In 2016, the Wildlife Center will be offering two, year-long veterinary internships for graduate veterinarians seeking further experience in conservation and wildlife medicine. These interns are supervised by an ACVPM boarded veterinarian, and work with two veterinary technicians (one LVT and one diagnostic intern), wildlife rehabilitation staff, and numerous volunteers. The interns are 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 interns also supervise senior veterinary students from veterinary schools around the world. Conference presentations and writing for publication are strongly encouraged and supported financially. 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, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine).
Veterinary interns have primary case responsibilities, primary surgery responsibilities, and participate in clinical and topical didactic rounds. The interns have access to state-of-the-art veterinary equipment, a veterinary library, and online journal access. Interns share on-call duties and off-clinics time is provided.
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.
One Veterinary Internship position will be available through the AAVC Matching Program, and the deadline for applications will be announced on the AAVC website. Typically the application deadline is early December. The second internship will be advertised on the Wildlife Center of Virginia's website.
Application Procedure for non-AAVC internship:
Interested candidates should submit the following (hardcopy by mail or by email):
Three letters of reference
Cover letter explaining career goals and motivations
Official veterinary school academic transcript
Important dates for non-AAVC internship: All application material must be received by December 1, 2015. Follow-up phone and in-person interviews may be required for selected candidates. Final candidate selection will be made before January 18th, 2016.
Questions and applications should be submitted to:
Dr. Dave McRuer
Director of Veterinary Services
Wildlife Center of Virginia
PO Box 1557
Waynesboro, VA 22980