecular biology experience.

 The proposed project is entitled “Investigation of TB Epidemiology and Host Immune Responses in Warthogs”.  Warthogs are known to become infected with Mycobacterium bovis and may serve as potential maintenance hosts.  There are currently no diagnostic tests available for detection of infection in living animals.  This project will investigate serological and cell-mediated immunoassays that may be developed as tools to better understand the epidemiology of this disease in warthogs and provide methods for screening populations.  Methods to identify mycobacterial DNA after extraction from environmental samples will be developed to investigate disease transmission.  Adaptation of techniques used in wild boars as well as novel molecular and cellular methods will be used.  

 The student will develop expertise in the following techniques:  ELISA; cytokine release assays; RNA extraction and reverse transcription; primer design; real time quantitative PCR; DNA sequence analysis; among other methods as required. The student will also be involved in field work to collect and process samples.

 The Animal TB Group is under the leadership of the NRF South African Research Chair in Animal Tuberculosis, which is part of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research/MRC Centre for TB Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Tygerberg (  

 The student will join other graduate students studying various aspects of TB in meerkats, lions, buffalo, kudu, and cattle. The comparative approach to this disease and the host responses will provide an exciting and challenging field in which all the members can make valuable contributions. Being placed within a larger TB research group will provide unparalleled access to intellectual and technical resources and mentoring.

 If interested, please contact:

Prof. Michele Miller – email:

Dr. Sven Parsons – email:

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for two new graduate student positions to begin in Summer (ideally) or Fall 2015. We are looking for independent, self-motivated students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we seek to fill positions related to two projects:

1. The community ecology of disease: this project aims to understand how interactions
among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission
and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among
micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites
(predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork
on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton,
waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).

2. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long
Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and
reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to
understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and
invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student
would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the
project’s overall goals.

If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (

- Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores
- Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work
already being pursued in the lab.
- Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.
- Post-graduate career plans.
- Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.
- Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).

For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab
webpage For more general
information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the
departmental website (10/27)

Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) - School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University
One year full time (the program can be undertaken in part-time mode)

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) can be undertaken by distance education or at the Murdoch University Campus. This program is available to veterinarians resident in Australia or overseas.  The program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. 

Conservation medicine is an emerging discipline that involves the integration of veterinary science, conservation biology and public health in order to: advance biodiversity conservation; address issues associated with the inter-relationships between human, animal and ecosystem health; and study the effects of global environmental change on these health inter-relationships. There is increasing recognition that veterinarians have an important role to play within interdisciplinary teams working on environmental conservation projects. 

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) will provide veterinarians with training and expertise, which can be applied in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects. The program may be entirely coursework based or may involve a placement with a conservation project either in Australia or overseas.

Further information on the Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) can be accessed at:

Administrative queries related to this program and the application process should be directed to: Ann Glaskin, Postgraduate Studies in Conservation Medicine, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University  or  (+ 61 8) 9360 2640

MS in Conservation Medicine - Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - Massachusetts

The continued emergence of new diseases from wild animals, the effects of human activities on endangered species, and the impact of climate change on biodiversity are just a few of the topics that are examined in Tufts University’s Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program.  MCM is a one-year master’s program designed to give you the skills to make a difference in worldwide conservation efforts.

Tufts University’s program in Conservation Medicine is an intensive 12-month professional master’s degree.  It is designed to provide graduates with foundational knowledge in the various contributing fields of conservation medicine and develop skills necessary for successful implementation of real world conservation efforts.   The MS in Conservation Medicine seeks a diversity of backgrounds, including; veterinarians, natural and social scientists, engineers, public health and medical professionals, epidemiologists, lawyers, policy and wildlife professionals, and others interested in applying their expertise to conservation medicine issues.

Interested students are welcomed to schedule a visit or phone call with the Program Director, please email:
The application deadline is April 1st.

For more information and to apply on-line visit our MCM program website at:
Learn more about Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at:


Eko Tracks – Veterinary Student Opportunity in Africa

Eko Tracks offers a special interest course designed for students in veterinary science where you will meet and interact with wildlife veterinarians in South Africa , hands-on. Learn about the crucial role of veterinarians in the growing wildlife industry by participating in game capture operations, field and lab work. This course focuses on wildlife veterinary science, wildlife diseases and medicine, capture and care of wild animals, breeding of rare species, wildlife rehabilitation, ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.

Program highlights are a visit to the Onderstepoort Veterinary School , local community veterinary services and various wildlife rehabilitation centers where orphaned and injured wild animals are treated and cared for. Life in the bush, learning practical bush skills, tracking wildlife on foot and study wildlife behavior is an experience of a life time. Travel through the spectacular Drakensberg Escarpment while descending to the world famous Kruger National Park and spend a few days in this wildlife wonder of Africa . The highlight for veterinary students is to participate in hands-on game capture few people ever get to experience.

Eko Tracks, your agent in the USA is booking study abroad trips for the 2015 season now. Get a head start at this once in a life time educational experience and read more on Application forms are downloadable.

Contact information: Werner Dörgeloh (PhD Wildlife Management);   Tel/Fax (919) 290-2832 and 11/10/14

Student Externship Opportunities

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel , Florida


International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Humane Society of the United States Cape Wildlife Center
in Barnstable, Massachusetts

Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife Externship

The UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife joint externship in wildlife health is currently accepting applications from third year veterinary students interested in externships in 2015-2016. The deadline is September 1st. More information can be found at

ARCAS, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Peten, Guatemala - Veterinary externships, volunteer opportunities with tropical orphaned wildlife

The ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, located on the edge of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, in Peten, Guatemala, hosts over six hundred animals from the confiscations of illegal traffickers. Placing these animals through our IUCN based and HIS approved protocols of rehabilitation to REINTRODUCE them to their natural habitat.

Species include spider and howler monkeys, parrots, macaws, toucans, coatis, raccoons, otters, turtles, crocodiles, among others. We are opening externship programs aimed at veterinary students and veterinary technicians with a strong emphasis on wild animal handling, preventive, emergency and field medicine. Three programs are available, 2, 4, and 6 weeks. We encourage prospective participants to talk to your university supervisors to gain credit over the experience.

Participants will have direct contact with most of the species, will assist in treatments, conduct necropsies, receive lectures on wildlife medicine and management, capture, handle, perform physical examinations, administer treatments and monitor patients. Also, we participate in the general maintenance of the rescue centers facilities.

•For the year 2015, courses will start the first Monday of February, April, June, August, October; the participant should arrive the day before.
•Participants should be fluent in English and/or Spanish (it is recommended to be bilingual but not mandatory).
•Participants should have medical insurance up to date.
•Up-to-date vaccinations for rabies, tetanus, hepatitis. (Although we have not had a single case of any of these diseases, they are zoonoses, so it’s recommended to have them; consult with your local physician on other precautions)
•We are a low risk Malaria area, and mid risk Dengue area FOR MORE INFORMATION (Cost, travel arrangement, program details):

Visit us at: and

Wildlife Medicine Externship -  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

WRCMN is a full-service emergency wildlife hospital that treats approximately 8500 injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals annually, representing 160 different species. With a year-round staff of 10, including 2 veterinarians and 3 veterinary technicians, WRC is the busiest and largest wild animal hospital in the nation. We are equipped with a surgery suite, ultrasound, endoscopy, radiology, and do most labwork in-house.

Externs will spend 40-45 hours/week in the treatment room working alongside the veterinarians assisting with admission and physical exams of new patients, fracture immobilization, wound care, drug and fluid administration, radiographic interpretation, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, hematology analysis, and physical therapy.

Case load May-September is 50-100 new cases/day. October-April is 5-50 new cases/day.

Externship length minimum is 2 weeks. Housing is not provided, but information regarding nearby extended stay hotels and university housing is provided.

Summer positions fill up quickly, so apply early! Interested applicants should send a copy of their current CV and requested dates to Leslie Reed, DVM at

For more information about WRC, visit our website at:

Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center

Program:  Wildlife Medicine Externship
Company Name:         California Wildlife Center
Department:               CWC Hospital
Mailing Address:        P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, CA  90265

 Program Description:
Discussions will be held each week, covering various medical subjects such as physical exams, anesthesia, emergency/critical care, wound and fracture management, the central nervous system and necropsies.  Instructional material will be utilized daily with our hospital cases.  Hands-on exposure to soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, radiology, and other diagnostic modalities occur on a daily basis, with the amount of direct participation dependant upon individual abilities.  Participants are also required to complete and present a short independent project that will be presented on the last day of their externship (guidance and assistance will be given).  Supplemental lectures and journal discussions are also held, time permitting.

While the emphasis will be on the medical aspect, you will also receive exposure to wildlife rehabilitation, including topics such as animal natural histories, handling, performing treatments, animal care, feeding, and the release of animals. 

Housing and transportation are generally the responsibility of the extern.   There may be on-premises housing available on a first come, first served basis (a small fee may apply).  A vehicle and driver’s license are highly recommended.

The applicant must be over 20 years old and it is recommended that applicants have completed college level courses in Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and/or other related courses so that they will be able to get the most out of this program.  Experience in wildlife rehabilitation and/or domestic animal veterinary clinics is highly recommended.  Veterinary students, pre-veterinary applicants, as well as those applicants that demonstrate a prolonged interest and a career in wildlife medicine will be given priority, usually in that order.  The applicant must have had a tetanus shot/booster within the past 10 years.  Rabies vaccination is not required, but is recommended so that you might be able to participate with rabies vector species.

Please submit a letter of intent, resume, and (2) professional letters of recommendation.  The letter of intent and resume may be submitted via email.  Recommendations may also be submitted via email if from an educational/regulatory extension (.gov, .edu).  For qualified applicants, an interview (in-person or via phone) will be scheduled.

Thank you for your interest.  Please submit your applications/questions to:

Duane Tom, DVM
Director of Animal Care
California Wildlife Center
P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, CA  90265

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

A four to six-week preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine is being offered to interested veterinary students by the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Preceptors will train with the Veterinary Services Department in all phases of the clinical practice, but have opportunities for interaction with the Crane Conservation Department to learn captive propagation, husbandry and management of this unique family of birds. Preceptors can expect to gain practical experience in crane capture, transport, anesthesia, preventive medicine, disease surveillance and the contribution of veterinary medicine to crane conservation including field project support and professional consultations. Preceptors are encouraged to complete and report on a research or laboratory project during their stay. Opportunities for visiting the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI will be made available to interested preceptors.

No stipend is available for this position; however, on-site housing in the ICF Guesthouse will be provided depending on availability at the time the preceptorship is scheduled.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member of their home institution to: Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services, International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, WI 53913.

Contact: Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services
Phone: 608/356-9462

Externship opportunity - Wildlife Clinic, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program): Tufts Wildlife Clinic is a full service wildlife hospital with two staff clinicians, intern, and veterinary technician.  Externs work with Tufts students to assume primary responsibility for case management of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife.  The Wildlife Clinic admits approximately 1600 cases/year; approximately 60% birds, 25% mammals, 10- 15% reptiles and amphibians.  

Responsibilities: Patient admissions, diagnostic procedures, medical/surgical procedures, record keeping, necropsies, animal husbandry, emergency on call duty, one grand rounds presentation. 

Duration:  2-4 weeks from May-September

Application Requests: Letter of interest, current CV, two letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: Fall of previous year

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations

Contact:  Flo Tseng, DVM,  Director, Phone:  508-839-7918,, FAX:    508-839-7930

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

For upcoming courses see:

Related Job, Training, and Education Links

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center




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