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State and Federal Employers

Wildlife Veterinarian – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

 

SALARY:

$7,084.00 /Month

OPENING DATE: 02/19/14

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

DIVISION: Wildlife

WORK ADDRESS: To be determined - Central Texas Area

HIRING CONTACT: Clay Brewer, (325) 463-5001

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

NOTE: 50% Travel required. Location to be determined within Central Texas area.
Under the direction of the Wildlife Division Special Projects Coordinator, the Wildlife Division Veterinarian is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the Division Wildlife Health Program including: operations (field and clinical), policy development and implementation, wildlife health related research and training, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification compliance, humane animal care, and other veterinarian duties as required. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.

POSTING NUMBER: 14-00365

QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Experience:

  • Five years experience in general veterinary work;
  • Five years experience in wildlife veterinary work.

NOTE: Experience may have occurred concurrently.

Licensure:

  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license;
  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, a State of Texas Veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners;
  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substance Registration Certificate.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and certification.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology or closely related field in Natural Resource Management with major coursework (24 hours minimum) in wildlife/habitat conservation, management and/or research.

Experience:

  • Experience working or volunteering at a wildlife agency.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of general veterinary principles, practices, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, pathology, bacteriology, virology, toxicology, and genetics for a wide range of host and vector species (domestic and captive and free-ranging wild animals);
  • Knowledge of wildlife diseases/disease management and the impacts on wildlife populations (captive and free-ranging);
  • Knowledge of domestic and wild animal disease investigations, prevention, control and management;
  • Knowledge of native Texas Wildlife species, biological principles and wildlife management techniques;
  • Knowledge of State of Texas and federal regulations, rules, procedures and processes concerning veterinary practices, disease, chemical immobilization, pharmaceuticals (including controlled substances), and intrastate and interstate transportation of wildlife;
  • Knowledge of research design, statistical analysis, technical and popular report writing;
  • Skill in administrative management including the establishment of statewide priorities, committee leadership, and delegation as required to ensure success in achieving Division Wildlife Health Program goals and objectives;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in communicating clearly, on a broad range of wildlife health issues;
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing and reporting advanced scientific data;
  • Skill in coordinating with department personnel, other governmental agencies, and organizations;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations;
  • Skill in establishing priorities and planning processes;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Skill in using analytical software applications and veterinary software applications;
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work both independently and as a team member;
  • Ability to properly manage a budget;
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate research activities or special projects;
  • Ability to train other staff and volunteers in wildlife health program procedures to achieve Division Wildlife Health Program objectives.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Required to work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work on holidays, weekends and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to travel with possible overnight stays;
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:

  • Submittal of a completed online application; CLICK HERE
  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application.

NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Diagnostic Laboratories Branch Chief Position

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is recruiting for a Branch Chief position to lead the Wildlife Diagnostic Laboratories Branch.  The NWHC is a federal research center with the mission to safeguarding 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.

The Wildlife Diagnostic Laboratories Branch conducts diagnostic investigations to determine cause of death for wildlife mortality events and to detect and discover pathogens.  This is provided as a service to partner agencies and the information is used by natural resource managers and others to make informed decisions regarding management of wildlife populations.  The Branch has core capabilities in diagnostic virology, microbiology, parasitology, pathology, molecular diagnostics and biological support.  Recent work includes identifying, characterizing, and researching important diseases of wildlife such as bat white-nose syndrome, Wellfleet Bay virus in eiders, Newcastle disease in double-crested cormorants, and H3N8 influenza virus in harbor seals.  NWHC has also succeeded in developing and refining laboratory assays with increased sensitivity and specificity for Pseudogymnoascus destructans (the causative agent of white-nose syndrome), botulinum neurotoxin type E, and avian influenza viruses.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified individual to lead a team of creative, innovative technicians, support staff, and scientists to advance the diagnostic 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 diagnostic laboratory and scientific research projects of considerable depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting  diagnostic laboratory data with novel and obscure problems; 3) developing new or significantly modified diagnostic techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical specialist on a diagnostic issue.
To apply for the position please visit the appropriate link below.  Please note this position is advertised in the both General Biology and VMO job series:

1.) Supv. VMO - DEU https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366868900
2.) Supv. Biologist - DEU https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366870000
3.) Supv. VMO - MP https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366870300
4.) Supv. Biologist - MP https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366868100

For further information please visit the links above or contact:
Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, Tel: (608) 270 2401, Fax: (608) 270 2415, Email: jsleeman@usgs.gov

Waterbird Biologist - Climate Change, Avian Influenza / Diseases, Spatial Modeling

Target Start Date: As soon as filled; November 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in collaboration with USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) is seeking a full-time research biologist to work in a team setting to study waterbirds and wetlands for multiple research projects.  The main focus of work will include analysis and writing scientific papers for ongoing waterbird ecology and disease studies as well as handling logistics  and leading fieldwork for ongoing studies.  The position is located at PWRC in Beltsville, MD and is funded for 17 months with possibility of extension based on performance and grants.

A major component of the work will include writing up avian influenza disease studies and assisting with applying disease models for web applications.  Strong writing skills are required with a proven ability to complete peer-reviewed scientific publications quickly.  The position may include fieldwork for studies of wild birds (such as capture, marking, and sampling) and ecology studies (bird surveys, land-use change studies, and population monitoring at restored wetlands).  Fieldwork may require long hours under difficult environmental conditions.  Duties may also include administrative tasks such as assisting with setting up contracts, ordering supplies, communicating with collaborators, and other logistical tasks.

Salary Range: $58-61K; Comprehensive benefits (medical, vision, dental) and 401K retirement plan.

Requirements:

Proficiency to independently write scientific publications for submittal to peer-reviewed journals.  The role will include coauthoring or leading several manuscripts from existing USGS datasets or new efforts as assigned.  A PhD degree in ecology or related field or a MS degree with 4-6 years of experience is preferred, but the primary required experience will be a proven track record in scientific publication.

Knowledge of experimental design, field methods, and statistical analyses for waterbird and wetland ecology research.

Computing skills including statistical software such as SAS, R; spatial software such as ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, Erdas Imagine, Google Earth

Ability to identify waterbird species.

Can meet physical demands of field work often under difficult conditions (cold, hot, wet, buggy, etc.)

Experience in capture, handling, marking, and tracking methods for waterfowl may be helpful.
   
Professional competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research.

Effective and constructive communication with appropriate Government representatives, both within the USGS and with international research partners. 

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, applying good judgment used to determine the order of completion of work, and effective communication employed to manage and meet the expectations of PWRC and partners. 

Initiative and independence is exhibited both in the field and in the office.

Can meet physical demands of field work often under difficult conditions (cold, hot, wet, buggy, etc.)
           

If interested apply at www.cherokee-cngs.com (Job# 7948) AND send the following materials in a SINGLE FILE to pwrc.wb@gmail.com: (a) cover letter, (b) resume, (c) 3 references, (d) 1-2 writing examples - first authored publication or report (this can be sent as a second file if necessary).  Name files with your last name followed by your first name (eg. SmithJohn.doc and SmithJohnWritingEx.pdf). 
Non-Government Organizations

Assistant or Associate Professor of Aquatic Animal Health - DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

SALARY:    Dependent on qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS:   Veterinarian (or equivalent)  with  advanced  training  in Aquatic Animal Health (AAH) with an emphasis on fish health. PhD and documented research record or potential to develop an independent research program in AAH, is required. Clinical experience and competence in AAH is required. Demonstrated aptitude/experience or potential in teaching is required. Evidence of leadership, including excellent communication and interpersonal skills is required. Board certification or eligibility for the American College of Zoological Medicine, American College of Veterinary Microbiology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, or American College of Preventative Medicine is preferred. Certification in American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section is encouraged.

RESPONSIBILITIES:    Research:   The position requires the development of a creative, independent and productive basic and/or applied research program in AAH. This includes establishing a strong extramurally funded laboratory, training of graduate academic and clinical students and publication in peer-reviewed scientific/professional journals. Areas of research focus could include microbiology, virology, immunology, population health and/or pathology.

Clinical: The position includes a 25% commitment to AAH Service of the Veterinary Medicine  Teaching Hospital (VMTH). The  individual will be responsible for directing, instructing and supervising  veterinary  students  and house officers; providing health care and service to patients; and advising and consulting with referring veterinarians and clients.

Teaching: Responsibilities include: 1) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus. ; 2) participation in the graduate clinical (resident) training program of the VMTH; and 3) clinical teaching in the VMTH; participation in lectures and laboratories in the DVM professional curriculum

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 March 31, 2014; 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, https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00238.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Avian, Exotic, and Zoological Medicine - Oklahoma State University - Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital,  Stillwater, Oklahoma

Assistant/Associate Professor of Avian, Exotic and Zoological Medicine.  The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is seeking applicants for a tenure track or clinical track faculty position in Avian, Exotic and Zoological Medicine.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  A DVM degree or equivalent is required.  Completion of clinical residency training and board certification (or eligibility) by the American College of Zoological Medicine is required.  Eligibility for faculty licensure in the state of Oklahoma is required.  Duties will include:  clinical service and teaching including oversight of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Avian, Exotic and Zoological service, instruction in the didactic portion of the pre-clinical veterinary medical curriculum, and scholarly work.  Collaboration with established research faculty within the College and University is encouraged.  Application review will begin as they are received and the position will remain open until filled.  Applications should include a letter of intent with statement of professional goals, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references.  Inquiries or applications should be sent to Dr. G. Reed Holyoak, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-2042, (405) 744-8472, Fax (405) 744-6265, e-mail: reed.holyoak@okstate.edu.  Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to multi-cultured diversity. Start date: 7/1/2014

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: www.accb-cambodia.org, www.facebook.com/ACCBCambodia.

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.

Requirements:

  • 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: raffel@allwetterzoo.de

Faculty Position in One Health - Fontbonne University

The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, Fontbonne University, invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of One Health to begin fall, 2014.  We seek candidates whose research and experience includes fields such as veterinary medicine, conservation medicine, One Health, or disease ecology.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent. 
Duties include:

  • teaching courses in the undergraduate curriculum such as ecology, conservation biology, and introductory life science, as well as helping to design and teach courses included in an Undergraduate Certificate Program in One Health.
  • Assume department and university responsibilities including advising students, participating in departmental activities and university governance.
  • Support the university’s statements of Mission, Values and Commitment.and contributing to activities in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences.   

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with personnel at the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine.   
Applications must be submitted electronically to Human Resources at resumes@fontbonne.edu as a PDF file that includes a detailed curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references, a summary of research interests or professional goals, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy. 

More information about the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences is available at: http://www.fontbonne.edu/academics/undergraduate/departments/biologicalphysicalsciences/

Assistant/Associate Professor in Exotic, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences - Saskatoon

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor in Exotic, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.  This position is available July 1, 2014, and the start date is negotiable. 

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine:  The WCVM is western Canada’s regional college of veterinary medicine.  Approximately 80 students from the four western provinces and the northern jurisdictions are admitted each year to the DVM program.  The College also includes 140 graduate students, interns and residents.  It is part of a comprehensive academic health sciences group on the university campus, with access to facilities including the PET-CT, Canadian Light Source and the Biomedical Beamline.  For further information, please visit www.usask.ca/wcvm

The WCVM is located in the vibrant and economically booming city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s largest city and one of the sunniest cities in Canada.  For more information on Saskatoon, please visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com.

The Veterinary Medical Centre:  The VMC operates a full service exotics, zoo and wildlife service.  It  has undergone substantial expansion and renovation, and it is currently an outstanding state-of-the-art facility serving western Canada as an AVMA and AAHA accredited hospital and referral centre. A newer CT, 1.5T MRI, nuclear scintigraphy  and linear accelerator are available on site.  For more information on the VMC, please visit http://www.usask.ca/vmc/medical_centre/index.php.

Responsibilities:  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students in the field of zoo, exotics and wildlife medicine and surgery.  The candidate will be expected to develop a research program in an area related to their interests and the interests of the institution, provide clinical service in the Veterinary Medical Centre and at the Saskatoon Zoo, and contribute to extension and continuing education programs.

Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a D.V.M. degree or its equivalent and must be eligible for licensure with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.  The successful candidate should be a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) or be eligible for board certification with the ACZM.  An acceptable alternative training program will be considered, but Board certification with ACZM is required for tenure in the department.  Possession of an advanced degree is desirable.   

Applications:  A letter of intent; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, and email addresses of three referees should be submitted to Dr. Cindy Shmon, Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5B4 Canada or to cindy.shmon@usask.ca.  Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2014, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been appointed.

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor in Exotic, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.  This position is available July 1, 2014, and the start date is negotiable. 

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine:  The WCVM is western Canada’s regional college of veterinary medicine.  Approximately 80 students from the four western provinces and the northern jurisdictions are admitted each year to the DVM program.  The College also includes 140 graduate students, interns and residents.  It is part of a comprehensive academic health sciences group on the university campus, with access to facilities including the PET-CT, Canadian Light Source and the Biomedical Beamline.  For further information, please visit www.usask.ca/wcvm

The WCVM is located in the vibrant and economically booming city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s largest city and one of the sunniest cities in Canada.  For more information on Saskatoon, please visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com.

The Veterinary Medical Centre:  The VMC operates a full service exotics, zoo and wildlife service.  It  has undergone substantial expansion and renovation, and it is currently an outstanding state-of-the-art facility serving western Canada as an AVMA and AAHA accredited hospital and referral centre. A newer CT, 1.5T MRI, nuclear scintigraphy  and linear accelerator are available on site.  For more information on the VMC, please visit http://www.usask.ca/vmc/medical_centre/index.php.

Responsibilities:  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate students in the field of zoo, exotics and wildlife medicine and surgery.  The candidate will be expected to develop a research program in an area related to their interests and the interests of the institution, provide clinical service in the Veterinary Medical Centre and at the Saskatoon Zoo, and contribute to extension and continuing education programs.

Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a D.V.M. degree or its equivalent and must be eligible for licensure with the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.  The successful candidate should be a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) or be eligible for board certification with the ACZM.  An acceptable alternative training program will be considered, but Board certification with ACZM is required for tenure in the department.  Possession of an advanced degree is desirable.   

Applications:  A letter of intent; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, and email addresses of three referees should be submitted to Dr. Cindy Shmon, Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5B4 Canada or to cindy.shmon@usask.ca.  Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2014, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been appointed.

Assistant/Associate/Professor of Wildlife Population/Herd Health

Position: The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas invites applications for an Assistant, Associate, or Professor position in the field of Wildlife Population/Herd Health. This is a 12-month, tenure or clinical-track, fully-funded Assistant/Associate/Professor position with assignments in research, teaching and service.
Responsibilities: Working in association with a team of researchers and clinicians, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for development of an externally funded program focused in the area of herd/population health and management of native and exotic cervids. Preference will be given to candidates with research experience with cervid health, zoonotic diseases, regulatory diseases, foreign animal disease, and wildlife disease management. The successful candidate has the opportunity to work closely with the Texas Cervid Industry, Exotic Wildlife Groups, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Animal Health Commission, Zoonosis Control of the Texas Department of State of Health Services, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Texas A&M University, and with other universities in the TAMU system. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching parasitology, microbiology, wildlife diseases, and cervid herd health courses to undergraduate and veterinary professional students. The successful candidate will also participate in the training of graduate students and post-doctoral associates as well as actively conduct collaborative research with other TAMU and CVM researchers. Academic service is expected to include departmental, college, university committees and with professional organizations, editorial or grant review teams,  onsultations with other wildlife research projects and organizations.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a DVM and PhD in wildlife sciences, wildlife health, biomedical science, veterinary sciences (microbiology, pathology, immunology, parasitology), or related fields and have experience in a broad array of disciplines which impact cervid health, ecology and management. Teaching experience, research experience and broad comprehensive understanding of state and federal regulatory disease issues and disease control methods related to wildlife and cervid species is a critical qualification needed.

Environment: Texas A&M is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant and Space-Grant University and ranks as the nation’s seventh largest university with 48,000 students. TAMU has on campus a College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Medicine. TAMU conducts research valued at more than $500 million annually. Texas landowners hold more cervid species than any other state both in free-ranging native and exotic species and in captive herds. The Texas cervid industry has been the largest growing segment of the Texas agricultural economy for over a decade. The role of wildlife health, domestic animal health and human health is critical to the livelihood of Texas landowners. Economic stability of Texas ranches is frequently based upon a diversified portfolio that includes livestock-based and wildlife-based activities thus allowing resiliency during times of climatic uncertainty such as drought. Opportunities exist for a joint appointment with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (http://wfscnet.tamu.edu/) and collaboration with the Applied Biodiversity Sciences program (http://biodiversity.tamu.edu/). Details on the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology can be found at http://www.vetmed.tamu.edu/vtpb. Likewise, details about the CVM, TAMU, and Bryan/College Station are available on the following websites: www.vetmed.tamu.edu, www.tamu.edu, visitaggieland.com or www.visitaggieland.com.

Salary, Rank & Benefits: Salary and rank are commensurate with accomplishments and experience. Percentage assignment
and determination of tenure or clinical track is negotiable. Research space assignment and start-up will be assured to allow the successful candidate to accomplish their research goals. Texas A&M University makes available a significant fringe benefit package with multiple options in life insurance, healthcare insurance, retirement, as well as an excellent vacation and sick leave program.

Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Cindy Voelker (cvoelker@cvm.tamu.edu) (Administrative staff person assigned to the search advisory committee) or mailed to Ms. Cindy Voelker at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, College Station, Texas 77843-4467. Applications should include a letter of application, an overview of current and planned research initiatives/direction and proposed funding sources, an outline of teaching interests and experience, an up-to- date curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for three references to include names, addresses, e-mail, phone and fax numbers. Detailed position information can be obtained from http://vetmed.tamu.edu/vtpb/employment-opportunities. Please feel free to call or e-mail Dr. Linda Logan, department head at 979-845-5941 or LLogan@cvm.tamu.edu

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Clinic Director Position - City Wildlife, Inc.

City Wildlife, Inc. (www.citywildlife.org), 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 anne.lewis@citywildlife.org 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 info@thaianimalsanctuary.com.

For further information on the sanctuary, please visit our website www.thaianimalsanctuary.com

To apply, please forward a covering letter and CV (including details of two referees) to info@thaianimalsanctuary.com
Student Opportunities
Internships and Residency Opportunities

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

 

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

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

Responsibilities:

  • Provide state-of-the-art veterinary care to the Center’s 2,500 wildlife patients each year.  [Will require some overnight on-call responsibilities.] 

 

  • Work closely with other veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and wildlife rehabilitators. 
  • Play a leadership role in the management of the Wildlife Center’s clinical program, including supervising and mentoring other members of the staff.

 

  • Play a leadership role in mentoring and providing professional development opportunities, experience, and training for a veterinary intern, fourth-year veterinary students, and others.   
  • Assist in the development of new strategies for wildlife disease surveillance and response.
  • Lead or assist in research projects that advance wildlife veterinary medicine. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Wildlife Center with the media, professional organizations, and wildlife rehabilitators. 

Qualifications:

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

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

TO APPLY:

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

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

Houston Zoo Internship

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

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

 General Job Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residency in Wildlife Health and Zoo Medicine - University of Montreal

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

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

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

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota

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

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

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

The Humane Society of the United States
Cape Wildlife Center

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

Contact:dmillman@humanesociety.org

Professional Training Programs at the Cape Wildlife Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

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

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

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

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

  • Appropriate handling and restraint of certain species:

  Such species may include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internship

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

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

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

Length: One year, beginning immediately.

Extern for Vet students and/or Natural Sciences students

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

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

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

Post-Graduate and Graduate School Opportunities

Graduate Opportunity PhD student Emerging Infectious Diseases in Arctic Wildlife (Muskoxen)

Application deadline: February 26, 2014
We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic PhD student to join our Research Group in Arctic Wildlife Health starting in September 2014 or January 2015. This position is based in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. The successful applicant will work under the primary supervision of Drs. Susan Kutz (Arctic wildlife health specialist) and Karin Orsel (veterinary epidemiologist) and within our multi-disciplinary and multiagency network to investigate aspects of the emergence of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in muskoxen in the Canadian Arctic archipelago.

Muskoxen, Ovibos moschatus, are an important wildlife species that are harvested for subsistence and commercial purposes in the Canadian North and constitute a substantial socio-economic, cultural and physical health resource for northern indigenous peoples. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, a bacteria not previously reported in muskoxen nor in the Arctic, was first isolated from muskox carcasses found on Victoria Island in summer 2011, and then subsequently from large groups of dead muskoxen found on Banks Island in summer 2012. Animals were generally adults in good body condition that had died from septicemia associated with E. rhusiopathiae. This bacterium is also zoonotic and therefore of concern with respect to the safety of ‘country foods’. Our goal is to better understand the origin, ecology and impacts of this emerging pathogen in muskoxen.

Qualifications: Candidates should be industrious, passionate about science, and must have
demonstrated competence as team players. Strong interests in wildlife conservation, disease
ecology, molecular epidemiology, and wildlife health are desired. An MSc or similar degree in wildlife disease ecology or a related field is desirable. A veterinary degree is an asset, but not essential. A GPA of >3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, as this position is part of the University’s Eyes High program (https://www.ucalgary.ca/eyeshigh/).

Stipend: $25,000/year for domestic students and $30,000/year for international students with potential for top-up funding if the student is successful in securing external funding.

Application Deadline: February 26, 2014, or until suitable applicants are identified. Email a letter of introduction describing research interests and experience, a current CV, an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 3 references to:

Supervisor, Dr. Susan Kutz,

skutz@ucalgary.ca
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~kutzrg/
Ecosystem and Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary

Co-supervisor , Dr. Karin Orsel,

Karin.orsel@ucalgary.ca
http://wcm.ucalgary.ca/orselresearch/
Production Animal Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary

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

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

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

Interested students are welcomed to schedule a visit or phone call with the Program Director, please email: mcm@tufts.edu

The application deadline is April 1st.

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

Courses

Eko Tracks – Veterinary Student Opportunity in Africa

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

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

Eko Tracks, your agent in the USA is booking study abroad trips for the 2014 season now. Get a head start at this once in a life time educational experience and read more on www.ekotracks.com Application forms are downloadable.

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

Student Externship Opportunities

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

Envirovet

International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

Tufts Wildlife Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Wildlifevets.com

ARCAS, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Peten, Guatemala. Veterinary Student externship, volunteer opportunities with Tropical Wildlife.

Description: The ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, located in the edge of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, in Peten, Guatemala, hosts animals product from the confiscations to illegal traffickers, putting them through our IUCN based protocols of rehabilitation to reintroduce them to their natural habitat, species include primates, small carnivores, reptiles, psittacines, among others. We are opening externship programs aimed at veterinary students and veterinary technicians with a strong emphasis on animal handling, preventive and emergency medicine. Three programs are available, 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks. We encourage prospective participants to talk to your university supervisors to gain credit over the experience.

 PLANS FOR VETERINARY STUDENTS - RESCUE CENTER, PETEN, GUATEMALA
2 WEEKS
Cost: contact us for details
Minimum 4, maximum 12 participants.
•Assured space at the Rescue Center
•Transportation, Flores Airport - Rescue Center - Flores Airport
•All meals at rescue center and lodging included
•Two day overnight trip to Tikal Mayan Temples (four meals, guided tour, one night in hotel
inside national park, transportation Rescue Center - Hotel - Rescue Center. Does NOT
include park entrance fee GTQ150.00 per person)
•6 hours of lecture time (Primates, Pstiacines, Reptiles)
•5 hours of necropsy review (documented past cases)
•4 hours or practice, capture and management of Primates, Psitacines and Reptiles.
•Obtention and processing of blood samples and fecals of Primates, Psitacines and
reptiles.
•Participation in necropsies and administration of treatments (surgery assistance and type
of treatment depending on cases)
•Routine work with the animals and enclosures (Cleaning, feeding, maintenance)

4 WEEKS
Cost: contact us for details
Minimum: 4, Maximum: 10 participants
•Assured space at the Rescue Center
•Transportation, Flores Airport - Rescue Center - Flores Airport
•All meals at rescue center and lodging included
•Two day overnight trip to Tikal Mayan Temples (four meals, guided tour, one night in hotel
inside national park, transportation Rescue Center - Hotel - Rescue Center. Does NOT
include park entrance fee GTQ150.00 per person)
•Visit to Private Natural Park Ixpanpajul (Hanging bridges, canopy zipline, transport and
lunch)
•10 hours of lecture time (Primates, Pstiacines, Reptiles, lesser mammals, medicine and
preventive management, teleinjection)
•5 hours of necropsy review (documented past cases)•3 hours of case discussion (documented past cases)
•8 hours or practice, capture and management of Primates, Psitacines and Reptiles, lesser
mammals, non psitacine birds.
•Obtention and processing of blood samples and fecals of 6 species, Primates, Psitacines,
Reptiles, Deer, Coatimundi, one other, discussion and administration of needed treatment,
and follow up.
•Participation in necropsies and administration of treatments (surgery assistance and type
of treatment depending on cases)
•Routine work with the animals and enclosures (Cleaning, feeding, maintenance)
•Potential work with infant animals (case dependent)
•Additional work in Petencito zoo (1 day a week)

6 WEEKS
Cost: contact us for details
Minimum: 2, Maximum: 8 participants.
•Assured space at the Rescue Center
•Transportation, Flores Airport - Rescue Center - Flores Airport
•All meals at rescue center and lodging included
•Two day overnight trip to Tikal Mayan Temples (four meals, guided tour, one night in hotel
inside national park, transportation Rescue Center - Hotel - Rescue Center. Does NOT
include park entrance fee GTQ150.00 per person)
•Visit to Private Natural Park Ixpanpajul (Hanging bridges, canopy zipline, transport and
lunch)
•14 hours of lecture time (Primates, Pstiacines, Reptiles, lesser mammals, medicine and
preventive management, teleinjection, captive breeding, field research)
•8 hours of necropsy review (documented past cases)
•5 hours of case discussion (documented past cases)
•10 hours or practice, capture and management of Primates, Psitacines and Reptiles,
lesser mammals, non psitacine birds.
•Obtention and processing of blood samples and fecals of minimum 6 different species
including, Primates, Psitacines, Reptiles, Deer, Coatimundi, others, discussion and
administration of needed treatment, and follow up.
•Participation in necropsies and administration of treatments (surgery assistance and type
of treatment depending on cases)
•Routine work with the animals and enclosures (Cleaning, feeding, maintenance)
•Potential work with infant animals (case dependent)
•Additional work in Petencito zoo (1 day a week), visit to private collection Villa Maya

TO BE CONSIDERED
•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 please contact crpeten@arcasguatemala.org with Subject: Veterinary program

Main webpage: www.arcasguatemala.org

Wildlife Medicine Externship -  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Medicine Externship - California Wildlife Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterinary Student Preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

Externship opportunity - Wildlife Clinic, T ufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

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

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

Duration:  2-4 weeks from May-September

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

Application Deadline: Fall of previous year

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current tetanus/rabies vaccinations

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

Continuing Education Opportunities

Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary Pathology:

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

Related Job, Training, and Education Links

The Wildlife Disease Association

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The National Wildlife Health Center

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

AVMA

 

 

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