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Veterinary Externship

Company: Metro Parks Tacoma
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Job Description:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is presently accepting applications from veterinary students who are interested in gaining more experience with zoo and aquatic animal medicine. Applications will be due 15 December 2019 for the July 2020-June 2021 cycle. Only students who will be completing their final year of veterinary education (at the time of the rotation) from an accredited veterinary college will be considered.PDZA is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. The 29-acre zoological park was established in 1905, and attracts about 700,000 visitors a year. It is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), which ensure rigorously high standards of animal welfare, veterinary care, conservation, education and more. The zoo presently houses > 375 species of animals and > 12,000 individual specimens ranging from marine mammals to invertebrates.The Zoo sits within 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. PDZA is operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, the oldest independent park district in Washington. For more information, visit www.pdza.orgPDZA's veterinary team includes a head veterinarian, associate veterinarian, and an intern veterinarian as well as two veterinary technicians and a hospital manager. Students can expect to obtain practical experience with zoo and aquatic species with regard to anesthesia, radiography, dentistry, practical examination, medical record entry, necropsy, behavior/training, and lab work evaluation.All students accepted for this position must provide proof of a TB test (administered within the last year) and proof of tetanus vaccination within the previous 5 years. All students are considered unpaid volunteers, and as such, the zoo does not provide medical coverage for on the job injuries or incidents. Students must be available for a minimum of 4 weeks to be considered for placement.Applications will be accepted until 15 December for the next cycle. Students can expect to hear about their application by the end of January.Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Cathleen McConnell at Cathleen.McConnell@pdza.org.

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