Wilds is situated on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface-mined
land in southeastern Ohio. We are a nonprofit organization whose mission
is to support conservation through innovative education, breeding and
research programs that emphasize the protection and intensive management
of our wildlife resources.
competitive basis to senior veterinary students within the United States
as well as internationally.
Seven–Eight 4-week rotations are available
from March to mid-December of each year. The program is only open to
fourth year veterinary students. Applicants should demonstrate a genuine
desire to continue their professional career in the zoo or wildlife
veterinary field and will be required to spend a four week period with
the Conservation Medicine Department at the Wilds. The preceptorship
program is designed to provide veterinary students with exposure to the
fields of wildlife, exotic animal, and conservation medicine. This
experience will help students to make further career and educational
Department of Conservation Medicine and the Department of Animal
Management. Facilities include 2 separate veterinary hospitals with
laboratory, surgery treatment, necropsy, and research laboratory areas.
Hoofstock and mid-size carnivore handling facilities are also present.
• Dr. Don Neiffer, Director Of Conservation Medicine; Masters’
Student in MHS-One Health program administered through University of
Florida, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Diplomate of the American
College of Zoological Medicine
• Dr. Julie Ter Beest, Veterinary Resident (ACZM accredited residency); Masters’ degree in wildlife
• Dr. Barbara Wolfe, Chief Science Officer at the Wilds and The
Columbus Zoo, Preventative Medicine/ One Health Faculty at OSU; PhD in
reproductive physiology, Diplomate of the American College of Zoological
• journals and reprints
are encouraged to become actively involved in procedures ranging from
basic animal management to field immobilization procedures and
associated laboratory techniques. The preceptor will assist in the daily
management of all animals, including the evaluation and treatment of
any clinical cases. This participation involves assisting with chemical
and physical restraint procedures, becoming familiar with drug usage and
dosages, maintaining records (both written and MedArks), becoming
familiar with equipment and drug delivery systems, and performing
post-mortem examinations. Students develop proficiency in current
in-house laboratory procedures such as parasite diagnostic techniques
and are expected to assist with various routine duties such as the
upkeep of instruments, equipment, and the clinic area.
technical and research literature, and for using available resources to
research relevant topics. A short oral PowerPoint presentation (topic
and/or research project to be decided by end of first week) is required
prior to completion of the preceptorship. Participation in current
research projects is possible; independent projects will be considered
on a case by case basis.
to the submission of a formal application. The Wilds has a remote
location and is approximately 20 miles from Zanesville, the nearest
city. As a non-profit organization, the Wilds is presently unable to
offer a stipend or other expenses for visiting students. Students chosen
for this program must also provide proof of medical insurance.
Evaluations will be sent to students and/or institutions at the
request of the student following completion of the program. Preceptors
are required to complete an evaluation of their experience at the Wilds
so that we may continue to improve our program for future students.
Students should submit an application packet containing the
following: curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, an essay of
300 words or less stating their reasons why they wish to participate in
the program, preferred time period they wish to attend the program and a
letter endorsed by the Dean’s office of their veterinary school stating
that the student has at least a 3.0 grade point average and will have
at least 2 months of clinical experience prior to beginning the program.
The application deadline is November 15th of each year (Applications
should not be submitted before start of third year).Please include
appropriate contact information so that we may easily reach you.
- Students must provide their own health and driving insurance.
- Students are responsible for all expenses.
- Students will need to show proof of negative TB test, Hepatitis B
vaccination, and current protective rabies titer or proof of recent
should be prepared to work between 45 and 60 hours per week. This
generally will include weekend duties; however night duties will be
limited to the occasional emergency. All work is supervised.