Veterinary Internship

In 2019, the Wildlife Center will be offering a one year-long veterinary internship and a six-month veterinary internship for graduate veterinarians seeking further experience in conservation and wildlife medicine.

Each intern will be supervised by the Hospital Director, a veterinary fellow, two licensed veterinary technicians, and two wildlife rehabilitators. Each intern will be involved in all aspects of wildlife medicine including physical exams, diagnostic sample collection, radiography, anesthesia, surgery, medical treatment, necropsy, husbandry, record maintenance, telephone consultations, on-call emergencies, and presentations at rounds. Each intern will also supervise senior veterinary students from various schools, volunteers, and the veterinary technician intern.

Conference presentation and writing for publication are strongly encouraged. Opportunities exist to be involved in ongoing conservation medicine research projects as well as interaction with local or allied institutions (National Zoo, National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine).

The Veterinary interns have primary case responsibilities, primary surgery responsibilities, and participates in clinical and topical didactic rounds. The interns have access to state-of-the-art veterinary equipment, a veterinary library, and online journal access. The interns share on-call duties with a veterinary fellow, and off-clinics time is provided. Candidates must have a strong interest in wildlife medicine and must have well-developed interpersonal and clinical skills. Experience in wildlife medicine is desirable, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with clinical experience. A Virginia veterinary license and a Cat 4 rehabilitation permit will be required.

The year-long veterinary internship position will be available through the AAVC Matching Program, and the deadline for applications will be announced on the AAVC website. Typically the application deadline is early December.

The six-month veterinary internship will start March 4, 2019. The selecting process for this position is not part of the AAVC Matching Program. All applications must be received by November 18th, 2018. Selected candidates will be interviewed before December 22nd, 2018, with final selection made before January 10th, 2019. The internship will run from March 04, 2019 until September 06, 2019.

Applicants must submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Three reference letters
  • Official veterinary school academic transcript (in English)

Questions regarding the internship should be submitted to:

Dr. Ernesto Dominguez
Hospital Director
Wildlife Center of Virginia
PO Box 1557 Waynesboro, VA 22980