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The Philadelphia Zoo's Department of Animal Health staff includes three full time clinical veterinarians and three full time animal health technicians. The Philadelphia Zoo also boasts a full time nutrition department within the Department of Animal Services.
Veterinary externs will assist the staff of the Department of Animal Health in providing a comprehensive health care program for the Philadelphia Zoo's animal collection. The Philadelphia Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization and America's first zoo. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
The 42-acre Victorian garden currently is home to more than 1300 animals of 308 species, of which 17% are amphibians, 25% reptiles, 20% birds, and 38% mammals. Included among these are 7 amphibian, 59 reptilian, 38 avian, and 58 mammalian species of conservation concern. The Zoo is also a major educational and recreational attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors annually.
The student will participate in all activities of the Department of Animal Health, including clinical case work, animal care (as needed), and clinical record keeping. The student will participate in necropsy examinations of both resident and wild or feral animals found on Zoo grounds. The student will attend meetings as appropriate.
The student is expected to participate in Animal Department activities 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) 8am - 5pm and is offered the opportunity, as it arises, to participate in weekend and/or "afterhours" procedures. At least one veterinarian is present at the Zoo every day.
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 215- 243-021
Email: hinshaw [dot] keith [at] phillyzoo [dot] org
Signature on file: Keith C. Hinshaw, DVM