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Clinical Specialist – Avian Medicine - The University of Sydney, Australia

Faculty of Veterinary Science
Camden Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital
Reference No. 1382/0615

Opportunity to lead a growing University veterinary service based in Camden NSW treating our unique range of avian and exotic pets

  • Utilise your expert Avian specialist skills to deliver world class treatment, teaching and research with our team of  outstanding vets, residents and nursing staff
  • Full-time fixed term for 2 years (1 year renewal possible) - remuneration package: $142K-$149K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in veterinary and associated disciplines. The Teaching hospitals provide the clinical learning experience for undergraduate students and staff engaged in professional training programs. The hospitals are commercial centres and provide a range of veterinary services to the public.

We are seeking a Clinical Specialist in Avian Medicine to provide effective leadership and high quality specialist medical clinical services and clinical instruction within the Hospital. In addition to clinical services and instruction, you will act as the designated head of the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital (AREPH), managing a Clinical Masters Student and the support staff within the service.

You will report to the Veterinary Director for clinical standards and biosecurity issues covered under the Veterinary Practice Act NSW, and to the Business Manager for the University teaching hospital’s  business and performance matters. Support will be provided by the Hospital Manager Camden for operational issues including HR, rostering and administration.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate:

  • undergraduate veterinary degree registrable in NSW
  • postgraduate training in Avian medicine and possession of Fellowship of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists OR Diploma of ACVIM or ECVIM, enabling registration as a specialist in NSW
  • demonstrated ability to manage and grow an exotic pet practice
  • significant experience working in a busy exotic/avian specialist practice with proven ability to manage a high caseload, demonstrating excellent clinical skills
  • demonstrated understanding of management principles in veterinary practice environment and demonstrated financial acumen and ability to achieve operational objectives
  • experience in provision of clinical instruction and research studies to postgraduate and undergraduate students
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team whilst providing leadership in clinical areas
  • experience in managing, mentoring and supervising staff
  • experience in clinical research (desirable).

The AREPH is a purpose designed facility for exotic pets and wildlife treatment supported by advanced radiology and pathology services on site. This has led to the development of leading Avian and Wildlife research in conjunction with Associate Professor David Phalen making it one of the leading Centres for Exotic and Avian Care across the University sector in Australia.

 All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 5pm 13 August 2015

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.. 7/23/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 Veterinary Pathologist - Taronga Zoo

 Full time – Ongoing position
 Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employees Award - Clerk Grade 8/9 ($92,120- $100,635 base salary)
 Located at Taronga Zoo, Mosman, Sydney

Are you passionate about wildlife and keen to apply your skills in an innovative and ever changing environment? Taronga are looking for an experienced and motivated Veterinary Pathologist who is interested in joining a dynamic, multi disciplinary veterinary team in a leading organisation in conservation and animal management.

About the role....
Taronga is committed to conservation - creating a direct and positive connection between wildlife and people. This role is integral to our continued ability to provide the highest standards of animal care. You will be a member of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary veterinary team, working in a well-equipped and modern veterinary hospital and quarantine facility which is also home to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health. The veterinary team’s responsibilities include the maintenance of the health and welfare of Taronga Zoo’s animal collection, treatment of wildlife brought into the zoo’s wildlife clinic and consultancies to other institutions and agencies. The veterinarians also participate in under- and post graduate veterinary and zoological education and training. You will provide a diagnostic pathology service for Taronga Zoo, a histopathology service for Taronga Western Plains Zoo and participate in the activities of the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health.

About you....
You will have:
Tertiary qualifications in Veterinary Science and registration or eligibility for registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW
Post-graduate training in veterinary pathology (Board Certification, Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons in Pathology or equivalent or be progressing towards eligibility).
Experience in pathology relating zoo animals and wildlife

About us....
Taronga believes in a shared future for Wildlife and People and is working in partnership with wildlife conservation organizations and communities to develop ways to protect species and habitats. Taronga For the Wild!
Our employees enjoy generous employment conditions including:
 Complimentary family and friends passes
 A wide range of discounts on our award winning accommodation
Discounted food and beverage purchases across the site
Reduced rates for other services including animal encounters

About applying....
Please ensure you attach a current version of your resume and address the above key criteria in a cover letter no more than two pages. You are also required to complete two target questions as part of your online application.
All applications must be completed via using the reference number 00003OEX or searching the word Taronga. For more information in relation to the vacant position please contact Larry Vogelnest at or phone (02) 9978 4618.
To review a copy of the role description, please visit the careers page of the Taronga website
Applications close: 21 June 2015 – interviews will be scheduled week commencing 13 July 2015

Amreican Association of Zoo Vets Journal Editor

The Editor will have primary responsibility for the publication of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (JZWM), a quarterly scientific, peer-reviewed publication with a circulation of approximately 1,400. The JZWM is published by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), and is the official journal of the AAZV and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV). The Editor will work under the guidance of the JZWM Operations Committee, which reports to the AAZV Executive Board.  The position can be based at the successful applicant’s home institution.  The Editor will be paid as an independent contractor.  Pay is in the range of $20,000 to $25,000, depending on experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a DVM/VMD degree and a strong interest and experience in the field of zoological medicine. The Editor should have a breadth of understanding of the various disciplines encountered within the fields of zoo and wildlife medicine and have a solid record of scientific publications. The expected term of office is a minimum of five years. 
The complete job description can be found at 

Interested individuals may contact Mads Bertelsen (MFB@ZOO.DK) or Eric Miller ( for further information. 

Applications will be accepted through 30 June, 2015. 

Please submit a letter of application, along with a CV to:  Please state in the subject line: JZWM Editor Application. 5/27/15

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Zoological Medicine – UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience.

QUALIFICATIONS: Veterinarian with at least 4 years of veterinary medical experience required, 3 years of experience related to captive Zoological Medicine required. ACZM board certification or ACZM accepted credentials for eligibility, required. Ability to obtain California Veterinary License and ability to obtain USDA Accreditation Certificate required. Demonstrated record of effective teaching and of independent productivity and creativity in research related to Zoological Medicine, required. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere, required. Advanced research training (e.g. fellowship, Master's degree and/or PhD) desired.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching: Responsibilities include: 1) develop and teach lectures and laboratories for the DVM professional curriculum; 2) provide clinical instruction within the Zoological Medicine Service; 3) provide instruction, research guidance and mentorship for the graduate clinical teaching program (i.e. zoological medicine residents); and 4) mentor and direct graduate students in the Master in Preventative Veterinary Medicine, MS, and PhD programs on campus.

Clinical: The position includes a 50% clinical commitment to the Zoological Medicine Service with a significant service commitment to a local zoological collection. The individual will be responsible for directing, instructing, and supervising veterinary students and residents while providing health care and service to patients and for advising and consulting with referring veterinarians and clients.

Research: The development of a creative, independent, and productive basic and/or clinically oriented research program in captive and/or free-ranging zoological species is a fundamental and indispensable requirement of the position, including publication of results in professional/scientific journals.

Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education, and other appropriate means is required.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by June 30, 2015; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, and experience and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses of three professional references. Application materials may be submitted by using the University’s online submission program, 5/26/15


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply at: 5/26/15

Wildlife Rehabilitation

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Education Center and Rescue – Veterinarian

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

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

Full Time Position with an Immediate Start Date

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

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

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

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

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

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

 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  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


  • 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 NO PHONE CALLS, please. (1/30/15)


Senior Veterinary Surgeon - Animals Asia

We are seeking a Senior Veterinary Surgeon for our bear rescue centre in Tam Dao, Vietnam (VBRC). The position will involve overall responsibility for the provision of extensive veterinary care to bears at our centre who are rescued from the bear bile industry and to local domestic animals at our basic small animal clinic.

The Senior Veterinary Surgeon will report to the Bear and Vet Team Director, but will ultimately be responsible for all veterinary clinical decision making, and will supervise and manage a team comprising of one Resident Veterinary Surgeon and 2 qualified Veterinary Nurses. He/She will be responsible for veterinary department budgeting and reporting, and may be required to travel within Asia and participate in outreach and training projects, and work with local veterinarians.

Please contact for further details and a full job description.


  • At least 5 years work experience in a large mixed veterinary practice, zoological facility, specialist referral centre, or similar working environment.
  • Experience in a management or supervisory role.
  • Excellent clinical and organizational skills, an aptitude for problem-solving medicine and self-directed learning and plenty of initiative and flexibility.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team comprising both western and local staff.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a history of working abroad, plus a background in captive wildlife management or charitable veterinary work are beneficial.
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 2 years.

Appointment is paid, full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

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

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

For more information please visit our website

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

Closing date: July 3, 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 If interested, please contact:

Prof. Michele Miller – email:

Dr. Sven Parsons – email:

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eko Tracks – Veterinary Student Opportunity in Africa

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

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

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

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

Student Externship Opportunities

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


International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

UC Davis–California Dept of Fish & Wildlife Externship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit us at: and

Wildlife Medicine Externship -  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about WRC, visit our website at:

Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duration:  2-4 weeks from May-September

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

Application Deadline: Fall of previous year

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations

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

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

For upcoming courses see:

Related Job, Training, and Education Links

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center




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