Toledo Zoo


We offer 4-8 week externships to fourth year veterinary students. Complete immersion in zoological medicine (medical, surgical, dental, preventative medicine care of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish; post-mortem exams, nutrition, exhibit design). The facility includes the following equipment; X-ray machines, endoscopes, ultrasound, dental machine, microscopes, electro-surgery, do all avian/reptile hematology in-house. Emergencies are usually limited to business hours but days can be long.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

Dr. Christopher Hanley is a boarded Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an exotics internship at the University of Georgia and zoological medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Zoo, and International Crane Foundation.

Educational Resources

  • Full library of zoological medicine books and journals.
  • Vet rounds with animal departments.


Students are expected to be active participants in the department and will be expected to complete a project or report during their time.

Student Supervision

Work day is generally 9-10 hours and there is a vet on site or available every day. Directed time with vet is generally between 4-7 hours a day, but depends on the caseload.



Practice Information

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway Ave
Toledo, OH43609

Ph: 419-385-5721
Fax: 419-385-6924

email: chris [dot] hanley [at] toledozoo [dot] org

Updated: 7/14/09
Signature on file: Christopher Hanley, DVM, Dipl ACZM