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Marine Mammals Management Program Wildlife Biologist
The Marine Mammals Management Program is advertising multiple GS-486-11/12 Wildlife Biologist positions in Anchorage, Alaska. The office is responsible for onservation and management of polar bears, Pacific walrus, and northern sea otters under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended; including co-management activities with Alaska Native organizations. Multiple positions may be filled focusing on one or all three marine mammal species. Incumbent(s) will help develop and implement conservation and recovery goals and strategies; engage in regulatory review and rulemaking; participate in harvest assessment, monitoring, and management; and assess species/stock status and trends. Come join an exciting program focused on conserving three iconic marine mammal species!
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with a population of 300,000, yet it is only 20 minutes from wilderness. The city hosts 162 parks with over 400 km of local trails, including 100
km of groomed cross-country ski trails, many of which are lit. Recreational opportunities
abound year round, including downhill and cross-country skiing, ice hockey, fishing, golf, swimming, hiking, biking, and camping. The George Sullivan Sports Arena, Alaska Performing Arts Center, and Egan Convention Center boast cultural and entertainment events throughout the year from professional hockey to Broadway shows. World class
outdoor recreation opportunities are just a short drive away, including the Alyeska ski
resort, Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest. Alaska boasts 16 National
Wildlife Refuges totaling 77 million acres, as well as magnificent National Parks and the
nation’s two largest National Forests.
Please distribute this announcement to all who may be interested. The application period is open until November 12, 2014, and the position is open to all federal employees and all U.S. citizens on separate job announcements.
Federal government employees may apply Merit Promotion:
All US Citizens may apply: R7-15-1231620-ES
Please go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov and search by job series (401) grade (13) location (Anchorage, Alaska).
For more information on the duties of this position contact Deb Pierce Williams at (907)
Additional information on living in Anchorage, Alaska can be found at:
WILDLIFE SPECIALIST REGIONAL SUPERVISOR - “Fish Health Lab Specialist”
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION / FISHERIES BRANCH / PHOENIX BASED
SALARY GRADE 22 ($43,239-$77,468)
REQUISITION#12895 / CLOSING DATE: 12/05/2014
Description of Duties: Under direction of the Hatchery Program Supervisor, this position is responsible in implementing the State’s fish health program. Coordinates with regional offices and leads, coordinates, and programmatically supervises regional fish program and hatchery managers to prioritize fish health projects and ensure successful implementation of fish health activities. Coordinate and conducts fish health inspections and certifications to all Department hatcheries prior to stocking fish to provide recreational angling opportunities across the state. Conducts diagnostic sampling for disease epizootics in Department hatcheries and for wild fish populations using presumptive and confirmed methodologies. Assists in the annual evaluation and inspection of fish kills and confirmation of diseases causing those kills, and provides input and guidance on the risk of all importation and transfers of fish within Arizona. Reviews associated health certificates to ensure completeness and accuracy. Serves as the main point of contact for fish health concerns, questions and informational needs with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Tribal governments and various partners to plan, develop and implement activities associated with the State Fish Health Laboratory. Trains hatchery staff in fish health and fish health procedures. Writes scientific reports based on inspections, surveys and diagnostic investigations. Prepares and develops correspondence, memorandums of understanding, publications and intergovernmental and cooperative agreements. Provides veterinarian feed directives and prescriptions as appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate will have knowledge of/in: fish diseases, immunology, genetics and Arizona geography and main waterways. The candidate will have skill in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, and parasitology; fisheries investigation techniques; laboratory equipment; lakes, streams, fish and aquatic wildlife resources; southwest ecosystems; statistical and analytical methodology analysis and interpretation; strategic planning; report writing; budget administration. The candidate will have skill in: water based fisheries and aquatic habitat sampling activities; verbal and written communication; statistical analysis and reporting; basic accounting principles; public outreach; project planning and execution. The preferred candidate will have a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM) or certification as an American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Health Inspector. A Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field, preferably with an emphasis in fisheries or aquatic ecosystems is required.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions. Position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
* 13 days’ vacation
* 12 sick days
* 10 paid holidays
* Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System
* Superior health care options
* Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
* Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
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Associate or Full Professor of Conservation Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in St. Kitts
RUSVM offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. An integrated curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.
Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries. Four research centers advance productivity and standing of research and research training, and include One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Integrative Mammalian Research, Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health, and Research and Innovation in Veterinary and Medical Education. We are expanding and prioritizing the recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.
The successful candidate will join a team focused on the delivery of graduate and postgraduate education in the area of conservation medicine and ecosystem health. A significant role will be the development and delivery of on-line programs in the area of conservation medicine and ecosystem, supported by experts in necessary education technologies. S/he will work closely with the Head of Department, Biomedical Sciences, the Director of the Centre for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health, and the Director of Postgraduate Studies and will be responsible for participation in a research program, resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals, external support, and for mentoring students in Masters and PhD programs.
We prioritize recruitment of talented researchers, faculty and staff who are passionate about veterinary education, and wish to help us deliver our vision of practice-ready graduates and seek interested candidates with a DVM degree or comparable degree and additional specialist training and a PhD with a track record of publishing in quality journals, as well as a demonstrated potential to develop a collaborative or independent research program. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Kathleen (Kathy) Payne
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Skype by appointment: kpayne1009 (10/20)
Veterinarian, Cape Wildlife Center
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Veterinarian for its Cape Wildlife Center. The main responsibility of this position is to be responsible for veterinary care of wildlife patients admitted to the Cape Wildlife Center, for maintaining complete and accurate records of the animals, for teaching student externs, seasonal staff and volunteers regarding veterinary wildlife care, husbandry and other wildlife related issues. Other duties include, but are not limited to: oversee the veterinary aspects of the center; perform physical examinations on admitted patients and ongoing cases; ensure that treatment plans are communicated to the staff; make and ensure the performance of euthanasia decisions; directly supervise student externs seasonal staff and volunteers; assess risks and develop procedures to minimize risks and liabilities; monitor work and performance quantity and quality of student externs and seasonal staff; assist in preparing animals for release; follow appropriate and accepted veterinary and rehabilitation guidelines regarding assessment and disposition of wildlife presented to the center. Must be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or have a Veterinary Medical Doctorate. A current Massachusetts state veterinary license and a current Massachusetts rehabilitator’s license required. Experience with avian medicine and surgery, and wildlife rehabilitation is essential. Ability to work overtime in an emergency is also necessary. Must have and maintain up-to-date rabies prophylaxis and titer. Other important skills include: experience supervising others; experience with/knowledge of the wildlife of southern New England, and experience with wildlife and/or exotic pet medicine and surgery.
Please submit a cover letter and resume by using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Barnstable, Ma. (10/27)
|Internships and Residency Opportunities
Residency in Zoological Medicine and Surgery Wildlife Conservation Society
Bronx, New York
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Zoological Health Program offers a three year post-graduate veterinary residency training program in Zoological Medicine and Surgery. The program is divided into clinical responsibilities and research, 100% of which relate to zoological medicine. Clinical experience will occur at all five of the facilities in New York City managed by WCS (Bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo). Opportunities for both prospective and retrospective research exist throughout the five parks. The program provides training and mentorship to an individual with the goal of graduating a professionally competent clinical veterinarian who will significantly contribute to the field of zoo and wildlife medicine as a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM).
WCS’s facilities maintain over 12,000 individuals of over 1300 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and both terrestrial and aquatic mammals. These collections provide a varied and large patient caseload (approximately 15,000 records are written on over 2300 active cases annually). The goal of the residency is to provide intensive case-based clinical zoological training in a structured environment supervised by four ACZM Diplomates and one ABVP-Avian Diplomate. The resident will participate in all phases of the clinical practice (preventive medicine, quarantine and preshipment procedures, medical and surgical care, and necropsy). State of the art equipment allows for advanced procedures including microsurgery, laparoscopy, endoscopy, and ultrasonography. The program consists of a five-day work week with shared additional night and weekend on-call duties.
Although initially the resident will accompany a staff veterinarian on zoo rounds, during the course of the program the resident assumes increasingly independent case responsibility. During the first 2 years the resident is primarily based at the Bronx Zoo's Wildlife Health Center, a 30,000 square foot medical and surgical facility. In the third year there is increased involvement with the clinical practices of the other three zoos and the aquarium, each of which have their own medical clinics or hospital.
The resident is required to develop an independent research project relating to Zoological Medicine, submit the research design for IACUC approval if indicated, and submit the project results for publication and presentation at a scientific meeting. The resident will be encouraged to fulfill the publication requirements for ACZM board eligibility. On average, six hours per week will be allotted for independent study time and manuscript publication. The trainee is also allotted time to partake in continuing education opportunities or conferences each year and to rotate through the WCS pathology service.
Housing for the resident is provided on site within the grounds of the Bronx Zoo and it is required that the resident live on-grounds for the duration of the program.
Applicants must be graduate veterinarians with at least one year of clinical experience, preferably in a structured program. Applicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply, but the applicant must be able to obtain a license to practice in NYS before the start date of the program. Preference is generally given to applicants from AVMA accredited colleges. The Wildlife Conservation Society is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Residents are required to live in an apartment on zoo grounds and to be available for night emergencies and night treatments. The salary is $35,000 yr1, $36,250 yr2, and $37,500 yr3.
Interested applicants are invited to attend one of three information sessions: Nov 5, Nov 17, Nov 21, 2013. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Please submit your application through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program: www.virmp.org. Application deadline is Dec. 8, 2013. For information, please contact Dr. John Sykes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to Apply / Contact :
Please submit your application through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program: www.virmp.org. Application deadline is Dec. 8, 2013. For information, please contact Dr. John Sykes (email@example.com). (10/27)
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.
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 24, 2014. Selected candidates will be required to travel to Tufts for interviews in November and December, with final selection made before January 9, 2015. The first internship will run from June 15, 2015 until June 30, 2016. The second internship will run from July 13, 2015 until July 31, 2016.
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 www.wildlifecenter.org under job openings.
Please send a cover letter, résumé and list of 3 references to:
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Post Office Box 1557
Waynesboro, VA 22980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston Zoo Internship
The Houston Zoo is seeking a Veterinary Student Intern for our Houston Toad Conservation Program for the summer of 2014. This is an opportunity to work with one of the most endangered amphibians in the United States. Applicants that have completed one to two years of veterinary education and have an interest in non-domestic or zoo animal medicine are preferred. Apply by April 15, 2014.
The successful candidate will participate in the husbandry of captive Houston toads and work with zoo veterinarians and conservation biologists to design, implement, and complete a research project relating to the Houston toad program.
General Job Description:
- Routine husbandry of Houston toads including feeding, cleaning, and record keeping to get baseline knowledge of husbandry and toad biology.
- Potential participation in hormone-assisted captive propagation program.
- Once familiarized with program, selection of a research project of interest, design and implementation of project.
o Potential project topics include but are not limited to pathology and disease surveillance/reporting, reproduction, or standardized health assessments of captive Houston toads.
o Mentorship and supervision will be available but the success of the research project will be dependent primarily on the Houston Toad Veterinary Intern.
o A motivated intern with a solid project has the potential to turn this research into a peer-reviewed publication.
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.
Contact Dr. Lauren Howard, Associate Veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, for information and details on applying: email@example.com, office: (713) 533 6630
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
Internship – The primary emphasis of the internship program is to train undergraduate and graduate students of biology, zoology, ecology, conservation or veterinary medicine (1st to 3rd year) in the essentials of wildlife handling, recovery, rehabilitation, and release back to the wild. The term Intern is used in the context of that used in industry and private enterprise.
Externship – The primary emphasis of the extern program is to train senior veterinary students and veterinary technician students in the current techniques of conservation and wildlife medicine. The term extern is used as defined by the AAZV (www.aazv.org )
POTENTIAL DAILY TASKS
The following is a list of primary activities that interns may have the chance to participate in:
- Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:
Such species may include:
- Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and / or opossums
- Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds
- Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc)
- 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
- 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
- Shorebirds, waterfowl and / or wading birds
- Seabirds (sea ducks, gulls, pelagic species, etc)
- 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
- 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.crowclinic.org/studentprogram.html
|Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities
PhD Position in Wildlife and Poultry Diseases
A 3-year PhD position is available commencing January of 2015 in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Nemeth, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This PhD position will involve determining the presence and prevalence of important poultry-associated infectious agents among free-ranging wild turkeys in Ontario to identify the potential risk of disease transmission from wild turkeys to commercial turkeys using a qualitative risk assessment framework. The research will involve a combination of laboratory and field work, as well as data organization, interpretation, and analyses, including but not limited to use of geographic information software (GIS), spatial statistics, 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 and Food, the poultry industry, as well the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses (Public Health Agency of Canada), and others.
An MSc or outstanding undergraduate record is required; a DVM is desirable, but not required.
The deadline for submission is November 15, 2014 or until a suitable candidate is found.
Additional information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found at:
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: email@example.com
Research-related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicole Nemeth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com):
- Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores
- Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work
already being pursued in the lab.
- Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.
- Post-graduate career plans.
- Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.
- Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).
For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab
webpage http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more general
information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the
departmental website http://ebio.colorado.edu/. (10/27)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) - School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University
One year full time (the program can be undertaken in part-time mode)
The Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) can be undertaken by distance education or at the Murdoch University Campus. This program is available to veterinarians resident in Australia or overseas. The program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only.
Conservation medicine is an emerging discipline that involves the integration of veterinary science, conservation biology and public health in order to: advance biodiversity conservation; address issues associated with the inter-relationships between human, animal and ecosystem health; and study the effects of global environmental change on these health inter-relationships. There is increasing recognition that veterinarians have an important role to play within interdisciplinary teams working on environmental conservation projects.
The Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) will provide veterinarians with training and expertise, which can be applied in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects. The program may be entirely coursework based or may involve a placement with a conservation project either in Australia or overseas.
Further information on the Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) can be accessed at:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (+ 61 8) 9360 2640
Wildlife Health Governance in Sri Lanka and Canada
An exciting opportunity is available for a PhD. student in the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab of Dr. Ryan Brook at the University of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, the Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Centre, and the Centre for Coastal Health. Our research group has initiated a large study of the biophysical and social aspects of wildlife disease at the interface of livestock and human health. This Ph.D. project will be focused on investigating governance models for cross-sectoral programs in wildlife health in Sri Lanka. There has been very little research on good governance for cross-sectoral knowledge mobilization in the wildlife health and veterinary sectors. In Sri Lanka, animal health policies and practices have largely relied on traditional agriculture development models with centralized extension and management. Legislative responsibility for wildlife health issues is divided among ministries and there are consequent large gaps in ecosystem and human health management capacity. This project is organized around two tasks; (i) to develop an evaluative framework for effective governance for a “bridging organization” at the interface of wildlife and human health and (ii) application of the derived framework to Sri Lanka to support evidence-based development of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Centre
The philosophy of our research group is to train students in research design by giving each student considerable latitude to develop some aspects of their project in ways that best fit their skills and career aspirations. In addition to an education with a focus on strong science and critical thinking, students will gain valuable practical experience in the field in Sri Lanka. The student will also be trained in communication and knowledge translation and will contribute to stakeholder consultation and sharing project objectives and outcomes.
Applicants with relevant experience and strong communication capacity will be given preference. The successful applicant will ideally begin on or before September 2014. During the first year, the student will be expected to seek scholarships, complete coursework, and develop and defend a research proposal. Stipend is $18,000/year (plus tuition release) and this can be supplemented with additional scholarships and awards. Applicants must have a Masters degree in a related field (e.g. sociology, geography, environmental studies, or environmental science) and must meet the admission requirements for the University of Saskatchewan.
Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, CV, and indication of academic performance (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage) to Dr. Ryan Brook (email@example.com
). Application review will begin June 18, 2014
and will continue until the position is filled.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is April 1st.
For more information and to apply on-line visit our MCM program website at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/mcm/
Learn more about Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/ccm/
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
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 2014 season now. Get a head start at this once in a
life time educational experience and read more on www.ekotracks.com
Application forms are downloadable.
Contact information: Werner Dörgeloh (PhD Wildlife Management);
Tel/Fax (919) 290-2832 email@example.com
Student Externship Opportunities
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel , Florida
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 http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/training/senior_externship.cfm
ARCAS, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Peten, Guatemala - Veterinary externships, volunteer opportunities with tropical orphaned wildlife
The ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, located on the edge of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, in Peten, Guatemala, hosts over six hundred animals from the confiscations of illegal traffickers. Placing these animals through our IUCN based and HIS approved protocols of rehabilitation to REINTRODUCE them to their natural habitat.
Species include spider and howler monkeys, parrots, macaws, toucans, coatis, raccoons, otters, turtles, crocodiles, among others. We are opening externship programs aimed at veterinary students and veterinary technicians with a strong emphasis on wild animal handling, preventive, emergency and field medicine. Three programs are available, 2, 4, and 6 weeks. We encourage prospective participants to talk to your university supervisors to gain credit over the experience.
Participants will have direct contact with most of the species, will assist in treatments, conduct necropsies, receive lectures on wildlife medicine and management, capture, handle, perform physical examinations, administer treatments and monitor patients. Also, we participate in the general maintenance of the rescue centers facilities.
•For the year 2015, courses will start the first Monday of February, April, June, August, October; the participant should arrive the day before.
Visit us at: www.arcasguatemala.org and www.facebook.com/ArcasGuatemala
•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): firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
For more information about WRC, visit our website at: www.wrcmn.org
Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center
Program: Wildlife Medicine Externship
Company Name: California Wildlife Center
Department: CWC Hospital
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, CA 90265
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
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,
Contact: Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services
opportunity - Wildlife Clinic,
of Veterinary Medicine
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.
2-4 weeks from May-September
Requests: Letter of interest, current CV, two letters of recommendation
Deadline: Fall of previous year
test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations
Flo Tseng, DVM, Director, Phone:
Job, Training, and Education Links
Wildlife Disease Association
The American Zoo
and Aquarium Association
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
National Wildlife Health Center
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center