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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


To provide a formal, structured preceptorship program for veterinary college students who have completed their third year of training. Professional veterinary students who have demonstrated interest and ability in zoo and wildlife medicine may apply. Preceptorships are offered on a periodic basis from four to eight weeks to expose the student to areas of zoological medicine more appropriately taught outside the veterinary college: clinical medicine and surgery, gross pathology, preventive medicine in a large, diverse zoological park. >Preceptorships are offered with veterinary college approval on a competitive basis.

NOTE: Application Material Requirements – student must provide a letter of intent, a current resume, and the name and phone number of a faculty member involved with teaching zoo/wildlife medicine at their veterinary college and one or more letters of reference.

Program Completion Requirements – before a satisfactory completion letter will be forwarded to the veterinary college the following must be completed:

  1. Case reports or review papers on approved topics will be submitted at predetermined dates to the Zoo veterinarian for evaluation, prepared as if for submission to the JZWM.
  2. A daily clinical log will be kept and submitted for review to the Zoo veterinarian at the end of each week.

The zoo hospital is a full service facility with laboratory, radiology, surgery, necropsy, etc. facilities. The medical records are maintained on computer as well as paper copy. We are among the top 10% of MedARKS user institutions in North America. The Zoo itself is the largest in Ohio with active participation in 38 species survival plans and over 600 species and 3000 specimens.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Albert H. Lewandowski; DVM, MS, Zoo Animal Medicine Resident, AVMA, AAZV, American Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums, OVMA
  • Christopher J. Bonar; VMD, intern at Pittsburgh Aquazoo, American Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums, Wildlife Disease Association, AAZV, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine

Educational Resources

  • Zoological Park Library contains over 20,000 volumes
  • all current periodicals
  • The Veterinary Services Satellite Library contains 500 books for immediate reference
  • grand rounds weekly
  • full walking rounds weekly


Student is expected to be active participant in all activities under the direct supervision of either the technical staff or one of the veterinarians. The student will assist in and observe the preventative medicine, parasitology, quarantine, vaccination and nutrition programs, provide periparturient and neonatal care when directed as necessary, assist in and observe the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease, assess the status of sick or convalescent animals as a student, provide input as requested, and exercise judgment in animal care, provide assistance in research programs, assist in maintaining medical records, animal diets, pathology logs and files, issue reports, and research and provide other health related information as directed, perform related duties as apparent or assigned, and assist in performing the routine laboratory, pharmacy, and ancillary tasks of the Veterinary Services Division. The student can expect to see 30 – 50 active cases per week.

Student Supervision

The student will have access to the veterinarian 4 – 6 hrs per day. Student is directly supervised either by veterinary staff or by veterinarians at all times.


Limited housing available at remote site. Transportation is necessary.

Practice Information

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
4200 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

Ph: (216) 661-6500 Ext. 2525
Fx: (216) 635-3318


Updated: 4/15/08
Signature on file: Dr. Albert H. Lewandowski


The Zoological Parks maintain their own Liability Insurance.

Cleveland, OH
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