Wildlife Elective

If you are interested, during your 4th year off-site elective experience, we provide a list of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's previously approved locations.

If you choose not to work at any of the pre-approved sites, please find your own elective location and submit a request for approval through The College of Veterinary Medicine.

Columbus, OH

Description Assist and support the patients and clients of a small animal, avian and exotic practice with close association with wildlife rehabilitation and recovery organization. (The Ohio Wildlife Center).  Our facility is open 7 days a week, and for a wide range of species we offer a full in-house laboratory, digital radiology (including digital dental), routine and some orthopedic surgery, advanced dental procedures/techniques, surgical laser, physical therapy laser and ultrasound. 

Melbourne, FL

Description Experience: The Brevard Zoo is pleased to offer 4 – 6 week externships available to senior veterinary students.

Santa Cruz, CA

Type of Experience:  Wildlife Practice Name:          Description Experience:   The CDFW - OSPR - Marine Wildlife  Veterinary Care and Research Center (MWVCRC) was constructed in 1997 as the primary care facility for sea otters affected by oil spills or other marine pollution events. In addition to  maintaining the facility and protocols for oil spill response, MWVCRC staff and collaborators

Sanibel, FL

Type of Experience: clinical wildlife medicine and surgery Descriptio

Orlando, FL

Type of Experience:  Zoo and Wildlife ** special permission must be arranged with Disney.   Practice Name:   Disney's Animal Kingdom       Description Experience:  

Glen Rose, TX

Type of Experience: Zoological/Wildlife Medicine Description Experien

Jekyll Island, GA

Type of Experience: Sea turtle and other turtle rehab, zoological medicine, wildlife rehab, health related research exposue

Houston, TX

Type of Experience: Shelter medicine, animal cruelty investigations, wildlife

Caldwell, ID

Type of Experience: Wildlife veterinary practice.

South Africa

Description Experience: Anaesthesia, preventative medicine, surgery of zoo animals. Rigid and flexible endoscopy, radiography and ultrasound examination of zoo animals. Post mortem examination of zoo species. Conservation programs.

Walnut Creek, CA

Description The Lindsay Wildlife Museum has excellent veterinary medical facilities. The medical records for the wildlife hospital are computerized. Paper and computer charts are maintained for the animals of the Live Collection and Pet Education. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is highly regarded in the captive animal field because of the extraordinary enrichment that is provided for our captive wild animals. Such an experience will be valuable for any veterinarians wishing to work with exotic species.

College Station, TX

Type of Experience: MARVET (Marine Veterinary Medicine) Mexico offers veterinary students and veterinarians a ten-day lecture and hands-on workshop, with primary focus on the biology, pathology, clinical care and conservation medicine of dolphins, manatees, pinnipeds and sea turtle

Fort Collins, CO

Type of Experience: Wildlife Disease Research Description Experience:

Columbus, OH

Description Assist and support the patients and clients of a small animal, avian and exotic wildlife veterinary practice. Our facility includes a full laboratory in house, radiology, surgery, ultrasound, surgical laser, endoscopy (flexible and rigid), full hospitalization capacity including intensive 24 hour care and emergency service, and full access to Ohio Wildlife Center.

Corvallis, OR

Description Field-based wildlife veterinary externship Clinical and pathological workups with state wildlife veterinarians Marine mammal, terrestrial and avian wildlfie species Fish pathology lab Sea lion capture and anesthesia for radio telemetry placement Morbidity and mortality workup from field to diagnostic lab Population and reproductive studies Fish hatchery health assessments and treatments Details Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available C

Lynnwood, WA

Type of Experience: The veterinary student extern will work closely with the staff veterinarians, veterinary technician and the animal care staff.

St. Paul, MN

Type of Experience: Raptor medicine/surgery

Jackson, NJ

Description During the externship (2-6 weeks), students will participate in all aspects of the veterinary department's activities, including routine, emergency, and preventative health care of the animal collection, maintaining health records, assisting the veterinary technicians with routine tests, and assisting in the care of hospitalized animals. Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari Park is a 4.5 mile drive-through safari that is home to over 1200 animals representing over 55 species including many hoofstock, carnivores, reptiles, and marine mammals.

Morogoro, Tanzania

Type of Experience: Academic Institution Description Experience:

Athens, GA

Type of Experience: Externship at SCWDS, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, which is a diagnostic laboratory and research facility, a unit within the Population Health Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA

Mosman NSW Australia

Description Taronga Zoo is one of two zoos managed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia (TCSA), the other being Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Taronga Zoo has a large collection of both native and exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Zoo has a well established veterinary hospital and quarantine centre (Taronga Wildlife Hospital) which is responsible for the health and welfare of the Zoo's animal collection. There is a strong emphasis on preventative medicine.

Corpus Christi, TX

Type of Experience: Aquatic Medicine, Avian Medicine, Exotic, Wildlife, and Zoo Animal Medicine Practice Name: Texas State Aquarium Description Experience: Clinical experience in aquarium/zoo facility and wildlife rehabilitation facility primarily dealing with raptors and shorebirds. Externs observe and assist in public facility and may have opportunity to practice case management in wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Cumberland, OH

Type of Experience: Veterinary Preceptorship at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio.

Scarborough, ON Canada

Type of Experience: Zoological/Wildlife Medicine Description Experience:

Troy, OH

Type of Experience: Veterinary general practice including wildlife, birds, and exotics

North Grafton, MA

Type of Experience: Clinical externship in wildlife medicine Descript

Cross, SC

Type of Experience: Husbandry & breeding of some of the world's most critically endangered turtles.

Kampala, Uganda

Type of Experience: Conservation & Wildlife Medicine (East African Large Predator & Prey Animal Health Monitoring & Interventions; Rescue; Restoration; Livestock-Wildlife-Interface Disease Monitoring; One Health [Echinococcus-Research]); Field-Lab Diagnostics; Community

Gainesville, FL

Type of Experience: Avian, Exotic, Wildlife, and Zoo Animal Medicine Practice Name: University of Florida - Zoological Medicine 

Urbana, IL

Type of Experience: U of I Wildlife and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotation (WEAMS): Clinical Zoological Medicine including exotic pet medicine, wildlife medicine, zoo medicine

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Type of Experience: Wildlife veterinary medicine in a research setting. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is the largest wildlife research institution in the US.

Tucson, AZ

Type of Experience: Small Animal; Avian, Exotic, Wildlife, and Zoo Animal Medicine Practice Name: Valley Animal Hospital

Skukuza, Mpumalanga South Africa

Description Working with African wildlife under free-ranging extensive conditions, includes game capture, translocation and holding, research projects, disease investigation and monitoring, and clinical treatment of injured animals.

Yulee, FL

Type of Experience: Captive Wildlife and Zoological Medicine Descript

Waynesboro, VA

Description The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a non-profit hospital for native wildlife located in Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley . Over 2500 injured and orphaned wild mammals, birds and reptiles are treated yearly at the Center. The 5700 square foot state of the art hospital is fully equipped with gas anesthesia, endoscopy, radiographic equipment, laboratory facilities, inside and outside holding areas, and flight cages.

Bronx, NY

Type of Experience: A clinical externship in zoological and wildlife medicine and surgery.

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust BOX 2140

Type of Experience:   Launched primarily to help wild animals in distress, the service will support the welfare of individual animals as well as the conservation of flagship species such as elephant and rhino. (See Description of Experience below for more details)  Practice Name:  Wildlife Emergency Response Unit        Description Experience:  

Roseville MN

Description Experience: 40-45 hours weekly in treatment room peforming physical exams on new admits, diagnosing problems, prescribing treatments, physical therapy, surgery, phlebotomy, fluids & drug administration, ward care, splinting & bandaging

Madison, WI

Type of Experience: laboratory animal medicine Description Experience