Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

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Description

During the externship, students will participate in all aspects of the veterinary department's activities, including routine, emergency, and preventative health care of the animal collection, maintaining health records, assisting the veterinary technicians with routine tests, and assisting in the care of hospitalized animals. Subjects:

  • Husbandry: diet, nutrition, enclosures, safety concerns, behavioral/enrichment
  • Preventative medicine: vaccine protocols, dewormers, quarantine, isolation
  • Medical techniques and procedures: PE, anesthesia, drug delivery systems, treatment options, diagnostics, necropsy, reproduction
  • Rounds/cases: chronic cases, herd health
  • Ethics: captive populations, conservation, restoration, treatments

Details

Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Randy Junge, MS, DVM, DiplACZM
  • Michael T. Barrie, DVM
  • Priya Bapodra BVetMed (Hons) MSc MRCVS
  • Zoo Resident

Educational Resources

  • Zoo hospital library, including wide variety of journals, books and computerized data

Responsibilities

This externship is for 4th year veterinary students

The student will participate in all aspects of daily operations at the animal health center, including daily medical rounds, implementation of preventative medicine programs, assist with daily animal treatments, the student may be responsible for the daily entry of animal medical records using ZIMS computer software, assist with immobilization and anesthesia monitoring of zoo animals, and the student will be expected to work on an independent study project while the hospital staff is engaged in administrative activities. The student will present the project during the final week of the program.

Student Supervision

Students are supervised directly by the veterinary staff for 8 hours daily during the externship, and for 5 to 7 days per week.

Housing

No

Practice Information

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
9990 Riverside Drive
Powell, OH 43065

Ph: 614-724-3414

Email: michael [dot] barrie [at] columbuszoo [dot] org
Web: www.colszoo.org

Updated: 05/13/14
Signature on file: Michael T. Barrie, DVM