In 2017, the Wildlife Center will be offering one year-long veterinary internship for graduate veterinarians seeking further experience in conservation and wildlife medicine. This intern is supervised by an ACVPM boarded veterinarian, a veterinary resident (ACVPM) and works with 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 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).
The Veterinary intern has primary case responsibilities, primary surgery responsibilities, and participates in clinical and topical didactic rounds. The intern has access to state-of-the-art veterinary equipment, a veterinary library, and online journal access. The intern shares on-call duties with a veterinary resident 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.
The 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.
Questions regarding the internship should be submitted to:
Dr. Dave McRuer
Director of Veterinary Services
Wildlife Center of Virginia
PO Box 1557
Waynesboro, VA 22980