Brevard Zoo

The 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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Our 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
Possibly
Brevard Zoo
8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, Florida 32940
(321) 254-9453
(321) 259-5966
tzachariah [at] brevardzoo [dot] org
Trevor T. Zachariah, DVM, MS
Updated: 2/18/11