National Aviary

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Veterinary externship focusing on all aspects of avian medicine in a zoological setting.
This experience is geared toward veterinary students with an interest in avian, wildlife, or zoo medicine. The Extern will shadow two veterinarians and learn the typical routine at the National Aviary Hospital. Common procedures on a daily basis may include bandage changes and wound care, general grooming, survey radiographs, blood draws, fecal examinations, and various treatments. The extern is encouraged to complete a special project during their rotation - from researching new drugs to writing up a case report. Daily rounds will be held focusing on a subject of avian medicine relevant to the days' activities.
  • Dr. Pilar Fish, DVM (Director of Veterinary Medicine) - Post-graduating from the University of Florida with her DVM, Dr. Fish completed a small animal internship at the University of Prince Edward Island followed by an exotic, wildlife and zoo animal internship at Kansas State University. Finally, she successfully completed the Zoo Medicine Residency at Oklahoma State University.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Saint-Onge, DVM (Associate Veterinarian) - After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Saint-Onge completed an avian, exotic and wildlife internship at the South Wilton Veterinary Group in Connecticut.
  • Various avian and zoo medicine textbooks
  • The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
  • The Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
  • The Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine
  • Daily rounds with Veterinarian
  • Assist technicians with morning and evening treatments
  • Assist with daily procedures
  • Assist with medical record documentation
  • Independent study of cases
Student will have access to veterinarians 9 hours per day, 7 days per week,
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National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 258-9452
(412) 246-0490
sarah [dot] shannon [at] aviary [dot] org
Dr. Pilar Fish
Posted: 06/13/2013