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Veterinary Hospital Internship

Organization: The National Aviary (AZA Member)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The National Aviary's hospital is a leader in bird health. The hospital provides medical care for a large bird collection consisting of over 200 different species. The hospital also has a preventative medicine program to help prevent common diseases with vaccines and parasite control. For visitors, we give a daily presentation by introducing one of our recovered patients and describing the unique types of medical care provided for the birds.

The Veterinary Hospital Internship Program provides unique opportunities to work directly with a diversity of birds and medical conditions. Interns help the hospital keepers care for all the birds in the hospital and other locations. They provide daily customized diets and special-needs housing to meet the birds' intensive medical needs. There are many varied responsibilities, such as setting up hospital cages that improve the birds' recoveries, assisting with physical therapy, such as swimming injured waterfowl, monitoring behaviors, keeping the hospital clean, and organizing and stocking medical supplies. Interns observe and can assist the veterinarian and veterinary technicians with daily administration of medicines, wound care, recheck examinations, medical record-keeping, and procedures such as blood collection, x-rays, anesthesia, and surgery. The interns are primarily responsible for avian husbandry in a medical setting and receive significant hands-on experience in this area. There are opportunities daily to observe and discuss the medical procedures.

All internships are unpaid; housing is not provided. Hours worked are flexible.

Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 50 pounds and climb stairs. Must work both as a team and independently, have a good work ethic, a positive attitude, and ability to interact with the public. Applicants can be pre-veterinary students, veterinary technician students, veterinary technician graduates, or others with a strong interest in avian medicine. Currently we are not accepting veterinary students for formal externships or preceptorships.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Sarah Shannon, Hospital Intern Coordinator

National Aviary

700 Arch Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The deadline to apply is August 15th, 2010.