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Hospital Intern

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

Position: Avian Hospital Internship

Posted on: 9 June 12

Deadline to apply: open

Department: National Aviary Veterinary Hospital

Salary/Pay Range: Unpaid

Start Date: September/October

End Date: Minimum of 3 weeks but can be up to 6 months

The National Aviary's hospital is a leader in bird health, providing advanced medical care for a large bird collection of over 200 different species. The hospital also has a preventative medicine program to help prevent common diseases through vaccinations and parasite control. For visitors, we give a daily educational program, “Meet a Patient”, with one of the recovered patients describing its specialized medical care.The Hospital Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for students, veterinary technicians, zoo keepers, and others interested in birds to work directly with a diversity of birds and medical conditions. The interns are primarily responsible for avian husbandry in a medical setting and receive significant hands-on experience in this area. Interns feed and clean the hospitalized birds. They make customized diets and housing to meet the birds' medical needs. The interns have varied responsibilities, such as setting up hospital cages that improve the birds' recoveries, assisting with physical therapy by swimming injured waterfowl, providing enrichment, monitoring patients, keeping the hospital clean, laundry, and stocking medical supplies. Interns can observe medical procedures throughout the day. There are occasional opportunities to assist the veterinarian and veterinary technicians with administering medicines, wound care, recheck examinations, medical record-keeping, and procedures such as blood collection and x-rays. The interns are also taught a new topic each day in avian medicine or husbandry by the vet techs or vet in ‘intern rounds’. Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. Interns are accepted year round and the schedule can be made to accommodate college students or work schedules. We require at least 2 days a week but prefer 5 days a week. Internship length is a minimum of 3 weeks but can be up to 6 months in certain circumstances. The average internship lasts 3 months.

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 pre-veterinary students, veterinary technician students, veterinary technician graduates, or others with a strong interest in avian medicine.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Liza Mergenthaler


Veterinary Technician/Hospital Intern Coordinator

National Aviary700 Arch Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212