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ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Spring 2023 Hospital Assistant Internship


Hospital Assistant-Spring 2023


Internship Dates: February 20, 2023-May 27, 2023

Deadline to Apply: December 23, 2022 @ 5:00 PM ET


Please note: If you are seeking an Animal Care internship, do not apply for more than two opportunities within the same term.  Applying to more than two areas may disqualify the candidate from further consideration.


Hospital Assistant will work with the veterinarians and technicians in the day to day.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Animal care of hospitalized patients and incoming quarantined/outgoing animals under the direct supervision of  Veterinary Technician.
  •  Assistant will obtain diets from Commissary, make observations of patients under hospital care, clean, feed, and maintain daily records +/- assisting vet or tech with medications or  treatments.
  • Maintenance of animal enclosures (cages, runs, dens, stalls) including sweeping, mopping, hosing, disinfecting, raking, weeding to be ready for new patients at all times.
  • Cleaning ICU and Isolation rooms including dishes, cabinets, counters, sink, floor, and trash. The Keeper’s Nook should be clean and pest-free. Dishes washed, disinfected, and stored. Refrigerator clean with expired foods discarded. Counters, sink, and floors cleaned as needed. Trash removed.
  • Housekeeping inside and outside of Hospital and ACA of those area not maintained by Park Services Clean Team including non-animal areas. Dusting, sweeping, mopping, trash, laundry, restocking, organizing.
  • Duties to include keeping treatment room stocked as well and as field kits/totes. Assist technicians with monthly checks of expiration dates of medications, supplies, and surgical packs.
  • Daily water quality testing.
  • Vehicle maintenance to include sweeping, washing, refueling.
  • Retrieve items from garage including medications, treatment sheets, microchip reader. Replace ice pack in cooler daily.

Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants. Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation, a portfolio of their work when applicable, and important networking contacts.


Who is eligible?

High school diploma or GED is required. For this internship, we are seeking vet tech or pre-Veterinary  students with animal and medical experience and have spent time working in an Animal Hospital. Applicants currently pursuing  a degree in any of the biological or life sciences may also apply. Applicants must submit an Internship Application, cover letter, and resume in order to be considered for a position. 


Required Availability:  
Must be able to commit to a 14 week internship. 
Must be able to commit to a schedule of 1-3 days per week (the same days each week). 
Schedule may be ten hour days (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 
Some nights and weekend shifts may be required. 


Additional Requirements:
If an internship offer is made, it is contingent on:
Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.
All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
Candidate will be responsible for the cost of the background check (typically $25, but certain jurisdictions may have additional fees).
Contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 6 months, Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years and COVID-19 vaccination. . Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as volunteers and interns are not covered by the Zoo workers’ compensation program).


Please Note

: Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.  This is an

unpaid internship.

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How to Apply

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

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