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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium


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.


  • 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


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

    • Randy
      Junge, MS, DVM, DiplACZM
    • Dawn Zimmerman, DVM
    • Priya
      Bapodra BVetMed (Hons) MSc MRCVS
    • Zoo

    Educational Resources

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


    This externship is for 4th year veterinary students

    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.



    Practice Information

    Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
    9990 Riverside Drive
    Powell, OH 43065

    Ph: 614-724-3654


    Updated: 08/04/15
    Signature on file: Randy Junge, DVM

    Powell, OH
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