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Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo is pleased to offer 4 – 6 week externships available to
senior veterinary students. Located along the Space Coast in Melbourne,
Florida, the zoo is an AZA accredited facility with a diverse
collection of over 550 animals representing more than 135 species.
Brevard Zoo is well known for its strong conservation ethic and unique
attractions, such as onsite wetlands and Africa kayaking; a giraffe
feeding platform and rhinoceros encounters for guests; and regular use
of operant conditioning.
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educational goal is to provide the student with a broad base of
experiences pertaining to the zoo field, extending beyond the realm of
veterinary medicine. The extern will accompany the veterinarian and
veterinary technician and participate in daily activities (which may
include husbandry and maintenance work), procedures, and preventive
medicine. The extern will also assist with daily care, feeding,
cleaning, and observation of hospitalized and quarantine animals. Five
days of the externship will be spent shadowing keepers, one day for each
zoo area: Florida, South America, Africa, Australasia, and Paws On
(domestic, educational, and aquatic animals). There may be
opportunities to participate in operant conditioning of selected
species. The student will attend collection plan meetings, keeper
update meetings, full staff meetings, and informal rounds. The student
is also strongly encouraged to research one aspect of zoo medicine,
nutrition, or husbandry and prepare a 30 – 45 minute presentation for
the benefit of staff and future students. Externs also have the
opportunity to spend time at the Florida Wildlife Hospital in Melbourne
(20 minute drive), a state-of-the-art wildlife rehabilitation hospital,
where more experience with native species can be obtained.
8h/day, 5 days/wk
Brevard Zoo
8225 North Wickham Road

Melbourne, Florida 32940
(321) 254-9453
(321) 259-5966
Trevor T. Zachariah, DVM, MS
Updated: 2/18/11
Melbourne, FL
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