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Veterinary Medical Officer (Wildlife) - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:R9-16-1520834-JH


$76,667.00 to $118,515.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Wednesday, October 14, 2015




Full Time - Permanent



1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK


This position is located in Wildlife Health Team at the Natural Resources Program Center (Center), National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) with the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in Anchorage, AK.  The Veterinary Medical Officer (Wildlife) provides veterinary services to the Alaska Region.  These services may include participating in or overseeing regional (1) wildlife capture efforts: animal capture and handling, applicable chemical immobilization, and tagging-collaring-surgical procedures necessary for assessing individual animal movement, environmental conditions, or habitat use; training of professional wildlife biologists in wildlife capture, handling, and/or animal processing;  development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for safe wildlife capture, handling, tagging, and sampling in collaboration with other federal agencies, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and/or other international, state, local, or private organizations; successful application for DEA Controlled Substances registration. (2) investigation of and response to unanticipated epizootic or spill events; leadership in local, regional, or national wildlife disease surveillance efforts. (3) review of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) proposals; and (4) implementation of original research regarding wildlife pathogens, parasites, wildlife veterinary procedures, or wildlife population health.

This position is also being announced under competitive procedures. If you want to be considered under both merit promotion and open competitive procedures, YOU MUST ALSO APPLY UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER R9-16-1514833-JH.

Provides expert veterinary support to Service wildlife capture activities conducted in the Alaska Region and maintains up-to-date knowledge of field anesthesia techniques, ensures compliance with Animal Welfare Act requirements and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) approved protocols, strictly adheres to Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) rules and regulations for the use and storage of controlled substances.

Serves as an integral member of the Natural Resource Program Center’s Wildlife Health Office Team. Assists in the development of the annual budget and work plan, as well as facilitating issue identification, prioritization, and effective response.

Reviews scientific proposals and reports to evaluate hypotheses, research design, appropriateness of methods, probability of success, and overall importance to wildlife disease management or science.

Analyzes disease report summaries and determines the impact on Service resources; develops action plans as required, coordinates actions with the Refuges and other Service regions as warranted. Fields questions concerning the report and Service response from various sources, including employees from the Service, representatives from other Federal and State agencies, representatives from FWS partners, and the media.

Analyzes the impact of wildlife morbidity and mortality events on populations, and assists wildlife biologists and/or managers as needed to evaluate impacts to harvest regulations or other population goals.

Provides veterinary field support to Service wildlife capture activities, outbreak investigation, monitoring, biological sample collection and processing, surgical procedures, chemical capture and restraint, and handling of small and large animals.

Conducts biological field investigations involving wildlife populations, including population health assessments and targeted disease surveillance.

Develops biological monitoring and research proposals, survey and study designs, and scopes-of-work.
Works with Regional field Biologists to provide training in wildlife health monitoring and surveillance procedures, chemical and physical restraint and handling, and Disease Contingency Planning.

Provides on-site technical assistance to refuge managers and biologists, law enforcement agents, and ecological services personnel and others regarding wildlife health and management issues, regulatory medicine, animal handling, and pathology.

Performs field necropsies when necessary for disease investigation and gross pathology. Works closely with veterinary diagnostic labs to optimize tissue collection and storage techniques for disease diagnostic techniques including histopathology, microbiology, and toxicology.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

 To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples of this experience:  knowledge of applying principles of veterinary medicine science as they pertain to wildlife health and conservation; knowledge of the methods of humane care and use of free-ranging wild animals; and experience applying recent developments in a variety of scientific fields such as microbiology, ecology, epidemiology, anesthesiology, the use of pharmaceuticals and controlled substances, parasitology, wildlife management, and other sciences.

 To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.  You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples of this experience: experience in applying principles of veterinary medicine science as they pertain to wildlife health and conservation; professional expertise in methods of humane care and use of free-ranging wild animals; experience in applying recent developments in a variety of scientific fields such as microbiology, ecology, epidemiology, anesthesiology, the use of pharmaceuticals and controlled substances, parasitology, wildlife management, and other sciences; evaluating diverse animal research protocols for compliance with regulations; and utilizing scientific methods and communicating the results of findings by publishing in scientific journal, technical reports, regulations, policy, or presenting at professional conferences.
GS-701 Qualification: 

Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

Mastery of, and skill in applying, advanced concepts, principles, practices, and methodology of veterinary medicine. 
Ability to synthesize existing information, apply new scientific findings, developments, and advances to meet innovative, complex, controversial, long-term wildlife health and management needs that are national and international in scope.

Ability to design and safely conduct a variety of disease monitoring surveys and other quantitative field investigations, including planning complex logistics in remote areas involving boats and aircraft.

Comprehensive knowledge of advances and possession of veterinary skills of value to professional wildlife management as related to animal capture and animal health in Alaska. This includes the ability to conduct animal capture activities, wildlife disease investigations, including ecological associations, epidemiological relationships (sources, reservoirs, and routes of transmission), and pathological findings.

Knowledge, skill, and proficiency in wildlife capture techniques, including use of drug delivery systems (such as dart guns), field anesthesia and surgical techniques, as well as safe and effective use of controlled substances.
Knowledge of and experience with wildlife pathogens, outbreak investigation, field necropsies, environmental contaminants and dissemination pathways, population-limiting factors based on habitat nutritional quality, climate change, predation and competition, or other demographic factors.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to present findings through standing briefings, biological reports, wildlife portions of NEPA compliance, scientific papers, and otherwise effectively represent the Service at professional and management meetings.

Organization and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with individuals, agencies, and a wide variety of interest groups and education levels for the purpose of coordinating efforts and resolving conflicts.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category determination is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

One or more positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement. For more infromation:

VETERINARIAN II - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Gainesville, Florida

Broadband/Class Code: 29-1131-05
Position Number: 77907014-51346772
Annual Salary Range: $26 - 28.50 / hr
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB011
Closing Date: 9/14/2015

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), invites applications for an OPS Veterinarian II in the Fish and Wildlife Health subsection. Applicants should be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida and have a strong background in terrestrial wildlife ecology and diseases.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The successful applicant will function as a member of an integrated wildlife disease research and management team. Responsibilities of the position include conducting surveillance for wildlife diseases such as avian influenza virus and virulent Newcastle disease virus; performing field investigations of avian, reptile/amphibian, and other wildlife disease and mortality events; conducting necropsies and preparing necropsy reports; representing FWC on wildlife disease-related matters; and providing wildlife veterinary technical expertise and assistance to FWC biologists, other agencies and organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Eligibility for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474 and for a DEA license is required. Additionally, we are seeking someone uniquely qualified who, in additional to having a Veterinarian's license, also has a degree in one of the physical or natural sciences and one years’ experience in veterinary medicine and/or wildlife ecology. A graduate degree in wildlife ecology or related field may substitute for the required experience.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Knowledge of: the principles, techniques and equipment used in veterinary medicine; wildlife diseases, their symptoms and treatment; animal anatomy, physiology and pathology; wildlife immobilization; wildlife, freshwater, and marine ecology; statistics; general scientific techniques and methods; methods of data collection and analyses; database entry and analyses; principles of scientific writing. Skill in: investigation of wildlife mortality events; necropsy of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife; diagnostic sample collection; use of personal computers, spreadsheet, and word processing software, especially Microsoft Office products; analysis of scientific data; preparation of scientific reports; and editorial review of written materials. Ability to: conduct, analyze, and interpret the results of veterinary examinations and tests; conduct field work; plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; work independently; utilize problems-solving techniques; conduct training seminars; establish and maintain effective working relationships with wildlife rehabilitators, state and federal agencies, and others; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and maintain a valid driver's license.

OPS EMPLOYMENT DESCRIPTION: The position is OPS (Other Personnel Services), which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work. The position is term-limited for one year (ending December 31, 2016) but may be extended pending job performance and available funding.
Benefits applicable to OPS employees:

  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan – mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation – mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) – mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance- voluntary
  • Deferred Compensation – voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary

Benefits not applicable to OPS employees:

  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must do all of the following by midnight on the closing date listed: submit an electronic State of Florida employment application, complete the qualifying questions, and upload a current CV or resume and a cover letter. The cover letter should explain your interest in FWC and this position, detail relevant experience, and identify how you meet the required KSAs for the position. If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please call People First at 1-877-562-7287. 8/31/2015

Non-Government Organizations

Faculty Position in Zoological Medicine - College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University

The Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure track or clinical track faculty position in the Section of Zoological Medicine. The section is composed of four clinical faculty members with the goals of supporting robust pre-clinical and clinical research programs, providing excellent services at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center (WHC), the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, and the Exotic Pet Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, maintaining a strong teaching and outreach program, and consulting with a variety of local zoos and veterinarians.  The faculty are supported by experienced, licensed technicians (LVT), one resident in zoological medicine and 2 interns in wildlife and exotic pet medicine. The Wildlife Health Center is equipped to care for native wild animals (excluding hospitalization of larger species).  The Rosamond Gifford Zoo hospital and the Wildlife Health Center are well equipped to support comprehensive, state-of-the art medical care and teaching. Samples are processed on site and analyses are performed at the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, and other referral centers.

Candidates must have a veterinary degree. Board certification by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is preferred, but candidates who are board certified by the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM – Zoo Health Management) will be considered with the expectation to be ACZM boarded within 2 years. Clinical and/or basic science research experience is preferred.  Clinical expertise in zoological medicine applied to captive and wild populations is essential.

Distribution of effort in the section and department will be determined in accordance with the service needs, academic priorities, and the candidate’s expertise and academic goals in zoological medicine. Clinical teaching and service in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (Wildlife Health Center) and at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, lecture and laboratory instruction of veterinary students and house officers, and independent and collaborative research are expected. Extensive opportunities for collaborative research exist at the College and University, including Weill Medical College and technology campuses in New York City, and at the Zoo.

Clinical duties require flexible working hours that will include daytime, evening, and weekend responsibilities. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively.

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

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts people from all races, nationalities and genders. We strongly encourage underrepresented minorities to apply. The University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career program to assist with dual career searches.

For more information, go to: contact Dr. Noha Abou-Madi, Chair of the Search Committee at

Electronic application submission is through Academic Jobs Online:

The required sections of the application include a cover letter describing your research interests, teaching philosophy and clinical interests, curriculum vitae, and email addresses for letter requests of 3 referees who will be invited to upload their letters at this site.

Review of applications will begin on October 7th 2015, and continue until the position is filled. 8/24/15

Chair Professor/Professor (One Health) - City University of Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education.  As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.  The University has seven Colleges/Schools.  As part of its pursuit of excellence, the University aims to recruit outstanding scholars from all over the world in various disciplines, including business, creative media, energy, engineering, environment, humanities, law, science, social sciences, veterinary sciences and other strategic growth areas.

The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) was launched in spring 2014 in collaboration with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The SVM is the first in Hong Kong and is envisioned as a centre of excellence in animal health education, discovery and clinical care in China and the Asia-Pacific region.  The School is committed to striving for excellence in research and teaching, with particular interest in emerging zoonotic diseases, animal welfare, aquatic production, public health and food safety.

The University is currently accelerating its recruitment of highly motivated and qualified staff that will lead the development of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Chair Professor/Professor (One Health) [Ref. E/125/49]

Duties: Provide executive leadership and strategic direction for the entire operation, service, instructional and research aspects of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory, a facility housed academically within the SVM and committed to deliver world-class diagnostic testing service for a number of domestic and foreign diseases to the veterinary and general community in Hong Kong and the region, accredited to international standards (ISO 17025).

The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching and supervision of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, establish and maintain clinical/applied research programmes and carry out administrative work and other duties to facilitate the development of the School.

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or an equivalent veterinary degree, with evidence of further postgraduate education in the form of Diplomate status in a recognized specialty board and/or an advanced degree. A PhD or equivalent is highly preferred.  Strong leadership capabilities, a record of active participation in academic affairs, and evidence of balance of excellence in teaching, research and clinical activities that are appropriate to the interests of the SVM is essential.  Applicants must have demonstrated experience in administration of a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, a section/division of a veterinary diagnostic laboratory or other animal health organization of comparable scope, good understanding of dynamic and evolving diagnostic technologies and be able to develop and implement innovative solutions, services and products.

Salary and Conditions of Service
Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance.  Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable).  Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.

Information and Application
Further information on the posts and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].

To apply, please submit an online application at, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Nominations can be sent directly to the Human Resources Office.  Applications and nominations will receive full consideration until the position is filled and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity.  Personal data provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.

Worldwide recognition ranking 5th among top 50 universities under age 50 (QS survey 2014); 1st in Engineering/Technology/Computer Sciences in Hong Kong (Shanghai Jiao Tong University survey 2014); and 2nd Business School in Asia-Pacific region (UT Dallas survey 2014). Apply Here: (9/8/2015)

Captive Wildlife Veterinarian - PETA

Location: Telecommuting

Job Description: Thousands of animals languish in roadside zooscircuses, and other captive-animal exhibits all over the United States. We know that animals aren't actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns—yet they are still forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment. PETA is looking to hire a veterinarian with wildlife and exotic-animal experience to join our team and help put an end to these cases of animal abuse. As a PETA veterinarian, you will assess the health of animals in captivity, prepare suggestions for improvements, and assist with relocation missions for the animals when possible. Use your veterinary knowledge of elephants, tigers, lions, and more to assistant those held in captivity across the nation and beyond.

Position Objective: To use professional expertise and experience, particularly with exotic-animal and wildlife species, to assist with  PETA's cruelty and neglect cases

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
• Review and advise on specific cases of abuse of animals in roadside zoos, circuses, and similar captive-animal exhibits and collections
• Travel as needed to assess potential cruelty cases and conditions of at-risk animals in captive situations
• Assist in determining best courses of action in accordance with veterinary standards
• Identify and recommend improvements regarding problems with captive wildlife and the exhibition of exotic animals
• Develop and execute strategic plans for securing improvements in care
• Conduct research in order to develop or review literature to advance captive-animal protection
• When possible, assist with relocation missions, such as the transport of bears and elephants to sanctuaries
• Develop and maintain relationships with other exotic-animal experts, exotic-animal keepers, whistleblowers, sanctuaries, and government agencies
• Present PETA's positions to the media
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university
• Minimum of two years of experience working with large animals, exotic animals, and captive wildlife
• Advanced working knowledge of captive-animal health issues
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times
• Proven ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects
• Proven exceptional writing and research skills
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy and the ability to communicate effectively
• Proven ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships
• Willingness and ability to travel on short notice
• Must have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Please apply online: (8/26/15)

Elephant Conservation Center Veterinarian- Sayaboury, Laos

Job description:

  • Provide prophylactic and medical care to the center’s resident elephants (currently 7 adults and 2 juveniles), a maybe elephants from outside the center from time to time
  • Manage the stocking of the hospital’s pharmacy
  • Keep good medical records and develop medical protocols for future vets’ use
  • Give a daily 1 hour hospital visit talk to the tourists who come to the center. Educating visitors is an important aspect of the job
  • Target training of the center’s elephants so they will cooperate with future medical checks/treatments
  • Assist in the planning and execution of new projects at the center e.g. a birthing area which can be monitored, breeding programmes.
  • The veterinary work itself is sole charge. Collaboration with overseas elephant veterinarians is encouraged. You will work closely with the center’s biologist, the mahouts, and management staff.

Note: there is a lot of scope for further project development.  This may include, but is not limited to providing veterinary care to elephants outside the center, and providing training to Lao and overseas veterinary students or new graduates. 

  • At least 3 years clinical experience in large animal, mixed animal or zoological practice.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a history of working abroad, plus a background in captive wildlife management or charitable veterinary work are beneficial.
  • Excellent clinical and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem-solving medicine and self-directed learning and plenty of initiative and flexibility.
  • The ideal applicant will be flexible with suddenly changing situations, happy to work independently where required and excited to experience a vastly different culture.

Duration: 6 months minimum
Commencing: ASAP
Salary: a modest wage commensurate with experience
Food and accommodation on site will be provided, and visa costs will be covered.

How to apply:
Please email your cover letter and CV to Jozef Coremans


Wildlife Pathologist, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences - College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applications for a Senior Research Associate position as a Wildlife Pathologist with the New York State Cooperative Wildlife Health Program. This program is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program involves wildlife disease surveillance and monitoring; policy consultations; training, preparedness and response in the event of disease outbreaks; training of staff, veterinary students, and residents; wildlife health research; and veterinary consultation. The successful candidate will be expected to fully participate in the program as well as maintain a creative research program focused on wildlife health issues. Primary duties will be to develop and implement molecular based testing for diseases of wildlife concern, conduct necropsies and review histopathology for wildlife cases, and assist with teaching and supervision of students and trainees. Other desirable qualities of the successful candidate include experience in conducting research, strong interpersonal skills, effective communication, leadership talent, public-speaking experience, and the ability to work in collaborative research, clinical, and teaching environments. 

This position is a full-time, three-year appointment with opportunity for renewals pending continued funding support and performance evaluations. The estimated distribution effort for the successful candidate will be 45% clinical service (pathology, diagnostic testing, case coordination), 10% teaching, and 45% research. The caseload consists of New York native wildlife species. The collaborative program handles 2000 cases annually with 200 of those as necropsies performed at Cornell. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative on cases and research initiatives. Other duties will include outreach activities, communications materials, support of NYSDEC field and research projects, and other duties as assigned.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest and seek collaborations within and external to the University. This includes securing extramural funding and producing peer-reviewed publications.

Cornell University is located in beautiful Ithaca, New York. The University offers an exciting work environment with opportunities for innovative research, outreach, and teaching collaborations with faculty active in international conservation work, sustainability, and field ecology in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Ecology, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Ithaca campus also houses state-of-the-art core facilities such as in vivo imaging and genomics, and the full-service multi-disciplinary Animal Health Diagnostic Center, with additional potential for partnerships with other state and federal agencies and conservation organizations.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races and nationalities and both genders.  Women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Krysten Schuler, Faculty Search Committee Chair, at Prospective candidates should upload their application materials, including a letter of intent including future research interests [max. 3 pages], curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to The search committee will begin considering complete applications on August 10 and will continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant anticipated start date could be as early as Oct/Nov 2015.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples through its Dual Career Program and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual-career searches

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.



Metabiota, Inc. (Nanaimo, British Columbia location) is seeking an Epidemiologist to work with our international research teams in Africa and Asia to analyze and publish zoonotic disease surveillance data, under the direction of the Director of Epidemiology and working closely with other programmatic and administrative (financial and contractual) staff.

Predict Program:  USAID has awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to a constellation of leading experts in wildlife surveillance including the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Metabiota, Inc, EcoHealth Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society and The Smithsonian Institute, to monitor for zoonoses that could pose a major threat to human health. Our efforts will increase the local capacity in geographic hot spots throughout the world to identify the emergence of new infectious diseases in high-risk wildlife such as bats, rodents, and non-human primates.

Who We Are and What We Do:  Founded in 2008 by world-renowned virologist, author and thought leader, Dr. Nathan Wolfe, Metabiota, Inc. is a global leader in infectious disease research and services. It operates in 20 countries, with offices in San Francisco, Washington, China, Canada and Sierra Leone.  Following five years of rapid growth, in late 2013, Metabiota received its first infusion of capital from leading angel and venture technology investors, to grow its core business and enhance responsive global health products and services.  Building on a strong foundation of scientific services for international disease and pathogen detection, analysis, and prevention, Metabiota is uniquely positioned to create fundamental benefits by providing transformative solutions for global health and risk management. We do important world changing work, and we are ready for exceptionally thoughtful, serious and rapid growth.

Who You Are:  You are a self-motivated, enthusiastic extremely intelligent problem solver, who enjoys tackling difficult, real-world epidemiological problems, using sound judgment.  You have strong quantitative skills, are adept at developing and fitting statistical models, and can develop dynamic disease transmission models. You are a great writer and have a strong publication record.  You work great as part of a team, but are also able to work independently.  You pay great attention to detail.  You are a patient teacher, and enjoy working with others to increase their capacity to conduct molecular and serological diagnostic testing. You have a good understanding of database design and maintenance, and can write code. You have excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.  You enjoy travel and have international experience.

Responsibilities:  Provide ongoing epidemiological advice to field staff in Africa and Asia in study design, data collection, data management, data analysis and interpretation; Conduct data analysis, interpretation and produce high quality scientific manuscripts; Participate in scientific and public speaking, public relations work and fundraising activities as required;  Travel to consult with field staff in Africa and Asia, participate in field activities, participate in logistic and/or scientific meetings; Provide epidemiological support to the information management team developing data management tools; Assist in ongoing evaluation of field surveillance data from field teams to ensure data quality standards are met; Assist in periodic reporting to project funders; Maintain open-line communication, facilitating meetings and other forms of interactive engagement for productive discussion with program personnel, program stakeholders, etc.; Participate in proposal development and other fundraising activities; Other duties as assigned to support regional requirements and Scopes of Work.

Experience required:  2+ years previous post-doctoral experience in the field of disease ecology / epidemiology.  Significant experience conducting independent, applied scientific research on infectious diseases in wildlife and human populations.  A demonstrated understanding of the principles of biostatistics, epidemiology, and/or mathematical modeling/population simulation; very strong quantitative skills. Experience using statistical software such as R; ability to write code in a language such as Java (preferred). A significant or promising publication track record. Experience working internationally on emerging disease issues (preferred)

Education: PhD in biology, ecology, epidemiology, or related life-science (required); French language proficiency a plus

Apply at: 5/26/15

Wildlife Rehabilitation

WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN - Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) is a seeking a full-time or part-time staff veterinarian to perform exams, prescribe medications, evaluate and treat wounds, take and analyze blood & fecal samples, administer fluids, sedate animals for surgery, perform surgeries when needed, take x-rays and ultrasounds, and provide “intensive care” for very young animals abandoned by their parents.  In BRWC’s new facility, this is a great opportunity for a talented wildlife veterinarian to help build a world-class program.

Organizational Description

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit close to Winchester, Virginia that assists native wildlife of the northern Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge, and Piedmont regions through a wildlife hotline, the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and sick native wild animals, and education of the public about preserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.

The region served by the BRWC includes some of the most rapidly developing areas in the nation. This has caused the disturbance of vast amounts of wildlife habitat, and increased the numbers of incidents of "human-wildlife conflict". As a result, more and more members of the community are becoming concerned about preserving native wildlife. This has created a great need and interest in the services and environmental education programs offered by the BRWC.

The BRWC has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2004. The number of calls for help on the BRWC wildlife hotline has increased from one or two a day to more than 6,000 a year. The number of rescued injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals has increased from 370 in 2005 to 1,880 in 2014.  In addition in 2014, the BRWC staff gave environmental education programs to more than 5,000 children and adults.  Calls to assist wildlife, and requests for the BRWC education programs and internship positions have exceeded our current facility's capacity. Because of this growth the BRWC is expanding from its current 800 sq. ft. cottage and constructing an 8,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building, which it will occupy in the spring of 2016.

Job Description

BRWC is seeking a wildlife veterinarian to provide leadership in veterinary services, wildlife education and research activities as listed below.

Veterinary Services

  • Works collaboratively with the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Manager on animal care, treatments and procedures
  • Performs examinations, procedures, and treatment plans for incoming patients
  • Develops BRWC medical treatment policies and administers medical treatments according to those policies
  • Performs avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal surgery
  • Oversees the continued care of patients and maintains and updates patient records
  • Ensures that protocols to minimize risk of injury and contraction of zoonotic diseases are adhered to
  • Manages the veterinary facilities and services
  • Oversee the veterinary budget.
  • Manages future veterinary interns and volunteer programs.
  • Maintains relationships with veterinary professional organizations and provide leadership within the wildlife medicine profession.

Wildlife Education:

  • Works collaboratively with the Education Manager to present education programs and seminars on wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary care of wildlife, and laws & regulations related to wildlife.
  • Monitors the health and well-being of resident animals.
  • Offers wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary advice in response to queries over the phone and through email, wildlife rehabilitator blogs, the BRWC Facebook page and on the VA Rehabber Facebook page. 

Research (Optional):

  • Collects data from rescued animals.
  • Plans and directs research studies.
  • Writes papers and gives presentations on findings.

Job Requirements

The BRWC Wildlife Veterinarian(s) will

  • Be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or be able to obtain that license
  • Hold DEA license.
  • Permitted as a Class III Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wildlife rehabilitator, or have the equivalent training in order to obtain a VA DGIF Class III permit.
  • Have 3 years or more of experience working in wildlife medicine
  • Possess good surgical skills and be experience with avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal surgical and medical procedures.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain the Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccination series and have a protective antibody titer, as well as be current on tetanus vaccine.
  • Familiarity with lab work (CBC/Chem, fecals, cytology…), physical exams, stabilizing animals through emergency and critical care.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with co-workers, volunteers, extern, interns and the general public.
  • Must be able to provide a friendly, tolerant environment for staff, volunteers, interns and externs.
  • Eagerness to teach veterinary students under a future internship programs that may be developed
  • Physical demands: must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds. Work is done which may require lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities.
  • Must be able to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations.
  • Must be able to work quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Must be able to respond to after hour emergencies or on unscheduled day
  • Must possess good verbal and written English communication skills.

Compensation is based on experience and is competitive with other nonprofit wildlife centers.  Fringe benefits offered includes paid holidays, three weeks of vacation and health insurance.  

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and salary requirements to David Bancroft, BRWC Executive Director at:  Review of credentials will begin immediately, and will continue on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is hired, or until October 15, 2015, whichever comes first. (8/19/15 posted)

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Education Center and Rescue – Veterinarian

Location: Wiley Texas
Experience requirement: 2--3 years  post-graduate work with exotic animal species

Salary range is $50,000 - 65,000 per year

Full Time Position with an Immediate Start Date

RESEARCH VETERINARIAN SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for veterinary research and some hands-on care of the animals at In-Sync, and could potentially lead to additional animal care management duties.

• Veterinary degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary college
• A current license to perform veterinary medicine in the state of Texas or the ability to obtain a license within one year if hired
• Two years of veterinary experience post-graduation with exotic animals
• Able to use tranquilizing equipment and appropriate drugs   

• Three years of experience directly in exotic animal care
• Interest in research and publishing
• 45 minutes or less response time
• Both indoor and outdoor, including during inclement weather
• Travel across state and country for animal rescues
• Occasional long hours and/or stressful environment
• Flexible work hours- occasionally requiring work on weekends, holidays, and/or evenings

• Initiate research projects and participate with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
• Provide appropriate veterinary care for all species of animals housed at In Sync Exotics as needed.
• Perform post mortem examinations as needed.
• Keep detailed records of procedures and all other aspects of animal health.
• Ensure all required licenses are maintained, including DEA.
• Maintain appropriate drug logs.
• Order all necessary drugs and equipment for animal health.
• Maintain all on-site hospital equipment in an appropriate working manner.
• Ensure that all activities are done according to federal, state and local laws.

• Will be available for emergency situations.  If the lead veterinarian will not be available, the research veterinarian is responsible for making arrangements to ensure appropriate coverage for animal health.
• Will remain up to date on the current medical practices of exotic animals.
• Ensure all required permits and paper work are complete for animal acquisition. 
• In Sync is in the process of building a new veterinary clinic.  The veterinarian will work closely with the President and lead veterinarian to achieve a functional veterinary hospital.

 How to Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, including salary requirements, and 2 reference contacts to Website: (3/15)

Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

 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.


  • 1st session (January - June):

Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2015

  • 2nd  session, if necessary (July - December):

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2016

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

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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