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State and Federal Employers

Wildlife Health Lab Biologist – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


 This position is with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife located in Corvallis, Oregon at the South Willamette Watershed District Office and the Wildlife Health and Population Laboratory.

This is a full time, limited duration position through June 30, 2017.
Salary range: $3,045.00 - $4,423.00 Monthly

The Wildlife Health Lab Biologist will assist in work duties supporting Wildlife Health and Population Laboratories, specifically working to support the program manager, district veterinarian and population biologist. S/he will also work, at times, in conjunction with the Lab Office Specialist to complete tasks related to database entry and management, office coverage, phone coverage, etc. This position will split working duties between the population lab program and wildlife health program. Major duties and responsibilities are to:

• Assemble sampling kits and prepare tooth samples collected from elk, deer, pronghorn, bear, cougar, bobcat, river otter and marten for cementum analysis. Prepare tooth envelopes and accession lists for each individual tooth submitted for cementum analysis. Examine and prepare tooth samples, reproductive tracts, udders and kidneys of wildlife to determine age, pregnancy rates, litter size, conception dates, lactation rates and body condition. Perform data collection protocols for mandatory check in by hunters/trappers for cougar, bear, bobcat, river otter and marten. Examine uteri and ovaries of bear and cougar to determine reproductive rates via counts of placental scars, corpora lutea and follicles to determine pregnancy rates and litter size.

• Perform mandatory check-in by hunters/trappers for cougar, bear, bobcat, river otter and marten. Record and collect all necessary data for each species and affix a department ownership tag/seal to each animal pelt/carcass.

• Enter data into population lab database/spreadsheet programs. Enter morbidity and mortality data into Wildlife Health Database. Summarize and analyze data and write reports and/or respond with emails to field biologists and headquarters as requested. Interact with the public on a wide variety of wildlife topics. Collect and deliver animal carcasses or samples to Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Assist with live animal care, capture and transport. Assist department veterinarians with marine mammal anesthesia and necropsies. 

• Assist department veterinarians with collection and processing of samples for surveillance and monitoring for various wildlife diseases including Chronic Wasting Disease, white-nose syndrome and avian morbidity and mortality events. Surveillance and response as part of the health lab team for wildlife disease related to morbidity and mortality events with a focus on white-nose syndrome surveys and avian mortality events. Perform collection of tissue or blood samples from wildlife species for genetic testing or banking. Perform general necropsies of animals and assist in determining cause of death. Assist with collections of muscle tissue or blood samples from wildlife species for genetic testing or banking.

• Compile and analyze data as directed on chronic wasting disease, white-nose syndrome and avian morbidity and mortality reports for inclusion in wildlife health reports. Assist with report writing as needed and directed by the program manager.

• Manage carcass and sample inventory in walk in cooler, walk in freezer and cryogenic freezer. Maintain field equipment. Conduct literature searches or research, summarizing bodies of information and or data on specific diseases and/or disease processes. Compose wildlife capture and/or disease information for the website. Assist veterinarians with training of department field staff in capture, necropsy and sampling instruction.
 
• Maintain field equipment (truck, response trailer, ATV).

 

Minimum Qualifications
• A Bachelor's degree in Fisheries or Wildlife Science or a closely-related Bachelor's degree with at least 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of biological/ecological coursework; OR

• Three years of biological experience performing studies, research, or resource management activities in a fish or wildlife program.
Announcement closing: JUNE 8, 2016

For more information and application materials see: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1441758/natural-resource-specialist-1-wildlife-health-lab-biologist 5/25/2016

Veterinarian - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

VETERINARIAN II
Broadband/Class Code:  29-1131-05
Position Number:  77071374-51187236
Annual Salary Range:  $55,000 annually
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
City:  NAPLES
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB011
Closing Date:  6/13/2016


DESCRIPTION
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), invites applications for a Veterinarian II in the Fish and Wildlife Health subsection, who will function as part of an integrated Florida panther management and research team.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Panther biomedical management
 The incumbent will be responsible for veterinary and biomedical components of the Florida Panther Recovery Program, including: assisting with the design and implementation of approved panther biomedical studies; participating in and making medical and anesthetic decisions associated with the capture and immobilization of panthers; processing, analyzing, and preserving biological samples from panthers; conducting post-mortem examinations of panthers; acting as a liaison for veterinary issues with other entities cooperating with the FWC in panther activities; providing emergency immobilization and treatment training and equipment to biologists and others responding to panther emergencies; assisting with the placement and oversight of captive panthers; and preparing reports and manuscripts.

 Panther management
The incumbent will participate in investigations of human-panther interactions or suspected panther depredations; provide panther information to constituents, FWC personnel, other State, Federal and local agencies; and work with Community Relations staff to produce news releases, social media, and web content.
 

Panther Research
The incumbent will assist with monitoring panther prey health, investigating mortality events, and assisting with disease surveillance in prey species; track radio collared Florida panthers from the ground and fixed-winged aircraft using radio telemetry techniques; and assist with panther research projects as required.

QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474 and must be eligible for DEA licensure. A strong background in terrestrial wildlife ecology and diseases with a degree in one of the physical or natural sciences and one years’ experience in veterinary medicine and/or wildlife ecology is required. A graduate degree in wildlife ecology or related field may substitute for experience.

 REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs):
Knowledge of: management principles and practices; principles, techniques and equipment used in veterinary medicine; principles and techniques of wildlife capture, immobilization, and anesthesia; principles and techniques of bacteriology, virology, microbiology, parasitology, clinical pathology; veterinary diagnostic principles and techniques; animal diseases, their symptoms and treatment; animal anatomy, physiology and pathology; and management principles and practices; principles, techniques and equipment used in field wildlife ecology. Skill in: the use of veterinary laboratory instruments and equipment; immobilization equipment; and radio-telemetry.  Ability to:  determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of work assignments; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; conduct, analyze and interpret veterinary diagnostic tests; work independently; solve problems and make decisions; and understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to veterinary medicine. Additional KSAs needed include: Skilled in radio telemetry techniques from ground and fixed-winged aircraft. Knowledge of orienteering skills and ability to navigate through the field utilizing maps, compass, and GPS. Ability to operate 4WD vehicles, swamp buggies and ATV’s in remote areas and through difficult terrain. Ability to carry large backpacks weighing up to 60 lbs. through rough terrain and vegetation for a mile or more.  Ability to apply knowledge and skills of panther and wildlife sign detection and interpretation techniques in the investigation of human-panther interactions or suspected panther depredations. Ability to communicate empathetically with constituents when dealing with depredations. Ability to use computer word-processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and geographic information system software packages. Exhibit effective verbal and written skills.  Ability to prepare scientific reports, agency reports, white papers and popular articles.

Click here for more information 5/24/2016

WILDLIFE HEALTH SPECIALIST - Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife

Job ID: 601954 (http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/)
Location: Animal Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Annual Salary: $41,574 - $72,462 based on degree(s) and experience
Application Deadline: May 6, 2016

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.

Responsibilities:
• 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
programs.
• 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
requirements.
• 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
events.

Preferred Experience: A DVM (preferred) or an MS (minimum) in Wildlife Ecology/Biology/Management
with prior formal education and/or 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).
• If DVM, 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; sjohnson@dnr.in.gov

Fish & Wildlife Health Specialist -  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

These are permanent full-time Fish & Wildlife Health Specialist positions in the Fish Program, Science Division.The duty station for these positions are: (1) Wenatchee District Office, Wenatchee, WA, or vicinity; (2) Region 5 Office, Vancouver, WA, or vicinity; or Headquarters, Olympia, WA or vicinity; or (3) Region 1 Office, Spokane Valley, WA.

Duty:  The Fish and Wildlife Heath Specialist (FWSH) is responsible for monitoring health conditions and diagnosis of  disease(s) of finfish at WDFW and cooperative facilities so as to produce the highest quality fish possible.  Duties may also include occasional screening and diagnosis of wild fish. 
Tasks include:
Determine appropriate finfish samples for the conditions at the time.  Detect and recognize finfish pathogens including: bacteria, fungus, virus and parasites.   Recognize environmental factors or fish cultural practices that may cause disease.  Analyze other possible causes of disease in the absence of pathogens, toxicants and/or physiological issues.  Determine the significance of any of these pathogens or conditions and take appropriate action(s).  Collect the appropriate samples for confirmatory and prevalence testing.  Requires understanding of finfish hatchery facility design, treatment procedures and maintains good communications with hatchery staff to determine possible factors which impact the health of the fish.
 
Duty: Determine appropriate corrective action to minimize additional loss associated with mortality.  This requires knowledge of available therapeutants and their requirements for use, environmental factors conducive to causing disease either from specific pathogens or physiological conditions, and cultural activities which will compromise or promote health of the fish.  Only FWHS can prescribe drug and chemical treatments.
Tasks include:
The ability to concisely provide instructions to hatchery staff who will be implementing the treatments or remediation.  Also provide assessments of hatchery practices and design to avoid future epidemics and risk assessments of impacts of disease. 
 
Duty: Responsible for sampling adult and juvenile populations for regulated pathogens to meet the requirements of the Policy. 
Tasks include:
Sample adult and juvenile populations for regulated pathogens to meet the requirements of the Co-Managers Salmonid Disease Control Policy.  Train hatchery staff to correctly obtain samples when the FWHS is absent.  Ensure that all stocks are sampled at a minimum of annually, samples are taken properly, and they are packaged correctly for transport to the laboratory.  Also instructs hatchery staff to maintain compliance with the Policy when carrying out their fish culture duties.
 
Duty: If a licensed Veterinarian the incumbent may be required to prescribe, monitor and have oversight in the application of prescription medications for finfish at WDFW operated hatchery facilities.
Tasks include:
Maintain database of veterinary prescriptions and Veterinary Feed Directives.
 
Duty: Develop training modules for hatchery staff regarding disease recognition and prevention, sanitation, nutrition and best fish cultural practices.  This promotes the health of the fish through early recognition of disease and prompt notification of the FWHS which can alleviate disease outbreaks.  With hatchery staff develop containment plans to avoid amplification of pathogens.  
Tasks include:
Conduct training of hatchery staff regarding disease recognition and prevention, sanitation, nutrition and best fish cultural practices.  In conjunction with hatchery staff develop containment plans to avoid amplification of pathogens.  
 
Duty: Interact with other agencies and tribal staff to provide status of health of fish, disease prevention measures and innovative treatments. 
Tasks Include:
Meet and communicate with other agencies and tribal staff to provide status of health of fish, disease prevention measures and innovative treatments. 
 
Duty: Write written reports on health status of fish on a routine basis. 
Tasks Include:
Provide written reports on health status of fish on a routine basis to supervisor and hatchery staffs.  Quarterly or annual reports may also be required by contractual agreements.
 
Other duties as required
 
Work Conditions
Work week is Sunday – Saturday and work hours are 8-5 Monday – Friday and 90% local travel to WDFW operated hatcheries. Primary work environment is in buildings on hatchery grounds such as the hatchery office/breakroom.  Must be able to sit at microscope and perform fine manipulations for fish exams.  Handles tissue preservation solutions, tissue staining solutions and works with sharp instruments at times.
 
Union
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP).  As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status
 
Qualifications
A graduate degree from an accredited college in fish biology, anatomy, health/pathology, or related fields and three years of professional experience in fish health/pathology.  OR Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or VMD) from an accredited veterinary school.

Knowledge and experience in aquaculture practices. 
 
Supplemental Information
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)

A current resume (please make it succinct)

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional) 4/22/2016

Non-Government Organizations

Crocodile Farm Veterinarian

Leading organisation, full-time position, qualified veterinarian – Darwin, Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA

Closing Date: 5 June 2016
Salary Package: Negotiable

Opportunity – This opportunity is to work with a progressive company managing Australia’s largest Crocodylus Porosus farming operations throughout Northern Australia. The successful candidate will be expected to work with other specialists involved in animal welfare, water quality, WH&S and other R&D groups to ensure all aspects of our farming operations continue to develop and follow world’s best practice.

Role description – Applications are invited from self-motivated and passionate individuals to fill this veterinarian role reporting to the Managing Director. The position will be full time and based in Darwin, but will require some travel to Cairns. The ideal candidate will fulfil a leading role in the farm management team, including responsibility for continuous improvement of and implementation of animal health, biosecurity and welfare across all farms. The role will also be expected to assist in furthering the company’s R&D programs.

Qualifications – The successful candidate must have a veterinary degree that meets the qualifications for license to practice with the NT and QLD Veterinary Surgeon Boards. The candidate must have excellent skills in communicating with colleagues and government officials, and strong research skills to liaise and coordinate R&D projects. The candidate must be available for some travel and working extended hours including occasional weekends. A driver’s license is required, as well as strong computer literacy.

To apply – Candidates are required to submit the following in their application package:

1. Letter of application addressing the position requirements
2. Detailed CV
3. Contact details for two referees

Applications should be emailed to the Human Resources Manager via email:hrm@australiancrocodile.com and enquires can be made via telephone
+61 7 4043 3401.

An offer of employment is conditional upon completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. 5/4/2016

Associate Position for Anatomic Pathologist at Northwest ZooPath

Northwest ZooPath is a private diagnostic histopathology service that provides diagnostic
pathology to approximately 100 zoos and several veterinary practices, Universities, and wildlife
facilities. The caseload includes large numbers of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and
invertebrates. The associate position is off site, based on production, and has no benefits. The
associate will use their own microscope, dictation unit provided by NZP, and will send digital
voice files to a transcriptionist. The associate will proof word documents and return the reports
to NZP for dispersal to clients. The associate will receive 25 dollars for necropsy cases and 15
dollars for biopsy cases, and the bulk of the work is necropsy cases, except when covering for
the in house pathologist during vacations and meetings. There is buy-in potential for the
pathologist that demonstrates a good fit with the work, clients and staff at Northwest ZooPath.
This position is available only to ACVP board certified anatomic pathologists living in the United
States.

Applicants should send a CV, letter of intent and the names and contact information for
3 references to Dr. Michael M. Garner, zoopath1@gmail.com 4/26/2016

Postdoctoral Associate  - WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Term position subject to funding availability
June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2018 with possibility of 2-year extension
DEPARTMENT: Wildlife Health & Health Policy Program
POSITION LOCATION: Bozeman, Montana
REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Wildlife Epidemiology
HOURS: Full time

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to help lead a Department of Defense-funded project, entitled “Assessing white-nose syndrome in the context of non-stationary conditions in an advancing continental epidemic.” Research outcomes from this study will be used to evaluate the transferability of a bioenergetics-based mechanistic model of white-nose syndrome (WNS) survivorship (Hayman et al. 2016) to western North American bat species. This is a WCS position under the supervision of Dr. Sarah H. Olson (Associate
Director, Wildlife Epidemiology, WCS Wildlife Health & Health Policy). In addition the Postdoctoral Associate will closely liaise with Dr. Raina K. Plowright (Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Montana State University). The associate will also interact with co-PIs Dr. Liam P. McGuire (Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University), Dr. David Hayman (Co-Director of an OIE Collaborating
Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab), Massey University, New Zealand), Dr. Brett G. Dickson (Chief Scientist and President of Conservation Science Partners), as well as with Project Advisor, Dr. Cori L. Lausen (Research Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada). The project abstract will be posted at: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Program-Areas/Resource-Conservation-and- Climate-Change/Natural-Resources/Species-Ecology-and-Management/RC-2633.

The proposed work will be at the interface of modeling and fieldwork. We require someone with excellent quantitative skills with some experience with free-ranging wildlife and the potential to develop excellent field skills. Two Postdoctoral Associates, one based in Bozeman, Montana, with an emphasis on disease ecology and modeling skills (this job description), and another based in Lubbock, Texas, with an emphasis on physiology skills (Texas Tech University; please see separate call) will be hired. Together, the Postdoctoral Associates will jointly help design
study implementation, secure state/federal permits, coordinate and execute field logistics, collect research data, develop mechanistic survivorship and ecological niche models, and examine the risks of WNS to western bats using a bioenergetics approach. A major emphasis of the project is to develop these models in the context of future conditions, including those related to climate change. The Postdoctoral Associates will collect bioenergetics and environmental data during field missions, consisting of fall and winter sampling at sites throughout the West. We expect the Postdoctoral Associate to be in the field as part of a 3-person team (the two Postdoctoral Associates and a field technician) or traveling for project related meetings at least 12 weeks each year. During field missions the team will be tasked with collecting bioenergetics data, including morphometrics, body composition, and measurement of metabolic rates with respirometry. Environmental data will be collected simultaneously to understand the variation in microclimate conditions experienced by hibernating bats. The Postdoctoral Associate(s) will jointly use new
and existing data to parameterize and adapt a mechanistic WNS survivorship model that predicts the capacity of bats to survive hibernation given the bioenergetic disruptions caused by the fungal infection. The data collected will be used to build integrated ecological niche and mechanistic WNS models using plausible future projected climate and land-cover change scenarios.

The Postdoctoral Associate will be based in Bozeman, Montana, but should expect to spend at least 12 weeks per year conducting fieldwork throughout the western U.S. or traveling for project-related meetings. Continuation of this position is subject to funding availability, with the potential for a 2-year extension for a total of 4 years.


PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
In consultation and coordination with the Principal Investigator and project co-PIs:
• Design study implementation, secure state/federal permits, coordinate and execute field logistics, and collect research data in coordination with project team members and partners.
• Analyze data and develop models to describe WNS risk for western bat species. The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Dr. Sarah H. Olson and will liaise closely with Dr. Raina Plowright.
• Be responsible for writing and preparing project-related scientific manuscripts.
• Ensure the safety of all personnel involved in the project, including the development and use of occupational health and safety guidelines tailored to project needs, and provide oversight of all relevant aspects of biosafety and animal handling, if/as applicable. Obtain necessary trainings (i.e. bat handling, mine safety, operation of off-road vehicles) if not already experienced / certified. Willingness to obtain necessary vaccinations (tetanus, rabies), or proof of up-to-date vaccinations / recent, adequate rabies titer.
• Develop and reinforce collaborative relationships and multidisciplinary approaches to wildlife conservation with partners and agencies across the western U.S.
• Regularly engage with supervisors and project team members for expertise and guidance.
Participate in project meetings and other regular meetings discussing scientific papers and research with other graduate students, post-docs, and scientists based in Bozeman, Montana.
• Contribute scientific and lay publications / other media products regarding wildlife health and conservation.
• Help ensure that all project-related financial and narrative reports are completed and submitted in an acceptable timeframe and format as required.
• Participate in public speaking, public relations work, and fundraising activities.
• Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• A postgraduate qualification (PhD) in disease ecology, ecology, bioenergetics, physiology, ecological modeling, biology, or related field.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, team skills, and communication skills (oral and written); an ability to adapt to field challenges, while maintaining a high professional standard.
• Experience conducting independent scientific research, including having a solid understanding of data collection and management.
• Experience handling bats, caving, and working on WNS research not required but strongly desired (one of the two Postdoctoral Associates must have bat handling experience).
• Experience with biostatistics, epidemiology, and/or mathematical and simulation modeling (preferred).
• Competence in fieldwork and comfort working in a team environment. Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a pick-up truck long-distances towing a trailer.
• Experience working with government partners preferred but not essential.
• Experience driving a snow-mobile and 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicle is preferred but not essential.
• Willingness to work flexible hours that may include weekends and public holidays; ability to work safely and effectively throughout the night, in caves or mines, in remote locations, and in cold winter conditions.

This is a Bozeman, Montana-based position and applicants must be legally permitted to work in the United States. Interested candidates should apply both online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers, and by sending a cover letter, the names of three references, and CV to Pamela Watim (pwatim@wcs.org) and Dr. Sarah Olson solson@wcs.org). Please note that filling this position is contingent upon availability of funding. For more information about the Wildlife Conservation Society, please visit our website at: http://www.wcs.org and http://www.wcs.org/ourwork/solutions/health. 4/22/2016

Faculty Position in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time faculty positon in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. The successful candidate will join with other new faculty members to establish a core Ecosystem Health program in the College. As part of that program, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized teaching program related to Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Conservation, and/ or Ecosystem Health. While the primary expectation for this position is the development of a scholarly teaching program, the successful candidate will have the flexibility to pursue related research and clinical medicine in collaboration with established programs in the College. Salary and appointment will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

The primary teaching responsibility of this position will be to lead the zoo medicine residency program in conjunction with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and The Wilds. Teaching in the core professional DVM curriculum through didactic courses as well as in clinical rotations, an elective course in zoo and wildlife medicine for the DVM curriculum, and contributions to the graduate (MS/MPH/PhD) curriculum in wildlife and ecosystem health will also be expected.

The successful candidate will have:
• A DVM or equivalent degree (e.g. VMD);
• Diplomate status in the ACZM (preferred);
• Demonstrated experience and success in teaching and mentoring;
• Excellent communication skills and an ability to work cooperatively with a variety of groups;
• Training and experience in a discipline relevant to ecosystem health (MS or PhD preferred).

The Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine is a diverse group whose activities combine basic and applied research, teaching, and clinical medicine to address problems in broad areas of animal health, ecosystem health, population medicine, and veterinary public health. There are approximately 35 faculty members in the Department located at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, University Laboratory Animal Resources in Columbus, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, and the Ohio State University Large Animal Services in Marysville. This structure provides extensive research, teaching and extension resources as well as considerable opportunity for collaboration.

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has the largest DVM professional program in the United States with faculty and staff expertise in a full range of clinical and research specialties. Collegiality, civility, mutual support, and respect for others are strongly held values in the College of Veterinary Medicine. We support diverse beliefs and the free exchange of ideas and expect that faculty, staff, and students promote these values and apply them in a professional manner in all academic endeavors. The College has strong relationships with the Columbus Zoo, The Wilds, the Cleveland Zoo, and the Cincinnati Zoo, which provide opportunities for research, teaching, and clinical medicine. The College is ranked 5th among North American colleges of veterinary medicine by the US News and World Report. Our size, partnerships and ranking allow us to attract a core of exceptional DVM students with interests in zoo and wildlife medicine who are ready to shape the future of the profession.

The Ohio State University encourages teaching, research and outreach projects that cross its seven health sciences colleges as well as the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and other colleges. To this end, the University has authorized 134 new positions since 2012 around specific focus topics which
align nicely with ecosystem health, medicine and conservation. Specifically in the College of Veterinary Medicine, recruitment is underway for three faculty members in the ecology of pathogen emergence from this university-wide initiative.

Columbus, Ohio, is the 15th ranked city by size in the United States (population of 811,943) and supports a vibrant, multifaceted community.

Applications submitted by May 1, 2016 will receive full consideration and review will continue until an exceptional candidate is identified. Applicants should submit: 1) a letter of application which includes a statement of professional goals, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy (2-pages maximum); 2) a current curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references including someone the applicant has taught or mentored. Application packages should be sent to: Dr. Rebecca Garabed, Search Committee Chair, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210; phone 614 292 1206; or by email garabed.1@osu.edu. 4/22/2016

Clinical associate position - Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, offers a one-year term, full-time clinical appointment in the Zoological, Exotic and Wildlife (ZEW) service starting June 1, 2016 or flexible start date if needed. Responsibilities: clinical service in ZEW medicine, provide quality primary care to clients,  participate in clinical instruction/supervision of final year veterinary students and two ZEW interns, participate in after-hours emergency duty on a rotating basis with other ZEW clinicians.  Qualifications: DVM  (or equivalent); eligible for licensure within Saskatchewan. Strong preference given to candidates that have completed formal training in ZEW medicine or have experience in the field.  Required skills include a strong foundation in zoological, exotics, and wildlife medicine; strong interest in clinical teaching of senior veterinary students, ability and experience in elective surgeries; effective communication and organizational skills, and an ability to work in a team environment.  Salary range: Specialist/Professional Phase 2 (Salary Range $59,517-92,996) Comprehensive benefits package includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary),sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

Please send a curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, copies of degrees and other credentials, and the names, addresses, and email addresses of three references to:  Dr. Cindy Shmon, Department Head, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4.

Applications will be considered March 31, 2016, or until the position has been filled.  For further information on this position, please contact Dr. C. Shmon, Department Head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, at (306)966-7086 or e-mail cindy.shmon@usask.ca. 4/22/2106

Faculty Position in One Health and the Conservation of Free-Ranging Wildlife - College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the conservation of free-ranging wildlife, preferably at the level of Full or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will provide bold leadership and vision in landscape-scale approaches to conservation, particularly in terms of policy concerning the interface of wildlife, agriculture, and humans. This “One Health” approach is considered broadly to include, but not be limited to, aspects of disease prevention and diagnosis; nutrition; public health, and economic markets. To have impact at scale, it is expected that scholarly activities will include engagement with various national and international governmental and non-governmental partners. It is expected that scholarly activities will largely be supported by extramural awards. Responsibilities will include research involving design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies that promote wildlife conservation and human health and well-being; improvements in international veterinary education and capacity; production of academic publications on wildlife policy needs, achievements and impacts; engagement of students in international work; and teaching of various aspects of policy, One Health, and wildlife conservation to veterinary students.

Cornell University is a recognized global leader in sustainability sciences, as well as having dynamic and highly rogressive initiatives to fulfill our educational and land grant missions. The candidate will benefit from engaging with various cross-campus initiatives and centers including Engaged Cornell, Global Cornell, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, as well as with our highly collaborative faculty from a wide variety of related academic departments and programs.

Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree. Advanced public health or research training including an MPH or PhD will be viewed positively. Clinical duties in zoological medicine and/or at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center are not a requirement, but can be accommodated if desired by a qualified, ACZM board-certified candidate.

Salary, rank and title will be commensurate with credentials and experience.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career program to assist with dual career searches.

For more information, contact the Chair of the search, Dr. Alexander Travis, at: cvm-wildlife@cornell.edu. Electronic application submission is through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6474 Please provide a cover letter describing your academic interests, activities and goals; a statement of impact regarding policy or research in which you have been involved; a curriculum vitae; and email addresses for 3 referees who will be invited to upload their letters at this site. Review of applications will begin on April 9, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. 1/7/2016

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Animal Care Manager - City Wildlife, Washington, DC

City Wildlife, Inc. seeks a skilled and highly motivated individual to manage the daily care of wild animals in the organization’s wildlife rehabilitation center, located in Washington, DC.

The Organization
City Wildlife, Inc. (www.citywildlife.org), located in Washington, DC, is an eight-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife in our nation’s capital through rehabilitation services, advocacy, and education. With more than 7,600 acres of parkland, Washington is one of the “greenest” cities in the United States and home to hundreds of wildlife species. Until City Wildlife opened, however, the District of Columbia had no wildlife rehabilitation services available for sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals within its borders. City Wildlife was founded to change that situation. With the completion of a 3,000 square foot indoor rehabilitation center, it opened in July 2013 to provide the first wildlife rehabilitation program ever in DC for the many animals needing those services each year.

Position Overview
The Animal Care Manager will report to the Clinic Director and will be responsible for daily care of the wild animals at the center (~1,400 animals/year). His/her primary responsibilities will include:

  • Provide the highest standards of animal care and to adhere to best practices in the profession from intake to release
  • Perform basic medical treatments
  • Train and manage volunteers and communicate with the public
  • Provide education to volunteers and the public about living humanely with DC’s wildlife
  • Transport wildlife for release or for transfer to neighboring facilities as needed

He/she will work closely with the Washington Humane Society/DC Animal Care and Control and Dispatch, the agency charged with picking up sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in the city, and will maintain strong ties with the region’s network of wildlife rehabilitators.

Animals to be cared for include all native species of birds, small mammals (e.g., squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, groundhogs), reptiles, and amphibians. City Wildlife does not currently handle deer or rabies vector species.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager position will have:

  • A wildlife rehabilitation license in any state
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working full-time at a wildlife rehabilitation center or equivalent clinical experience with wildlife
  • Excellent animal handling skills and knowledge of all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, including health assessment, medicating, wound management, feeding, housing, hygiene, release, and euthanasia
  • Excellent judgment in determining when veterinary care is indicated
  • Strong organizational skills and background in clinical record keeping and data analysis
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills gained in high-pressure environments. Including ability to adjust priorities, deal with frequent interruptions, and multitask as circumstances dictate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs. (e.g. animal cages, other equipment) and perform tasks in confined spaces
  • Driver’s license and good driving record
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

Hours, Benefits, and Compensation
Full-time, professional position, services to be performed on site, preferably on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule  

  • Sick days and vacation time to accrue with the beginning of employment
  • Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience

Application Process
To apply, send cover letter and resume by e-mail (preferred) to:
Paula Goldberg
Executive Director
City Wildlife, Inc.
Paula.goldberg@citywildlife.org

Or by mail to:
City Wildlife, Inc.
15 Oglethorpe St. NW
Washington, DC 20011     January 11, 2016

Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

Veterinary Internship in Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine
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!

Details:
 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 June 1, 2017, with the option to start as soon as early as May 1, and continue for 4-5 months. It is extremely important the intern complete the entire internship though the end of 4 months. The Intern will have the option to stay for a maximum of 5 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. Last two months, the Intern will take on moreindependent shifts to cover staff absences, however, will still work with Staff Veterinarians and will have access to consultation at all times.

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:
o 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
o Nursery rechecks
o Adult rechecks
o Involved procedures: whenever procedures are being performed and time allows the Intern will be included
o Admission exams
o Diagnostic interpretation PRN
o 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.

Application:
 The applicant should email a PDF resumé, including 3 references with contact information by December 1, 2016 to Renee Schott, DVM at renee@wrcmn.org. 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. (5/13/2016)

 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: wolfe.408@osu.edu, 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

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.

STIPEND
This is a paid internship.

LOCATION
Rock Creek-Washington, D.C.

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

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

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
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.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html” 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.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please email Sherri Divband (divbands@si.edu) 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
              Flo.tseng@tufts.edu (9/10/15)

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. 

Responsibilities:

  • 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. 

Qualifications:

  • 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 www.wildlifecenter.org under job openings.

TO APPLY:

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                                                                                                                      humanresources@wildlifecenter.org

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.

 Schedule
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.

Compensation
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: lhoward@houstonzoo.org, 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: kterio@illinois.edu.
 
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 jford@belizewildlifeclinic.org 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:

https://www.medvet.umontreal.ca/actualites_babillard_media/pdf/postes/des_zoo_angl.pdf

https://www.medvet.umontreal.ca/actualites_babillard_media/pdf/postes/des_zoo_fr.pdf

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a one year unpaid internship. 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 700 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. Interns manage cases under the supervision of faculty and assist with all aspects of clinical medicine and surgery of raptors, including captive management, capture and restraint, anesthesia, diagnostics, necropsy, record-keeping, and research projects. Interns assist in teaching and supervising veterinary students. In addition, interns are assigned evening and weekend duty on a rotating basis and are expected to participate in sponsored events.

Candidates must possess a DVM, VMD, or equivalent veterinary degree. Interest or experience in ecosystem health, conservation biology, wildlife management, pathology, toxicology or related disciplines is a plus. Applicants must be proficient in English. This is a self-funded position. Preference will be given to candidates with grant or scholarship funding. Estimated annual living expenses are $20,000/year. Degree programs requiring a longer time commitment and graduate classes are available providing applicants secure own funding. Interested applicants should submit current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest indicating career goals, and three letters of reference. Please submit applications to:

Michelle M. Willette, DVM
The Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-1353
Fax - (612) 624-8740
wille203@umn.edu

The Humane Society of the United States
Cape Wildlife Center

4011 Main St. (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA  02630
Phone: (508) 362-0111   Fax: (508) 362-0268

Contact:dmillman@humanesociety.org

Professional Training Programs at the Cape Wildlife Center

The Cape Wildlife Center
The Cape Wildlife Center, supported by the Fund for Animals of the The Humane Society of the United States, is located on a 4.5 acre former horse farm on Flax pond, in Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Cape Wildlife Center is operating fully.  The facility features:

  • A veterinary clinic for examination, surgery and treatment
  • A digital X-ray system
  • An indoor animal ward 
  • A complete commissary for preparing animal diets
  • Outdoor holding pens and flight pens for acclimation prior to release
  • A separate on-site living area (dormitory style) for interns and externs that includes 2 bedrooms that accommodate 4 people each, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living room. A washer and dryer are available.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
Internship – The primary emphasis of the internship program is to train undergraduate and graduate  students of biology, zoology, ecology, conservation or veterinary medicine (1st to 3rd year)  in the essentials of wildlife handling, recovery, rehabilitation, and release back to the wild. The term Intern is used in the context of that used in industry and private enterprise.

Externship – The primary emphasis of the extern program is to train senior veterinary students and veterinary technician students in the current techniques of conservation and wildlife medicine. The term extern is used as defined by the AAZV (www.aazv.org )

POTENTIAL DAILY TASKS
The following is a list of primary activities that interns may have the chance to participate in:

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

    • Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and / or opossums
    • Songbirds
    • Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds
    • Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc)
    • Raptors
    • Turtles
  • Observing the physical exam of admitted patients
  • Rehabilitation and care - husbandry of infant and young mammals and birds
  • Rehabilitation and care  - husbandry of adult mammals, birds, and reptiles
  • Prerelease conditioning of wildlife patients and raised young
  • Determining nutritional requirements for admitted patients (kcal requirements)

The following is a list of secondary activities that given time and proper training interns may have the chance to observe or be involved in:

  • Medical care of admitted wildlife – mammals, birds and reptiles
  • Determining fluid requirement for admitted patients
  • Determining drug dosages
  • Venipuncture
  • In-house laboratory work (CBC’s, fecals and profiles)
  • Wildlife digital radiography

The following is a list of primary activities that externs may have the chance to participate in:

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

    • Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and / or opossums
    • Songbirds
    • Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds
    • Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc)
    • Raptors
    • Turtles
  • Basic physical exam of admitted patients
  • Medical care of admitted wildlife – mammals, birds and reptiles
    • Determining health status
    • Developing treatment plan
      • Determining fluid requirement
      • Determining drug dosages
      • Determining nutritional requirements for admitted patients (kcal requirements)
    • Instituting treatment plan
  • Venipuncture
  • In-house laboratory work (CBC’s, fecals and profiles)
  • Wildlife digital radiography
  • Rehabilitation and care - husbandry of adult & juvenile mammals, birds, reptiles
  • Prerelease conditioning of wildlife patients and orphans

All interns and externs are required to participate in daily cleaning, feeding, diet preparation and laundry tasks. In addition it is expected that those living at the Center during their programs will participate in keeping the house clean and neat at all times.

Interns and externs receive 2 days off per week scheduled at the discretion of the Staff.

Those seeking academic credit are requested to include appropriate school documentation during their application process. In addition, if there are evaluation forms that need to be filled out after the internship or externship is completed. Those forms must be given to the veterinary director one week prior to the last day of the program.

It is mandatory that anyone handling rabies vector species receive rabies prophylaxis vaccinations. For those interns and externs wanting to work with rabies vector species, proof of vaccination and current titers are required prior to the start of the program. Each applicant must have his or her own medical insurance coverage either personally or through their home institution.

All interns and externs for whom English is a second language are required to supply proof of English competence and comprehension.

Housing
There is limited on site housing available. The bedrooms are set up dormitory style with 1 to 4 students per room. There will be a $50 ($25 for key deposit, $25 for clean linens) refundable cash deposit required upon arrival. This deposit will be refunded upon return of the key, the return of clean linens and following a room inspection at the end of the stay.

Kitchen and Laundry
Interns and externs have access to a kitchen with cooking utensils, stove, microwave, and coffee maker but must supply their own food. There is also a separate washer and dryer available to students but they must provide their own detergent.

Transportation
Interns and externs are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Center. During your stay, you should plan to provide your own transportation or rely upon other students for rides. Public transportation is available, but limited, and is most useful for sightseeing rather than grocery shopping. Hyannis is within biking distance.

Cape Cod
Cape Cod is an area of Massachusetts that includes beaches, salt marshes, sand dunes, woodlands and lovely ocean-side towns. Barnstable is a rural ocean community, quiet during the off season (late fall through early spring) and bustling with activity during the rest of the year. There is much to do on the Cape from shopping in charming crafts and artisans’ shops to going on whale watches off the coast. While students spend the majority of their time at the Center we do make sure that each student has time off to enjoy the Cape and all it has to offer.

We will make every effort to make your program an experience of learning and enhancement, to expose you to new concepts and ideas and encourage you to share your knowledge with us and with the other students.

Remuneration
Our internships and externships are unpaid.  The opportunities we provide to gain experience in this field are significant.  The internship and externship period will be a challenging and memorable experience.  Please express your interest and availability clearly during your application process. All applicants will need to have a background check through the Humane Society of the US before being accepted into a program. We thank you, in advance, for your commitment and interest.

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.

Internship

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: www.crowclinic.org/studentprogram.html

Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities

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: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2013‐2014/gradprog/path‐msc.shtml
https://horizon.ouac.on.ca/webapp/account.d2w/report?ident=ACCOUNT_DSP&merchant_rn= 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: pathgrad@uoguelph.ca

Research‐related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicole Nemeth (nnemeth@uoguelph.ca).

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.

65% SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

  • 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.

35% PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

  • 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  ckjohnson@ucdavis.edu (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:
Diploma:

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

Abilities:

  • 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

Skills:

  • 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 nicholas.ogden@phac-aspc.gc.ca 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

PATHOGEN DYNAMICS AND RESOURCE PROVISIONING IN URBAN BIRDS

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 shernz@uga.edu 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 (http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/Molecular_Biology_Human_Genetics/animaltb/Pages/default.aspx).  

 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:  michelemiller128@gmail.com

Dr. Sven Parsons – email:  sparsons@sun.ac.za

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 (pieter.johnson@colorado.edu):

- 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 http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more general
information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the
departmental website http://ebio.colorado.edu/. (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:
http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MVSConservationMedicine

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   conservationmedicine@murdoch.edu.au  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: mcm@tufts.edu
The application deadline is April 1st.

For more information and to apply on-line visit our MCM program website at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/mcm/
Learn more about Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/ccm/

Courses

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 www.ekotracks.com Application forms are downloadable.

Contact information: Werner Dörgeloh (PhD Wildlife Management);   Tel/Fax (919) 290-2832 info@ekotracks.com and www.ekotracks.com 11/10/14

Student Externship Opportunities

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

Envirovet

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

Wildlifevets.com

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 http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/training/senior_externship.cfm

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): crpeten@arcasguatemala.org

Visit us at: www.arcasguatemala.org and www.facebook.com/ArcasGuatemala

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 leslie@wrcmn.org

For more information about WRC, visit our website at: www.wrcmn.org

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
URL:                           http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org

 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/Transportation:
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.

Requirements:
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
Email: duane@californiawildlifecenter.org

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
Email: hartup@savingcranes.org

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,  flo.tseng@tufts.edu, FAX:    508-839-7930

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

For upcoming courses see: http://www.cldavis.org/courses/upcoming.html

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

AVMA

 

 

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