Houston Toad Veterinary Intern




Organization: Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job

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

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.

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.