The Wildlife Center offers a year-long veterinary internship for graduate veterinarians seeking further experience in conservation and wildlife medicine. The intern is supervised by an ACVPM boarded veterinarian and assisted by one staff veterinarian (fellow), two veterinary technicians (one LVT and one diagnostic intern), wildlife rehabilitation staff, and numerous volunteers. The intern is involved in all aspects of wildlife medicine, including physical exams, diagnostic sample collection, radiography, anesthesia, surgery, medical treatment, necropsy, husbandry, record maintenance, telephone consultations, and presentations at rounds. The intern also supervises senior veterinary students from veterinary schools around the world. Conference presentations and writing for publication are encouraged. Opportunities exist to be involved in ongoing conservation medicine research projects as well as interaction with local or allied institutions (National Zoo, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Mexico).
Candidates must have a strong interest in wildlife medicine, and must have well-developed interpersonal and clinical skills. Experience in wildlife medicine is desirable, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with clinical experience.
Application for the Veterinary Internship is through the AAVC Matching Program, and the deadline for applications will be announced on the AAVC website. Typically the application deadline is early December. Questions regarding the program should be directed to the director of veterinary medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org.