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Employment Opportunities
State and Federal Employers

Wildlife Veterinarian  - Utah Department of Natural Resources

Closing Date/Time: Tue. 07/15/14 11:59 PM Mountain Time 
Salary: $23.48 - $28.71 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time 
Location: Salt Lake County, Utah 
Recruiter Name: Gaye Betts   Telephone Number: 801-538-7202 

Job Description: Coordinate the statewide wildlife disease surveillance and management program including preparation of disease management plans, grants, and agreements.  Tasked with duties related to surveillance and response to mortality and morbidity events in wildlife, including post mortem examinations, sample collection and testing determination.  Provide training on these procedures to employees.  Evaluate all data and prepare reports of the findings and may present information at public meetings including RAC's, Wildlife Board, and public working groups.  Perform veterinary duties to include relocation or research in compliance with state code.  Provide medical interpretations, assist with examination of tissues and communicate those findings to the supervisor and other department employees.  Oversee the chemical medications and drugs used by the agency to treat and immobilize wildlife.  Coordinate with other state and federal agencies to ensure that requirements for national disease surveillance programs are complied with.  Represent  The DWR on multi-state, inter-agency, and disease management related working groups and associations. 
This position is eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay.
For more information and to apply go to: and select Wildlife as your category.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Disease Branch Chief Position

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is recruiting for a Branch Chief position to lead the Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Diseases Branch.  The NWHC is a federal research center with the mission to safeguard wildlife and ecosystem health through dynamic partnerships and exceptional science.  This mission is achieved by providing technical assistance to identify, control, and prevent wildlife losses from diseases as well as conduct research to understand the impact of diseases on wildlife populations, and devise methods to more effectively manage these disease threats.  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.

Examples of the work conducted by Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Diseases Branch include:

1.  Design and implement field or outbreak investigations and disease surveillance programs to understand mechanisms and epidemiology of prioritized wildlife diseases and development and evaluation of management recommendations and disease control measures.

2.  Design and implement studies to understand mechanisms and epidemiology of prioritized wildlife diseases to understand the significance of wildlife mortality events and development of management recommendations to provide epidemiological support for Tribal, state and federal wildlife management agencies.

3.  Provide online wildlife disease reporting systems and other tools and mechanisms to facilitate the reporting and dissemination of wildlife health and mortality data.

4.  Preparedness and response to disease emergencies involving wildlife.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified individual to lead a team of creative, innovative technicians, support staff, and scientists to advance the epidemiologic and scientific work of the Branch as it contributes to the NWHC mission.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

1) planning and coordinating epidemiological and scientific research projects of considerable depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting epidemiological data with novel and obscure problems; 3) developing new or significantly modified techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a specialist on epidemiological issues.

To apply for the position please visit the appropriate link below.  Please note this position is advertised in both the Wildlife Biology and VMO job series:

Biologist (DEU) ATL-2014-0423 USAJOBS Link:

Biologist (MP) ATL-2014-0424 USAJOBS Link:

VMO (DEU) ALT-2014-0425 USAJOBS Link:

VMO (MP) ATL-2014-0426 USAJOBS Link:
For further information please visit the links above or contact: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, Tel: (608) 270 2401; Fax: (608) 270 2415; Email:

Non-Government Organizations

Associate Veterinarian – San Diego Zoo Global  

"Put Your Passion For Wildlife To Work"

San Diego Zoo Global is seeking applications for the position of Associate Veterinarian. The person selected for this position will work in the Veterinary Services Department primarily at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Duties will include clinical veterinary care focusing on routine clinical procedures, medical case management, critical care case management, preventative medicine procedures, veterinary support for field projects conducted by San Diego Zoo Global, clinical investigation and publication, and mentoring of veterinary students and zoological medicine residents in the joint residency program with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, The San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and Sea World of San Diego. Required qualifications include: 1) a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited institution or ECFVG certification, 2) completion of a three year training program in zoo and wildlife medicine or equivalent experience, 3) licensed in the State of California or become licensed within one year from beginning of employment, and 4) USDA category II Accreditation or to become USDA Category II accredited within one year of employment.

The candidate must be available to work a flexible schedule, Monday-Sunday, including after-hours coverage. Clinical experience with a broad range of captive wildlife species in a large zoological collection is highly desirable. Certification or eligibility for certification in the American College of Zoological Medicine is highly desirable.
All newly hired animal care staff and educators with responsibility for regularly caring for collection animals are REQUIRED to complete and pass (4) on-line prerequisite classes  prior to reporting to their department.   Human Resources will schedule this training as part of the on-boarding program.  For current employees transferring into an animal care department, these classes MUST be completed and passed prior to the transfer.
Pre-requisite courses include:
Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security

  • Working Safely With Dangerous Animals
  • Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)
  • The Fundamentals of Animal Learning 

 **Passing grade for classes is 90%
One essential function for this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report for you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving report from you. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative. (Post)


For consideration, you must apply on-line at

(Exempt #271006) .  Salary commensurate with experience.
Deadline to apply:  Thursday, June 5, 2014
Applications must be submitted on-line no later than 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time.

**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**


Captive Wildlife Veterinarian

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

salary range  - based on experience
location – telecommuting position
application procedures - Please apply online:

VOLUNTEER VETERINARIAN -Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Cambodia

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) was established in 2003 by Münster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP). It is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia, located on 25 ha of land in the Phnom Kulen National Park, ca. 40 km north of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. The goals of the ACCB are the rehabilitation of confiscated, mainly globally threatened wildlife and the conservation breeding of selected species, in combination with environmental education and capacity building for conservation and an expanding in-situ conservation and research programme.

For additional information regarding the project please familiarize yourself further at our websites:,

The ACCB is currently looking for a Volunteer Veterinary. This is a challenging but rewarding position for a highly dedicated and motivated individual with a keen interest in making a contribution to conservation. As the current animal stock does not require a full-time veterinarian, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to do relevant research work on site. In addition, he/she will have to be prepared to support a variety of other activities at ACCB as required, e.g. general animal husbandry, education, maintenance, administration, and fund raising. The veterinarian reports to the Project Manager and works as part of the animal keeping team.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend to animal stock at ACCB in all veterinary regards, e.g. initial health check and monitoring of new arrivals during quarantine, routine checks and health screening.
  • Advise on and refine existing general protocols from a specialist veterinary perspective, e.g. regarding initial examination, quarantine, and husbandry in general and specific for certain species, and refine the maintenance of a long-term veterinary database.
  • Training of ACCB staff in standard veterinary procedures, e.g. first aid and intensive care, identification and treatment of parasites, post mortem examination, chemical immobilisation.
  • Advise on and assist with improvements of animal facilities, e.g. repairs, furnishing of enclosures, and environmental enrichment.
  • Maintenance of surgery room, drug stocks and veterinary equipment.
  • Assist with the daily operation of ACCB with regards to animal stock and carry out all aspects of animal husbandry and rehabilitation as part of the animal keeping team.
  • Seek funds for and carry out veterinary research as opportunities arise.
  • Other tasks as required, e.g. public education, administration and fund raising. Specific projects at ACCB as well as in the field may also be undertaken depending on opportunities available.


  • Good command of English (spoken and written).
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with a sometimes heavy workload (while at other times there may be no vet work at all) and to multi-task in a demanding environment.
  • Good practical skills and common sense.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Physically fit and able to work in a hot and humid climate.
  • Ability to live under simple conditions in a poor and rural area in a different culture.

Conditions / remuneration:

  • Free shared accommodation at ACCB and a small stipend to cover living expenses
  • On-site transport and internet access available.
  • Preference will be given to candidates indicating that they are prepared to stay for longer periods.

Starting date: as soon as possible. Please apply via email including covering letter, CV and the contact details of two referees to:

Dr. Martina Raffel, Allwetterzoo Münster, Sentruper Straße 315, D-48161 Münster, Germany. Email:

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Clinic Director Position - City Wildlife, Inc.

City Wildlife, Inc. (, located in Washington DC, is a 5 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife in our nation’s capital through rehabilitation services, advocacy and education. With more than 7,600 acres of parkland, Washington is one of the ‘greenest’ cities in the United States and home to hundreds of wildlife species but historically has not had any wildlife rehabilitation services available for sick, injured or abandoned wild animals within its borders. City Wildlife was founded to change that situation and with the completion of its 3,000 sq foot indoor rehabilitation center, will soon provide the first critical care program ever for the many animals needing those services every year.

The Board of Directors of City Wildlife is seeking a skilled and motivated full time Clinic Director to launch its critical care pilot program for 6 months beginning June 1 (or as soon as a candidate is hired). The Board of Directors is actively working toward creating a long-term position.

The Clinic Director will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for all wildlife care at the center (an estimated 750 animals between June and December). His/her primary responsibilities will include:

• providing the highest standards of animal care and adhering to the best practices in the
profession, from intake to release
• establishing care protocols, with assistance from City Wildlife’s consulting wildlife
veterinarian, to ensure appropriate, consistent and humane animal rehabilitation
• training and effectively managing volunteers; and communicating with the public
• equipping the clinic, ordering supplies, and maintaining inventory
• implementing policies for the health and safety of staff, interns, and volunteers
• maintaining accurate records and preparing data reports for local and federal agencies
• providing education to volunteers and residents about living humanely with DC’s wildlife

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

Animals to be cared for will include all species of birds; small mammals (such as squirrels, chipmunks, opossums and groundhogs); reptiles; and amphibians. Deer and rabies vector species (raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks and coyotes) will not be part of the pilot program.

An ideal candidate for the Clinic Director position will have:
• A wildlife rehabilitation license in any state; a veterinary license with a wildlife specialty;
or vet tech certification.
• A minimum of 5 years experience working full-time at a wildlife rehabilitation center, or
equivalent clinical experience with wildlife.
• Excellent animal handling skills and knowledge of all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation,
including assessment, hydration, wound management, fracture stabilization, medications,
parasite testing and treatment, feeding, housing, hygiene, release, and euthanasia.
• Good judgment in determining when a veterinarian is required.
• Strong organizational skills and background in clinical record keeping and data analysis.
• Demonstrated leadership and team building skills gained in high pressure environments.
• Excellent communication skills including fluency in the English language.
• Good health, stamina, and the ability to lift 40 lbs.

Hours, Benefits, and Compensation:
Full time, up to 6 months from the date of hire, with the possibility of continued employment Up to $800/month total reimbursement for medical insurance. Sick days and holidays. Vacation time will accrue and be granted at the end of the 6 month pilot program.

Salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, prorated over the term of employment.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by e-mail (preferred) to: Anne Lewis, President, City Wildlife, Inc. at or by mail to: City Wildlife, Inc., PO Box 40456 Washington, DC 20016-0456

Senior Veterinarian, Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary, Thailand

Volunteer position with some expenses provided

Have you ever dreamt of going off the beaten track? Using your skills to really make long lasting change in the community? An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Vet (experienced) to volunteer their skills in a remote community in Thailand.

Sangkhlaburi lies within the Kanchanburi province, approximately eight hours from Bangkok. Situated on the Myanmar border this picturesque town is surrounded by stunning mountains, national parks, waterfalls and rivers. With a Thai, Burmese, Karen, Mon and Laos population the rich cultural diversity is what makes this town unique. Established in 2006, Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary is a small sanctuary in Sangkhlaburi. The sanctuary is currently home to 30 resident dogs, The nearest veterinary clinic is located over three hours away, so the local animals rely on the sanctuary to assist them in times of need.  We see all manner of ailments – from regular fleas & ticks, to scabies, distemper, parvo, and human inflicted injuries.

We also run regular sterilisation and vaccination projects to humanely manage the stray animal population, and improve the health and wellbeing of animals and humans in the area. An experienced vet, you will work with a small passionate team of volunteers (including a Sanctuary Manager) to improve the health and wellbeing of all animals in Sangkhlaburi. You’ll be flexible and adaptable, with sound analytical skills to tackle the challenges that the role presents. Your sense of humour will also assist with this!

In return, this opportunity will offer you hands-on experience in a challenging yet extremely rewarding role, particularly the constant learning and seeing the direct impact that your work has in the lives of animals and humans in the community. It will also offer you the opportunity to put your skills to the test – with limited diagnostics and basic equipment, plus exposure to unique injuries, illnesses and diseases and treatments that you won’t find in developed countries. For further information on this exciting opportunity including a copy of the position description, please email us at

For further information on the sanctuary, please visit our website

To apply, please forward a covering letter and CV (including details of two referees) to
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

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

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

Wildlife Health Governance in Sri Lanka and Canada

An exciting opportunity is available for a PhD. student in the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab of Dr. Ryan Brook at the University of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, the Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Centre, and the Centre for Coastal Health. Our research group has initiated a large study of the biophysical and social aspects of wildlife disease at the interface of livestock and human health. This Ph.D. project will be focused on investigating governance models for cross-sectoral programs in wildlife health in Sri Lanka. There has been very little research on good governance for cross-sectoral knowledge mobilization in the wildlife health and veterinary sectors. In Sri Lanka, animal health policies and practices have largely relied on traditional agriculture development models with centralized extension and management. Legislative responsibility for wildlife health issues is divided among ministries and there are consequent large gaps in ecosystem and human health management capacity. This project is organized around two tasks; (i) to develop an evaluative framework for effective governance for a “bridging organization” at the interface of wildlife and human health and (ii) application of the derived framework to Sri Lanka to support evidence-based development of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Centre

The philosophy of our research group is to train students in research design by giving each student considerable latitude to develop some aspects of their project in ways that best fit their skills and career aspirations. In addition to an education with a focus on strong science and critical thinking, students will gain valuable practical experience in the field in Sri Lanka. The student will also be trained in communication and knowledge translation and will contribute to stakeholder consultation and sharing project objectives and outcomes.

Applicants with relevant experience and strong communication capacity will be given preference. The successful applicant will ideally begin on or before September 2014. During the first year, the student will be expected to seek scholarships, complete coursework, and develop and defend a research proposal. Stipend is $18,000/year (plus tuition release) and this can be supplemented with additional scholarships and awards. Applicants must have a Masters degree in a related field (e.g. sociology, geography, environmental studies, or environmental science) and must meet the admission requirements for the University of Saskatchewan.

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, CV, and indication of academic performance (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage) to Dr. Ryan Brook ( Application review will begin June 18, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

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

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

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

Interested students are welcomed to schedule a visit or phone call with the Program Director, please email:

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 2014 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

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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