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Wildlife Conservation Society

A clinical externship in zoological and wildlife medicine and surgery.
Experience (to be gained during program): General zoo animals, avian,
reptile, marine mammals, native wildlife. The Bronx Zoo and allied
institutions have a large and extremely diverse collection of animals.
The student’s experience will depend upon the cases attended to during
the time of the externship, and procedures undertaken in that period.
Nevertheless, animals representing every class are attended to on a
daily basis. The student may be involved in as many as 10-15 cases on
busy days. Case rounds are held daily for hospitalized cases and
animals to be attended to that day. General pathology rounds are also
included in these daily case rounds. In addition, morbidity and
mortality rounds are held once weekly, and histopathology rounds are
held on selected cases.
Full service hospital offering complete medical, surgical and diagnostic capabilities in a wildlife hospital setting.
Online literature review, Medical records program using Medarks,
to current clinical projects. A case presentation (active case or
retrospective study, 30-60 minutes duration, involving PowerPoint or
similar media) and a refereed journal article review/critique are

Allied Institutions: Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium.

Responsibilities: The extern will assist the staff veterinarians
directly with all facets of zoo animal practice: attend daily medical
rounds, contribute to medical records using Medarks, assist in
anesthesia and anesthetic monitoring, assist in diagnostic imaging
(radiology, ultrasonography, and endoscopy) and interpretation, directly
assist in and/or observe surgeries (field and hospital), contribute to
preventative medicine (vaccinations, medical treatments, visual and
physical examination, etc.), and will be expected to perform literature
searches/reviews as necessary to have an appropriate depth of knowledge
and understanding of each animal or group of animals considered.
Supervised hands-on experience may be limited depending upon extern
knowledge and competency. The extern will ultimately have primary case
responsibility for native wildlife cases that present to the Wildlife
Health Center, including daily upkeep of medical records (using the SOAP
convention), medical treatments, surgeries (if necessary), and other
diagnostics. The extern will present these cases during rounds, and
will be overseen by staff veterinarians who will provide recommendations
and critical review.
student will work eight hours a day, 5 days a week. The student will
have direct and free access to veterinarians, veterinary residents,
technicians and pathologists.
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY l0460-l099
(718) 220-7100/7104
(718) 220-7126
Robert A. Moore, PE, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Updated: 03/29/11
Bronx, NY
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