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Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium


This preceptorship offers exposure to clinical zoo and aquarium veterinary practice at a large metropolitan zoo with extensive avian, reptilian, and ungulate collections. The student will work closely with the veterinary staff (includes 3 veterinarians, 4 veterinary technicians) and keeper staff, and will receive an introduction to husbandry, restraint/immobilization, basic medical procedure techniques, and necropsies of exotic animals, the unique aspects of veterinary management of animals in a zoo setting, and MedARKS. An onsite library will allow familiarity with zoo and exotic animal medical literature. The student will be responsible for local transportation, housing, and food.


  • Time commitment of 4-8 weeks (5 days/week, 8-10 hours/day)
  • Fourth year veterinary student (or in final year of non-U.S. veterinary program)
  • Completion of 4 weeks of clinical medicine or surgery rotation before start of preceptorship
  • Negative tuberculin skin test within 60 days of start of preceptorship
  • Current tetanus vaccination
  • Personal health insurance


Please send/email the following:

  • Letter of Intent, including specific dates available and requested
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • Name of Zoo/Exotic Animal advisor at your college


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Timothy Storms, DVM
  • Thomas Alvarado, DVM
  • Janis Raines, DVM

Educational Resources

  • onsite library
  • computer access


Responsibilities will be assigned based on the student's areas of interest and experience level. The student will complete a project and present results to the veterinary staff, and organize a journal club discussion

Student Supervision

Monday-Friday, 7:30-4:00, with veterinarians



Practice Information

Address application to:

Dr. Tim Storms, Associate Veterinarian
Attention: Veterinary Preceptorship
Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203-2996

Ph: 214-670-7474
Fx: 214-670-7409

Email: or

Updated: 7/22/09
Signature on file: Timothy Storms, DVM

Dallas, TX
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