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Wildlife Veterinarian – Northwest Territories

Location:  Yellowknife
Department:  ENR Wildlife Research&Mgmt
Job Code:  13901
Salary: $104,618 - $124,898

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) promotes and supports the sustainable use and development of natural resources to protect, conserve and enhance the Northwest Territories environment for the social and economic benefit of all residents.

The Wildlife Veterinarian is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager, Wildlife Research and Management. The Wildlife Veterinarian is responsible for the development and implementation of the NWT Wildlife Health Strategy, which is intended to protect and promote wildlife health as an integral part of the Department's wildlife management and conservation efforts. The Wildlife Veterinarian leads the GNWT Wildlife Health Program, and is responsible for the development, delivery and scientific credibility of integrated wildlife health surveillance, protection and management initiatives. The incumbent develops and implements wildlife health programs and policies that support the management and sustainable use of wildlife populations, including wild food safety, the traditional economy, tourism, outfitting, northern agriculture, and public health. These programs help support the credibility of the Department and its ability to provide leadership in wildlife co-management, conservation, and safe and sustainable use by northern residents.

As the Department's senior expert and authority on wildlife health, the Wildlife Veterinarian plays both a high level strategic planning role on wildlife health issues, as well as a field implementation role in ensuring wildlife health programs are delivered effectively. The incumbent leads the development and implementation of a long-term wildlife health research and monitoring agenda, working collaboratively with other ENR staff, other departments and agencies, Aboriginal Governments and organizations, wildlife management boards, academics, other researchers, and local experts such as hunters and trappers. The position is a key advisor on wildlife health for senior management, other divisions, regions and departments, and public health officials to provide timely and relevant information to support management decisions.

The Wildlife Health Program deals with a number of complex, difficult and contentious issues that can be local, regional or national in scope. The Wildlife Veterinarian is responsible for monitoring for threats to the health of wildlife, and providing timely advice or taking action to prevent or mitigate potentially significant impacts of diseases on wildlife populations, as well as on domestic animal and public health. The incumbent requires highly specialized knowledge and skills, and an ability to use diverse problem solving skills and innovative approaches to understand and respond to complex and frequently novel issues. Given the nature, urgency and potential impact of some wildlife disease situations, the position requires a high degree of autonomy and freedom to act. The Wildlife Veterinarian has a responsibility to manage confidential and personal information, provide and verify health certifications required by other agencies or governments, and meet formal disease reporting requirements required by territorial and federal legislation and policy.

The Wildlife Veterinarian works collaboratively with other departmental staff, territorial/provincial/federal wildlife and animal health agencies, Health & Social Services, other public health agencies, non-governmental wildlife health organizations, universities, wildlife co-management boards, Aboriginal governments and organizations, and communities to identify and address key wildlife health issues of importance to the GNWT. The incumbent provides direction and guidance on collaborative wildlife health projects that can involve from 1to 50 individuals from ENR and other organizations, and must be able to lead and motivate a diverse group of individuals and organizations. Manages a budget of up to or greater than $250,000.

The above qualifications would be attained by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and additional post-graduate training or specialization in wildlife pathology, disease ecology or epidemiology, or another wildlife health related field (degree or certification).

Alternatively, a DVM and a minimum of three (3) years of related experience in a relevant field of wildlife health research and management.

For more information:
Closing date: Dec 8, 2016

Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer - SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Agency Contact Information  FEW vacancies - Front Royal, VA
Work Schedule is Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
Opened Friday 10/28/2016(5 day(s) ago)
 Closes Monday 11/14/2016(12 day(s) away)

  • Salary Range  $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade  GS-0701-14/14
  • Promotion Potential 14
  • Supervisory Status Yes
  • Who May Apply This is a “Direct Hire” solicitation. Vacancies are open to the public, and agencies are not required to apply rating procedures or veterans preference. The Smithsonian will continue to make employment offers to qualified candidates with veterans preference whenever possible.
  • Control Number 454709400
  • Job Announcement Number 16DH-LM-302167-DEU-NZP

Job Overview
This position is located at the National Zoological Park's (NZP) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia and reports to the Deputy Director, SCBI. The incumbent supervises and manages all aspects of the veterinary health program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and maintains close coordination and cooperation with the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Zoological Park.

  • Monitors collection animals for indications of illness and injury; completes diagnostic testing, including the collection of biological samples, and determines the results of such tests; prescribes and administers medications, including controlled pharmaceuticals.
  • Promote preventative medical care, by participating in the general care and maintenance of the collections, including oversight of animal facility maintenance and cleaning, the review and modification of animal care protocols, and development and oversight of quarantine procedures.
  • Incumbent works closely with the veterinary, curatorial, keeper, research, nutrition, and pathology staff at NZP and SCBI.
  • Applies and improves modern methods of wild animal restraint that are safe for the patient and attending personnel; conducts trials with experimental drugs and reporting results to regulatory agencies and colleagues.
  • Maintains and utilizes a complete record system that documents illnesses, injuries, diagnoses, treatments, laboratory results and necropsy findings of collection animals to modify and improve the preventative medicine, health and husbandry programs at SCBI.
  • Ensures that the department and its premises are in a state of readiness to meet the clinical and surgical demands of the SCBI.
  • Participates in the training of veterinary students, veterinary interns, preceptors, graduate students, and visiting colleagues in exotic animal medicine and biomedical research.
  • Works closely with SCBI curatorial staff on incoming and outgoing animal shipments.
  • Supervises a workforce consisting of professional, technical and wage grade positions and resolves administrative and personnel issues. Plans, organizes, and administers a continuous veterinary medical program including all phases of personnel supervision.

Travel Required Not Required
Relocation Authorized No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period.
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

Basic Requirements:
All applicants must meet the following education requirements: (Unofficial transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted in order to receive further consideration).
1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree, ie., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). OR
2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet the one of the following requirements:

  • Proof of certificate of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).
  • Possession of a permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT).
  • Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE;
  • Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR,
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Additional Requirements: Specialized Experience
In addition to meeting Basic Requirements above, applicants must have one year of full-time experience at the Grade-13 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. For this position Specialized experience is defined as independently researching, investigating, inspecting and dealing with matters related to the health and safety of collection animals; identifying the illness and injury of animals, performing surgery and other complex medical procedures, and prescribing controlled pharmaceuticals to animals. 


To qualify at the GS-14 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below at an accredited college or school, in addition to completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent degree.

GS-14: Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.


The job requires physical strength and agility in handling and many of the collection animals, many of which are very dangerous and large. Job requires dexterity in manipulating sharp and dangerous instruments, tools.

Incumbent will be exposed to the risk of handling dangerous animals, and there is a potential for zoonotic spread of infectious diseases. The work can be inside or outside in all kinds of weather, day or night. Some of the drugs used are very potent and potentially lethal if not handled properly. Incumbent is responsible for staff coordination and safety.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

Smithsonian Institution
Lily Mellor
Phone: 202-633-6298
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email :

Smithsonian Institution 
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517 
Washington  DC 

State Wildlife Veterinarian, Missouri Department of Conservation
Central Regional Conservation Research Center, Columbia

Salary Range: $45,588 - $80,484

Duties and Responsibilities: Plans, directs, coordinates, and implements statewide programs for the prevention, detection, control, and management of emerging and known diseases occurring in wildlife populations (e.g., chronic wasting disease, West Nile virus, avian influenza). Directs the Department’s development of strategies for prevention, detection, control, and eradication of wildlife diseases. Monitors potential wildlife disease patterns and prioritizes disease areas requiring epidemiological investigation in order that resources for disease control are utilized for the most severe and/or preventable risk factors. Analyzes data using principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to assess effectiveness of wildlife disease surveillance and management measure. Identifies risk factors for disease introduction and transmission. Serves as the Department specialist/spokesperson on wildlife health and disease issues. Provides presentations on Department activities in wildlife disease surveillance and management at professional conferences and regional or national meetings. Coordinate and administer statewide outreach and education programs regarding wildlife health and disease issues. Provides frequent and often last minute information requests to the Commission, Administration, Divisions, Legislators, and the public on a wide variety of wildlife health related topics. Gives frequent presentations to MDC Commission, Regulations Committee, and Resource Division Chiefs, and may be required to provide testimony at legislative hearings or court cases. Works on highly contentious and often highly sensitive matters, generally collaborating with Administration on these assignments. Prepares Order of Rulemaking for Missouri Wildlife Code as necessary to prevent, monitor and manage diseases in wildlife. Acts as a liaison to, and recommend and develop professional working agreements with other agencies and institutions, such as the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Association, to enhance efforts to address wildlife diseases, and where necessary, to obtain diagnostic and other professional services. Represents the agency at both technical and policy levels regarding wildlife disease issues, and advises Administration on courses of action when collaborating with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Public Health, and other state or federal agencies on wildlife population disease management and possible human health issues. Collaborates with local, state, federal, and university officials and researchers to address concerns about the impact of wildlife diseases on public and domestic animal health. Interfaces with other stakeholders including the Missouri Department of Agriculture, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and other community and environmental groups on matters pertaining to MDC initiatives or programs. Designs, conducts, and supervises wildlife health research projects.  See Announcement for more information on job duties.

Qualifications: Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Fish and Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Management, or a related field and one year of work for a state or federal natural resource management agency, or completed a residency in wildlife veterinary, conservation medicine, or zoological veterinary medicine.

Licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in Missouri or ability to obtain a license in the first 6 months. Must be eligible for DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate. Must have USDA accreditation. Must have a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) certificate or must be eligible for the certificate.

Apply at:

Contact Vince Travnichek, Research Center Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation for more information 573-815-7901 ext. 2889 (9/20)

Non-Government Organizations


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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about the IVIR program can be found here:

Field Veterinarian:  epidemiology/disease ecology - EcoHealth Alliance

EcoHealth Alliance seeks an adventurous, highly organized, collaborative and self‐driven veterinary epidemiologist to work internationally under our disease ecology and pandemic prevention programs. This position offers an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary program staff and work within a variety of cutting edge international research projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing field-based research under a variety of global programs related to emerging diseases, wildlife trade, and reducing pandemic risk, including, but not limited to the USAID PREDICT program. The Field Veterinarian will participate in project development and implementation, data analysis, scientific manuscript and report writing, and grant writing. The candidate should expect to spend between significant amounts of time (5‐7 months) travelling internationally in support of new and ongoing international field projects. When not travelling, the candidate will be based at EHA headquarters in New York City.

Responsibilities will include working with, and in some cases developing, local field teams to conduct biological surveillance and research related to zoonotic pathogens in wildlife, livestock, and human populations.  Prior experience working with free-ranging bats, nonhuman primates, or rodents is desired, but not necessary.  The Field Veterinarian will coordinate and run training workshops and other capacity‐building activities in various partner countries.  International locations may include countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Egypt, and Jordan. The position will also require interaction with local government officials and in-country US government personnel (e.g. US Embassy, USAID, CDC), often at high level. Therefore, the successful candidate must have maturity, diplomacy, and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. The successful candidate will have experience working under challenging field conditions and a demonstrated aptitude for creative problem solving and working through logistical challenges. In addition to working in the aforementioned locations, the Field Veterinarian should be prepared to support other EHA projects and programs as needed. The candidate will be expected to be proactive in developing collaborations both within EcoHealth Alliance and externally to both strengthen current projects and develop new research projects that fit with the mission and direction of EcoHealth Alliance.

Description and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Refine, expand, and develop EHA field programs in zoonotic disease research
  • Implement the safe, ethical and humane collection of high‐quality wildlife, domestic animal, or human biological samples in partner countries with local collaborators, according to established protocols.
  • Ensure best practices in appropriate safety, personal protection, and safe and humane animal handling practices by EHA field personnel through training and periodic re-training.
  • Assist with and develop other projects within the EcoHealth Alliance’s portfolio related to Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Act as the key liaison with in‐country collaborators, including both scientists and policy‐makers
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with local collaborators, including government officials
  • Help generate quarterly and/or annual reports to funders.
  • Obtain necessary US and local permits and permissions, including ethical approval, to conduct research (e.g. IRB and IACUC), animal sampling, as well as to ship biological samples internationally.
  • Have responsibility for some grant management and program coordination
  • Present research at scientific conferences; meetings, and EHA outreach events
  • International and domestic travel will be required to locations that may include the following: Europe, West and Northern Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and South and Central America. Expect to spend approximately 5‐7 months per year in the field and the remainder of the time coordinating projects from the New York headquarters.


  • Minimum of a doctoral degree (or equivalent) in: Veterinary Medicine. Additional Master’s in Public Health, Epidemiology, or related sciences with a focus on infectious disease is a plus.
  • Minimum of three years international field experience related to the study of infectious disease and including the collection of biological samples from free‐ranging wildlife (experience in the aforementioned EHA project locations and with bats, rodents or nonhuman primates is a plus)
  • Understanding of molecular biology / some lab experience a plus
  • Previous experience writing grant applications and with grant administration
  • Previous experience training international teams mandatory
  • Willing to travel internationally for long periods of time
  • Publications in peer‐reviewed scientific journals
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in additional languages is a plus)
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Proven ability to work independently under challenging field conditions
  • A strong sense of team spirit and collaboration
  • A sense of humor
  • An understanding of the One Health framework and links between human and animal health and ecosystems

EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website:

How to Apply:

Send an email a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to with "EHA 2016 FIELD VETERINARIAN" in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be received. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since emails will not be evaluated. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted. 7/8/2016

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

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

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Audubon Society of Portland
Job Title:                           Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian
Program:                          Conservation
Classification:                  Exempt, Full-time
Salary Range:                   $50,000-$55,000/year with health and retirement benefits

The Audubon Society of Portland Wildlife Care Center is the nation’s oldest wildlife rehabilitation facility. It is also Oregon's busiest:, treating 3,000 wild birds, mammals and herptiles and responding to 10,000  wildlife-related phone calls annually. The Care Center is an integral part of Portland Audubon’s efforts to connect people to nature and inspire an ambitious conservation agenda. The Care Center is operated by 3 year-round staff plus seasonal staff, interns and approximately 150 volunteers.
The Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian has primary responsibility for medical aspects of care and treatment of all wildlife, including our educational birds. Additional responsibilities include initiation and oversight of research projects associated with injuries, disease and treatment of native wildlife and assisting the Care Center Operations Manager with aspects of daily operations, including treatment and care of injured and recovering wildlife, care of non-releasable education animals, supervision and training of staff and volunteers, public outreach, and facility maintenance. The Veterinarian works closely with the Conservation Director and other staff to coordinate and integrate Center’s work with Portland Audubon's conservation and education priorities. A passion for wildlife conservation and engaging people with conservation is an essential element of this job.
Applicants should also possess excellent veterinary, organizational, communications and team building skills. The Care Center Veterinarian must be able to juggle a multitude of tasks with professionalism, flexibility, and a sense of humor. He/she will be working with volunteers, stakeholders, membership groups, resource agencies and the general public in office and field settings. The job requires some evening and weekend work, including occasional unscheduled animal rescue calls. 


  • Oversee medical aspects of rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife
    • Intake, examination and treatment and care of injured and orphaned wildlife
    • Coordination of wildlife rescue and other field operations
    • Maintenance of records and charting of cases
    • Surgical procedures
    • Anesthesia
    • Radiography
    • Euthanasia of non-repairable, non-releasable, and non-native animals
  • Oversee medical care of non-releasable educational animals
  • Provide information to the general public regarding matters of injured, diseased, and orphaned wildlife
  • Develop and implement treatment protocols and policies
  • Develop and implement research projects related to the disease, injuries and care of native wildlife
  • Monitor disease and injury trends of wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Maintain and build relationships with the veterinary and animal care communities
  • Develop and supervise medical internship positions
  • Assist Wildlife Care Center Operations Manager with daily oversight of operations of Wildlife Care Center including the following:
    • Assuming primary onsite operational responsibilities on assigned days
    • Assisting in hiring, training and supervising permanent and seasonal staff and interns
    • Supervising and training volunteers
    • Providing educational outreach on urban wildlife issues
    • Maintaining relationships with local, state and federal agencies including keeping permits up to date and meeting reporting obligations
    • Ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment
    • Working with Sanctuaries staff to ensure the facility is maintained and cleaned appropriately
  • Remain informed about local conservation issues.
  • Maintain a safe, professional working environment at all times.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Operations Manager and Conservation Director

Applicant must have a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) with experience working specifically with wildlife. Other qualifications include the following:

  • Extensive experience in the medical care and rehabilitation of a broad range of wildlife species;
  • Wildlife rehabilitation skills including rescue, exams, nutrition, caging, physical therapy, and medical skills including injections, fracture immobilization, gavage, and wound management
  • Experience training and managing staff and volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills including writing ability and ability to communicate effectively with others.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions in a variety of forums including internal and public presentations.
  • Computer skills including familiarity with Word and Excel
  • A strong natural history background ideally with a focus on fauna of the pacific northwest
  • Experience with field capture and chemical restraint of wild animals


  • Veterinary Medical Degree (DVM)
  • Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon
  • State of Oregon Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Controlled Substance license
  • Current driver’s license


  • The Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian is a physically demanding job. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Must have access to a vehicle

The Audubon Society of Portland has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. We are the largest chapter of the National Audubon Society with over 16,000 members in the Portland Metropolitan Area. Our core programs include environmental advocacy at the local, statewide and national level, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.  Audubon’s conservation reach extends from the inner city to Oregon’s wildest landscapes. Audubon is located on a 150-acre wildlife sanctuary, just minutes from downtown Portland. We also own and manage additional wildlife sanctuaries near Mt. Hood and on the Oregon Coast. Portland Audubon offers a welcoming and exciting work environment where the passion for native birds, wildlife and connecting people with nature is shared by all. 

More information can be found at


Audubon Society of Portland does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  Audubon Society of Portland is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals; and empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment. The Audubon Society of Portland Sanctuaries Assistant is expected to serve diverse audiences and help advance Portland Audubon’s diversity strategies. More background on our diversity efforts can be found at

Email Submissions Preferred
Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed employment application* to  with subject line: Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian.
*Employment application available at

CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2016

Submission via US Postal Service to
Wildlife Care Center Veterinarian
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road , Portland, OR 9721

Bear Manager - Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre - Animals Asia

 An increase in the number of bears in China has created the need for another Bear Manager to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person. Highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated animal professional is required to work with rescued Asiatic black bears at our Chengdu Bear Rescue Centre in Sichuan Province, China.

The position holder will work as part of our Bear & Vet Team responsible for overseeing teams of local bear care staff involved in the daily husbandry and management of the bears housed within the rescue centre. The position also involves working closely with Bear Team Supervisors and liaising with the resident veterinary team to manage various daily operations. The Bear Manager will report directly to the Bear & Vet Team Director.

 Due to Chinese visa requirements, a university degree in a relevant field and proven practical experience of 3 to 5 years are essential for this position. 


  • Co-coordinating various daily operations:
    • Animal care and management;
    • Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs;
    • Ordering animal food and other stock as required;
    • Supervising volunteers;
    • Maintaining bear behavior records & databases.
  • Preparing short reports for social media, supporters, or other recipients as required.
  • Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.
  • Human resources:
    • Staff evaluations;
    • Ensuring morale is maintained within bear care staff;
    • Identifying and addressing HR issues with the Bear & Vet Team Director as they arise.


  • University degree in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
  • Three to five years work experience in a captive wild animal facility or similar working environment
  • Computer literacy, including Excel
  • Willingness to travel and work off site for periods of time as required
  • Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
  • Fluent in English language
  • A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both foreign and local staff.
  • Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential

Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.
Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

The following items are included in your full-time contract
On-site accommodation            
Relocation assistance                           
Emergency medical insurance
Paid holidays

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary and completed Job Application form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Personal data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for recruitment purposes.

Closing date: 19th August 2016

Veterinary Nurse –Bear Rescue Centre in China - Animals Asia

Do you enjoy a challenge, and are you dedicated to animal welfare?  Are you a qualified veterinary nurse or technician and do you have a degree in veterinary nursing or a related field?
This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated individuals pursuing a career in wildlife care and welfare.  The Veterinary Nurse will work as part of a highly skilled veterinary team to ensure the care of predominantly Asiatic black bears (moon bears) and domestic animals at our rescue centre. Appointment is full-time, five days a week plus scheduled weekend work. Out of hours work may be required.

Candidates should be highly motivated with plenty of initiative and should be comfortable with both clinical and non-clinical work.  There is a high degree of autonomy in this position, and while you will work closely with other team members you will have distinct areas of responsibility; whilst reporting to the Senior Vet Nurse.

You will contribute to the constantly evolving field of bear medicine and management and will be expected to have a high degree of clinical skill and a passion for ongoing self-education.


  • Qualified Veterinary Nurse with Veterinary Nursing Degree (Degree level qualification in related field will be considered)
  • 3 to 5 years work experience in veterinary practice, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo medicine or a specialist referral centre. (Less experienced candidates with the appropriate personal attributes will be considered)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential
  • Strong work ethic, good humor and common sense
  • Applicants must have proficient computer skills including competency with word & excel software
  • Ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff
  • Cultural sensitivity and/or history of working abroad would be beneficial
  • Experience in captive wildlife nursing, rehabilitation or animal welfare work would be beneficial 
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years

The following items are included in your full-time contract

  • On-site accommodation                 
  • Relocation assistance                                
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • Paid holidays                

How to apply
Interested parties please forward your cover letter (stating the applied position), CV with your current and expected salary and completed Job Application form to: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For more information please visit our website

Closing date for applications is Friday 19th August 2016 ( 7/28/16 posted)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in the search for an Executive Director, South Florida Wildlife Center.

The Humane Society’s South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) admits more than 12,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, making it one of the largest wildlife hospitals, trauma centers, and rehabilitation facilities in the nation. The SFWC provides field rescue, clinic triage, state-of-the-art diagnostics, expert veterinary treatment and surgery, as well as pediatric and rehabilitative care to its wildlife patients. Through the use of three rescue ambulances that collectively travel about 7,000 miles per month, the Center serves the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade.

The SFWC employs more than 60 staff members, including three licensed veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary technicians, and many other animal care specialists. The Center also has more than 600 active volunteers.  Its state-of-the-art wildlife nursery admits up to 120 orphaned, abandoned, or displaced baby animals a day during baby season.  Founded in 1969, the SFWC has been an affiliate of The Humane Society of the US since 2009. It operates at no cost to citizens and relies on private funding.

The Executive Director (ED) will provide leadership, oversight, and direction for the SFWC. The ED will promote the mission of the Center as its primary spokesperson in the community as well as cultivate donors and constituents.
Specifically, the Executive Director will provide leadership to the staff and volunteers associated with the Center; provide supervisory oversight of the SFWC directors/center managers/supervisors; serve as the spokesperson for SFWC with community groups and media; provide direction for optimum facility management, maintenance of assets, procurement of supplies and materials, and maintenance of necessary licenses and permits; develop and implement facility polices and standards; assist with cultivation of major donors; be actively involved in all levels of fundraising; provide expertise/collaboration to other HSUS departments as needed; and prioritize resource needs, assist in budget formulation, manage budget, and approve all expenditures.

A minimum of ten years of professional experience is required for this position, and a degree in wildlife biology/zoology, animal husbandry or a related field is preferred.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. The HSUS and its affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—a higher volume than any other animal welfare organization—through sanctuaries, veterinary programs, and emergency shelters and rescues. The Humane Society works to professionalize the field of animal care with its education and training programs.

   While the HSUS comes to the aid of animals in crisis, they also attack the root causes of problems. The Humane Society’s most important goal is to prevent animals from being in situations of distress in the first place. The Humane Society drives transformational change for animals—bringing a wide set of tools to the biggest fights, confronting multibillion dollar industries and staying the course until reform is achieved.

Leaders in the humane movement ranked the HSUS as the most effective animal organization in the country, in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia. The Humane Society is approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 standards for charity accountability and was named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. 7/8/16

To apply for this position, visit:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in the search for a Director of Operations, South Florida Wildlife Center.

  The Humane Society’s South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) admits more than 12,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, making it one of the largest wildlife hospitals, trauma centers, and rehabilitation facilities in the nation. The SFWC provides field rescue, clinic triage, state-of-the-art diagnostics, expert veterinary treatment and surgery, as well as pediatric and rehabilitative care to its wildlife patients. Through the use of three rescue ambulances that collectively travel about 7,000 miles per month, the Center serves the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade.

The SFWC employs more than 60 staff members, including three licensed veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary technicians, and many other animal care specialists. The Center also has more than 600 active volunteers.  Its state-of-the-art wildlife nursery admits up to 120 orphaned, abandoned, or displaced baby animals a day during baby season.  Founded in 1969, the SFWC has been an affiliate of The Humane Society of the US since 2009. It operates at no cost to citizens and relies on private funding.

The Director of Operations (DOO) will support the Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlife Center in all aspects of SFWC management and operations. The DOO will provide leadership to staff and identify and take appropriate action on personnel issues as well as daily operational issues.

Specifically, the Director of Operations will oversee all operational functions associated with the Center; provide direct supervision and leadership to staff managers, supervisors, and coordinators; assess needs and provide direction for optimum animal care, facility management, special projects, maintenance of assets, procurement of supplies and materials, and maintenance of necessary licenses and permits; work with the Executive Director to develop, implement, and monitor organizational and facility policies and standards; assist with fundraising, donor cultivation, and special events; assist the Executive Director in budget formulation and budget management and submit proposed expenditures for the Executive Director’s approval; and provide accurate reports as required by the Executive Director.

Seven or more years of experience in the animal care field or a related field is required for this position, as is a Bachelor’s degree or significant, equivalent experience and training in an applicable field.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. The HSUS and its affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—a higher volume than any other animal welfare organization—through sanctuaries, veterinary programs, and emergency shelters and rescues. The Humane Society works to professionalize the field of animal care with its education and training programs.

While the HSUS comes to the aid of animals in crisis, they also attack the root causes of problems. The Humane Society’s most important goal is to prevent animals from being in situations of distress in the first place. The Humane Society drives transformational change for animals—bringing a wide set of tools to the biggest fights, confronting multibillion dollar industries and staying the course until reform is achieved.

Leaders in the humane movement ranked the HSUS as the most effective animal organization in the country, in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia. The Humane Society is approved by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for all 20 standards for charity accountability and was named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. 7/8/16

To apply for this position, visit:

TWRC Wildlife Center Executive Director – Houston, Texas

TWRC Wildlife Center is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of TWRC Wildlife Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, needs to be an entrepreneurial, dynamic, experienced individual who is motivated to build upon the  strong foundation already in place . The ED understands and advocates the mission of TWRC. The ideal candidate is a strong leader and manager with excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills. Must be self-motivated and one who is good at multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, networking, prioritizing conflicting demands and interested in growing with the organization.

The Executive Director will

  • provide leadership to the staff and volunteers associated with the Center
  • provide supervisory oversight of the staff and volunteers
  • serve as spokesperson for TWRC with the media
  • provide direction for optimum facility management;
  • maintain good stewardship of corporate assets
  • procurement of supplies and materials, and maintenance of necessary licenses and permits
  • develop and implement facility policies and standards
  • assist with cultivation of major donors
  • be involved in fundraising
  • assist in budget formulation, manage budget and approve all expenditures

Above all, the new ED must have passion. To be successful you have to be willing to work harder, learn more, practice longer, lead better, smile more, and love deeper. Passion rallies your team together when times are tough. It moves you to help one more animal after a long day. It inspires you to help a struggling volunteer. It provides legendary interaction with members. Passion transforms workplaces, powers champions, and fuels winning teams.

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience in non-profit management is preferred.  Previous animal-care services background is a plus but not mandatory.

For consideration please email your resume to or mail to:
Roslyn Even
TWRC Wildlife Center
10801 Hammerly Boulevard, Suite 200

Houston, TX 77043 7/8/2016

Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

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

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

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

Veterinary Internship in Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN

Spring/Summer 2017


Internship Objectives

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

This is a paid internship.

Rock Creek-Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

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

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

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

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

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

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

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

(Posted 8/19/15)

Tufts Veterinary Internship in Wildlife & Conservation Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Houston Zoo Internship

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

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

 General Job Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residency in Wildlife Health and Zoo Medicine - University of Montreal

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

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota

The Raptor Center 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

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

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.

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 ( )

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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

Length: One year, beginning immediately.

Extern for Vet students and/or Natural Sciences students

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

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

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

Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities

Wildlife Pathology Fellow, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

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

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

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

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at

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

PhD Position in Wildlife and Vector‐borne Diseases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

 PhD position in Epidemiology -University of Montreal

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

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

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

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

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

Candidate’s profile:

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 If interested, please contact:

Prof. Michele Miller – email:

Dr. Sven Parsons – email:

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eko Tracks – Veterinary Student Opportunity in Africa

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

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

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

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

Student Externship Opportunities

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


International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife Externship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit us at: and

Wildlife Medicine Externship -  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about WRC, visit our website at:

Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duration:  2-4 weeks from May-September

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

Application Deadline: Fall of previous year

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations

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

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

For upcoming courses see:

Related Job, Training, and Education Links

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center




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