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Detroit Zoological Society

Detroit Zoological Society offers externship training for veterinary
students in the clinical phase of their education. The purpose of our
externship program is to provide veterinary students with a unique
opportunity to work in a zoological setting with a wide variety of
species. Our program is geared toward students interested in pursuing a
career in zoo medicine and provides an opportunity to gain experience
that will make them more qualified for advanced training programs.
will shadow veterinarians and veterinary technicians as we perform our
daily duties. A student's individual experience will vary depending on
the medical needs of the collection during his/her externship, but most
students will experience work with carnivores, hoofstock species,
primates, marine mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. They will
take part in the discussion of cases and development of treatment plans.
They will assist with medical and surgical care, anesthesia,
necropsies and other duties as warranted. Students with areas of
special interest will be allowed an opportunity to pursue these if
Detroit Zoological Society has a state-of-the-art veterinary facility,
completed in the summer of 2004. We have three veterinarians and three
licensed veterinary technicians, and we manage the health care and
nutrition of a large and varied collection of animal species. We use
the MedARKS computerized medical record keeping program. We also
partner with board certified veterinary specialists in a variety of
disciplines on a case-by-case basis.
have an extensive library of textbooks and journals. All of our
veterinarians are active on the International Zoo Vets Forum and will
allow students to access this database. The student will attend
clinical rounds each weekday morning with the veterinary staff.
  • Externs
    will assist with all clinical activities under the supervision of the
    veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
  • Students will assist with
    treatments, feedings, clinical rounds, performing laboratory work and
  • Students will enter clinical information
    into the computer regarding some ongoing cases.
  • The extern is
    responsible for performing most of the necropsy exams during his/her
  • The extern will be required to write necropsy reports.
  • Students will be given tasks related to current cases, including
    textbook and literature research and development of treatment and
    anesthesia plans which will be reviewed and discussed with the
    veterinarian on the case.
  • We require students to complete a project during their externship.
    The project will be on a topic that is mutually agreed upon by the
    student and the veterinarians.
will work very closely with veterinarians and will have direct access
to veterinarians at all times when they are on zoo grounds. This is
generally 9 hours per day, 5 days per week. Students may choose to work
extra hours on weekends under direct veterinary supervision if desired.
No housing or stipend is available.
Detroit Zoological Society
8450 W. 10 Mile Road

Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717
(248) 398-0939
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Sarah J. Woodhouse, DVM
Updated: 02/01/12
Royal Oak, MI
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