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Phoenix Zoo

Zoological Medicine Internship

Phoenix Zoo is offering a one-year internship program in zoological medicine for graduate veterinarians. The intern will participate in all aspects of veterinary care at the Phoenix Zoo. This will include daily rounds, preventative medicine examinations, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, necropsies, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical pharmacology. The intern will be expected to assist with daily care and maintenance of animals and the hospital, including medical treatments, laboratory submissions, and medical record keeping. Interns are expected to make great efforts to submit at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. They will assist with teaching and mentorship of veterinary students from Midwestern University during students' rotations at the zoo and will actively participate in a monthly journal club. Interns will also facilitate extensive communication with all levels of animal care staff to carry out diagnostic and treatment plans.

Phoenix Zoo is an AZA-accredited institution situated on 125 acres of land, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the United States, caring for more than 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened or endangered species. The full-service veterinary hospital is staffed by three full-time veterinarians, one full-time veterinary intern, two full-time certified veterinary technicians, and one full-time hospital keeper.

Completion of a DVM or equivalent degree. Graduation from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and a valid US veterinary license. One year of post-graduate internship experience in either a small or large animal clinical setting is required. International candidates must already have a valid visa as the Phoenix Zoo is not able to assist with this process. Applicants should have a strong interest in zoological medicine and conservation. A negative tuberculin skin test within 6 months of the start date is required. Proof of rabies vaccination, negative drug test, and a valid driver’s license are required. Excellent work ethic, communication skills, and a positive, team-oriented attitude are expected. Interns are expected to find their own housing accommodations and transportation during their stay in Phoenix.

All applications for this position must include a letter of intent, current CV, and three letters of reference (reference letters, if e-mailed, should come directly from the reference’s e-mail account rather than the applicant’s). Emailed reference letters should be sent to: kphair@phoenixzoo.org. Deadline for submission of all application materials is Friday, March 19, 2021. 

How to Apply

To apply, please visit: https://www.phoenixzoo.org/careers/
Résumés are not accepted for any ACNC position without an accompanying application. While postings may remain on outside sites for longer, once a job is removed from the Phoenix Zoo career site, it is closed and we will no longer accept applications. If you are a top candidate for a current opening, we will contact you within a few weeks of the position closing. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications and résumés we receive, we are only able to respond to those applicants who best match our current openings.

Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix, AZ

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