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Employment Opportunities
State and Federal Employers

USGS National Wildlife Health Center Deputy Center Director Position

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center is recruiting for a Deputy Center Director.   The Deputy assists the Center Director in overall leadership and management of the science programs and support services at the Center.   The Deputy has direct oversight of the Center’s facilities, animal services and biosafety functions.  We are seeking candidates with experience in management of BSL-3 and ABSL3-enhanced biocontainment laboratories, animal care and use programs, and biosafety.   To apply please go to the following links:

All US Citizens:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392460200
Federal Employees:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392464500

The National Wildlife Health Center’s mission is to safeguard wildlife and ecosystem health through dynamic partnerships and exceptional science.   The main campus of the NWHC is located in Madison, Wisconsin with biological safety level 3 (BSL-3) diagnostic and research facilities purposefully designed to work with wildlife species. The NWHC provides research and technical assistance on wildlife health issues to federal, state, Tribal and other agencies as well as internationally as an OIE Collaborating Centre. In addition, since 1992, NWHC has maintained a field station in Hawaii (Honolulu Field Station) that focuses on terrestrial and marine natural resources throughout the Pacific region.

Marine Mammals Management Program Wildlife Biologist

The Marine Mammals Management Program is advertising multiple GS-486-11/12 Wildlife Biologist positions in Anchorage, Alaska. The office is responsible for onservation and management of polar bears, Pacific walrus, and northern sea otters under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended; including co-management activities with Alaska Native organizations. Multiple positions may be filled focusing on one or all three marine mammal species. Incumbent(s) will help develop and implement conservation and recovery goals and strategies; engage in regulatory review and rulemaking; participate in harvest assessment, monitoring, and management; and assess species/stock status and trends. Come join an exciting program focused on conserving three iconic marine mammal species!

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with a population of 300,000, yet it is only 20 minutes from wilderness. The city hosts 162 parks with over 400 km of local trails, including 100 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, many of which are lit. Recreational opportunities abound year round, including downhill and cross-country skiing, ice hockey, fishing, golf, swimming, hiking, biking, and camping. The George Sullivan Sports Arena, Alaska Performing Arts Center, and Egan Convention Center boast cultural and entertainment events throughout the year from professional hockey to Broadway shows. World class outdoor recreation opportunities are just a short drive away, including the Alyeska ski
resort, Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest. Alaska boasts 16 National Wildlife Refuges totaling 77 million acres, as well as magnificent National Parks and the nation’s two largest National Forests.

Please distribute this announcement to all who may be interested. The application period is open until November 12, 2014, and the position is open to all federal employees and all U.S. citizens on separate job announcements.

Federal government employees may apply Merit Promotion: R7-15-1231621-ES

All US Citizens may apply: R7-15-1231620-ES

Please go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov and search by job series (401) grade (13) location (Anchorage, Alaska). For more information on the duties of this position contact Deb Pierce Williams at (907)
786-3349.

Additional information on living in Anchorage, Alaska can be found at:
http://commerce.alaska.gov/cra/DCRAExternal/community/Details/2d5ef9f0-9855-4b68-
9350-bc9d20e81807

and
http://www.city-data.com/city/Anchorage-Alaska.html (10/27)

Non-Government Organizations

SUMMER WILDLIFE Teaching – Belize, Central America

The Institute of Sustainable International Studies is seeking a wildlife veterinarian to co-teach a field course on Wildlife health, conservation and biology in Belize in the summer (June and/or July) 2015.  Dr. Omar Figueroa, a wildlife biologist, will be the other co-faculty.  His areas of expertise are jaguars and jabiru storks.  The course is given at the Belize Zoo as well as other field sites in Belize.

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

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

Application deadline:  March 1, 2015

Apply with CV and letter of introduction to:
Dr. Nancy Adamson, Executive Director
The Institute for Sustainable International Studies
nadamson@isisbelize.com
www.isisbelize.com

Associate or Full Professor of Conservation Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in St. Kitts

RUSVM offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. An integrated curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries. Four research centers advance productivity and standing of research and research training, and include One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Integrative Mammalian Research, Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health, and Research and Innovation in Veterinary and Medical Education. We are expanding and prioritizing the recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

The successful candidate will join a team focused on the delivery of graduate and postgraduate education in the area of conservation medicine and ecosystem health. A significant role will be the development and delivery of on-line programs in the area of conservation medicine and ecosystem, supported by experts in necessary education technologies. S/he will work closely with the Head of Department, Biomedical Sciences, the Director of the Centre for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health, and the Director of Postgraduate Studies and will be responsible for participation in a research program, resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals, external support, and for mentoring students in Masters and PhD programs.

We prioritize recruitment of talented researchers, faculty and staff who are passionate about veterinary education, and wish to help us deliver our vision of practice-ready graduates and seek interested candidates with a DVM degree or comparable degree and additional specialist training and a PhD with a track record of publishing in quality journals, as well as a demonstrated potential to develop a collaborative or independent research program. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Kathleen (Kathy) Payne
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Office: 630.645.2022
Mobile: 949.697.1394
email: kpayne@devrygroup.com
Skype by appointment: kpayne1009 (10/20)

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care - Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center

GRACE, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks a highly motivated and team oriented individual to act as the on-site manager for animal programs at its facility in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. GRACE is the only place in the world that provides sanctuary for orphaned Grauer’s gorillas with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating and reintroducing them back into the wild. Fourteen gorillas live at GRACE in a single social group; several monkeys are also in residence. GRACE is located in a very remote, mountainous region near the Tayna Nature Reserve; expatriates are uncommon in the area.

Position Description: The Manager of Animal & Veterinary Care will be responsible for supervising the implementation of standard operating procedures for all animal care at GRACE in coordination with the GRACE Veterinary and Animal Care & Welfare Advisory Groups and GRACE Directors. The Manager’s duties will include working with a team of Congolese on a daily basis to care for resident animals and monitor and document animal health. The Manager will be responsible for carrying out monthly parasite screenings and any needed medical interventions. He/she will also organize annual health exams in coordination with veterinary advisors. For this position, we are looking for someone who is a team player with demonstrated skills and experience--preferably in a field setting--with procedures including parasitology screenings, darting and anesthesia recovery, necropsies, emergency medicine, and processing and interpreting blood work. The Manager will work closely with and train Congolese staff, so teaching experience is highly desirable. The Manager may also have some administrative duties, and there may be opportunities to work with the local community on veterinary outreach projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:
• A degree in veterinary science (veterinarian or veterinary technician) with excellent clinical skills and experience managing captive animal care and welfare
• 5 or more years experience working with primates, preferably gorillas in a zoo or sanctuary setting
• Fluency in or advanced knowledge of French and/or Kiswahili; fluency in English
• Proven ability to live in remote locations with very basic living conditions
• Proven communication and leadership skills
• Enthusiasm for teaching and working with others, particularly with people from different cultures

Salary/funding: Salary commensurate with experience; support will also include all travel and living expenses

Term of Appointment: The position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal based on performance evaluation

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Comments: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references by email to info@gracegorillas.org. Please write “Animal & Vet Manager Application” in the subject line. The position is ready to be filled as soon as possible, but start date is negotiable.

Contact Information:
Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg
GRACE Executive Director
P.O. Box 334
Cumberland Center, ME 04021
USA

Website:
http://gracegorillas.org/
Email Address:
info@gracegorillas.org

 Staff Veterinarian - California Wildlife Center

 

The California Wildlife Center (CWC) is seeking a seasonal part-time Staff Wildlife Veterinarian, March through November, 2014 with the possibility of the position becoming permanent.  For more information on CWC, please visit our website at http://www.cawildlife.org.  Job description and requirements are detailed below.
 
Pay rate: $30/hr

Organization Description:
California Wildlife Center (CWC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit wildlife care organization dedicated to providing emergency rescue, rehabilitative care and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife in Los Angeles County. Located in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, CWC operates in collaboration with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. CWC cares for all species of native California wildlife.

Job Description:
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Director of Animal Care/Head Veterinarian with animal care, treatments and procedures
  • Performs examinations, procedures, and treatment plans for incoming patients
  • Administers medical treatments according to CWC policies
  • Performs surgical procedures according to CWC guidelines
  • Oversees the continued care of patients and maintains and updates patient records
  • Supports the animal care/marine mammal staff in their duties as needed
  • Supervises and trains staff, volunteers, externs and interns; delegates and ensures satisfactory completion of tasks
  • Ensures that protocols to minimize risk of injury and contraction of zoonotic diseases are adhered to
  • Assists in the maintenance of animal enclosures, in the developing species protocols and rehabilitation research as needed

Controls over Work:
The Staff Veterinarian works under the direction of our Head Veterinarian/Director of Animal Care often without supervision although support is always available. Initial probation period of 1 month. During this month, extensive training will be provided. A written performance evaluation to be given after the month of work. Ongoing discussions and mentoring in wildlife medicine/surgery and rehabilitative care will be provided throughout

Requirements:

  • Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of California
  • DEA license
  • Possess good surgical skills
  • Must have or be willing to obtain the Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis vaccination series and have a protective antibody titer
  • 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 our externship and preceptorship programs
  • Physical demands: must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds. Work is done which may require hiking, climbing, lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities.
  • Familiarity with lab work (CBC/Chem, fecals, cytology…), physical exams, stabilizing animals through emergency and critical care.
  • 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 on scheduled days
  • Must possess good verbal and written English communication skills.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • 1 year or more of experience working in wildlife medicine
  • Experience with avian/small mammal/exotics surgical and medical procedures. 
  • USDA license level II
  • Experience with chemical immobilization equipment

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume and list of references to humanresources@cawildlife.org. NO PHONE CALLS, please. (1/30/15)

 

Veterinarian, Cape Wildlife Center

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Veterinarian for its Cape Wildlife Center. The main responsibility of this position is to be responsible for veterinary care of wildlife patients admitted to the Cape Wildlife Center, for maintaining complete and accurate records of the animals, for teaching student externs, seasonal staff and volunteers regarding veterinary wildlife care, husbandry and other wildlife related issues.  Other duties include, but are not limited to: oversee the veterinary aspects of the center; perform physical examinations on admitted patients and ongoing cases; ensure that treatment plans are communicated to the staff; make and ensure the performance of euthanasia decisions; directly supervise student externs seasonal staff and  volunteers; assess risks and develop procedures to minimize risks and liabilities; monitor work and performance quantity and quality of student externs and seasonal staff; assist in preparing animals for release; follow appropriate and accepted veterinary and rehabilitation guidelines regarding assessment and disposition of wildlife presented to the center. Must be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or have a Veterinary Medical Doctorate. A current Massachusetts state veterinary license and a current Massachusetts rehabilitator’s license required. Experience with avian medicine and surgery, and wildlife rehabilitation is essential.  Ability to work overtime in an emergency is also necessary. Must have and maintain up-to-date rabies prophylaxis and titer. Other important skills include: experience supervising others; experience with/knowledge of the wildlife of southern New England, and experience with wildlife and/or exotic pet medicine and surgery.

 Please submit a cover letter and resume by using this form or fax to 301-548-7701.  This position is located in Barnstable, Ma. (10/27)

Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

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 24, 2014. Selected candidates will be required to travel to Tufts for interviews in November and December, with final selection made before January 9, 2015.  The first internship will run from June 15, 2015 until June 30, 2016. The second internship will run from July 13, 2015 until July 31, 2016.

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

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

 

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

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

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

TO APPLY:

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

Office Manager
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Post Office Box 1557
Waynesboro, VA 22980                                                                                                                      humanresources@wildlifecenter.org

Houston Zoo Internship

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

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

 General Job Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residency in Wildlife Health and Zoo Medicine - University of Montreal

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

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

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

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a one year unpaid internship. Established in 1974, The Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. In addition to treating more than 700 birds a year, we provide training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, reach more than 250,000 people each year through public education programs and events, and identify emerging issues related to raptor health and populations. Interns manage cases under the supervision of faculty and assist with all aspects of clinical medicine and surgery of raptors, including captive management, capture and restraint, anesthesia, diagnostics, necropsy, record-keeping, and research projects. Interns assist in teaching and supervising veterinary students. In addition, interns are assigned evening and weekend duty on a rotating basis and are expected to participate in sponsored events.

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

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

The Humane Society of the United States
Cape Wildlife Center

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

Contact:dmillman@humanesociety.org

Professional Training Programs at the Cape Wildlife Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

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

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

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

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

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internship

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

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

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

Length: One year, beginning immediately.

Extern for Vet students and/or Natural Sciences students

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

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

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

Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities

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

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

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

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

 The Animal TB Group is under the leadership of the NRF South African Research Chair in Animal Tuberculosis, which is part of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research/MRC Centre for TB Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Tygerberg (http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/Molecular_Biology_Human_Genetics/animaltb/Pages/default.aspx).  

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

 If interested, please contact:

Prof. Michele Miller – email:  michelemiller128@gmail.com

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

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

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

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

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

If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (pieter.johnson@colorado.edu):

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

For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab
webpage http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter/index.htm. For more general
information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the
departmental website http://ebio.colorado.edu/. (10/27)

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

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

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

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

Further information on the Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) can be accessed at:
http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MVSConservationMedicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courses

Eko Tracks – Veterinary Student Opportunity in Africa

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

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

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

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

Student Externship Opportunities

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

Envirovet

International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Wildlifevets.com

UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife Externship

The UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife joint externship in wildlife health is currently accepting applications from third year veterinary students interested in externships in 2015-2016. The deadline is September 1st. More information can be found at http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/training/senior_externship.cfm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Medicine Externship -  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center

Program:  Wildlife Medicine Externship
Company Name:         California Wildlife Center
Department:               CWC Hospital
Mailing Address:        P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, CA  90265
URL:                           http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duane Tom, DVM
Director of Animal Care
California Wildlife Center
P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, CA  90265
Email: duane@californiawildlifecenter.org

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

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

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

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

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

Contact: Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services
Phone: 608/356-9462
Email: hartup@savingcranes.org

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

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

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

Duration:  2-4 weeks from May-September

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

Application Deadline: Fall of previous year

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations

Contact:  Flo Tseng, DVM,  Director, Phone:  508-839-7918,  flo.tseng@tufts.edu, FAX:    508-839-7930

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

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

Related Job, Training, and Education Links

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

AVMA

 

 

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