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Busch Gardens Africa


Wide range of clinical opportunities ranging from anesthesia of numerous species, diagnostics and therapy of health issues, progressive preventative medicine plan. Students will also interface with animal staff and managers, pathologist, nutritionist and medical consultants. Busch Gardens operates a comprehensive care facility on site and extensive has resources in the Tampa area.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Mike Burton, VMD - 30 yr zoological practice
  • Nancy Stedman, DVM, PhD, DACVP
  • Troy Tolfeson, PhD, Nutritionist

Educational Resources

  • Veterinary and natural history library
  • Daily Clinical rounds
  • Weekly Veterinary Meeting
  • Weekly Animal Care Rounds
  • Regular rounds in the animal areas


Students will be integreted into the clinical practice immediately. Cases will be assigned and supervised by the clinical veterinarians. A Grand Round type of case report will be expected to be presented to the general Zoo staff at the end of the rotation. Corporate standards of dress and conduct wil be expected at all times while working at Busch Gardens.

Student Supervision

Students will be expected to work at least 5 days per week. Typical days start at 6:30 a.m. with the goal to finish up by about 5:00 p.m. The clinic has a vet on grounds every day. Students will be able to communicate directly with vets at all times and will have phone access in off hours.


Case by case basis

Practice Information

Busch Gardens Africa
3605 Bougainville Ave.
Tampa FL 33612

Ph: 813-987-5562
Fax: 813-987-5548


Updated: 03/31/10
Signature On File: Dr. Ray L. Ball

Tampa FL
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