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White Oak Conservation Center

Captive Wildlife and Zoological Medicine
program serves as a means of instructing veterinary students about
zoological medicine and surgery in a hands-on setting. Students are
under the direct supervision of Scott Citino, D.V.M., Dipl. ACZM, our
staff veterinarian, working with one or more resident veterinarians and a
staff of veterinary technicians. Students are considered for this
program after completion of their third year of veterinary school. The
length of the program can be a minimum of four weeks and maximum of
eight weeks.

Our collection consists of more than 30 species of endangered
ungulates, large carnivores, birds, and reptiles, and our programs
concentrate on captive breeding of endangered wildlife, in situ
conservation, and medical and behavioral research. Our staff consists
of a staff veterinarian, a third year resident in zoo/wildlife medicine
from University of Florida, a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology, two full
time veterinary technicians, and one technician intern. We have a
modern, well-equipped medical and surgical facility that includes
digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopic, and laparoscopic equipment
and a fully equipped clinical pathology laboratory. We have strong ties
with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, and
students frequently get opportunities to work with specialists from the
veterinary colleges on many of our cases.

Topics covered during the program include; capture, restraint, and
anesthesiology, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, exhibit design,
environmental enrichment, nutritional concerns, medical records using
MedARKS, disease control and conservation issues related to zoos and
conservation centers. Student will participate in clinical diagnostic
evaluations such as hematology, cytology, fecal parasitology,
radiography, ultrasound, and endoscopy and will also participate in
necropsy examinations. In the event of a medical
situation that requires 24-hour observation, students may be asked
to cover the late night or early morning watches while living on

Students will spend time assisting veterinary technicians, animal
keepers and administrative staff to learn the importance of other
technical and professional staff members in the operation of the
facility. Each student will identify a topic of interest applicable to
the White Oak collection to be covered in a short-term project and give a
brief presentation to conservation center staff on this topic at the
end of the program. Housing is provided for students on property, but
food is the responsibility of the student. Students should have proof of
a negative TB test within four months prior to starting the program and
a tetanus toxoid booster within the past ten years. Students must also
have their own personal medical insurance policy.

Veterinarian, 3rd year resident in zoological medicine from University
of Florida's residency in zoological medicine, two veterinary
technicians, reproductive physiology staff
A well stocked library of books and journals, etc.
The student will be involved in all aspects of the veterinary program at White Oak Conservation Center - see description above.
5 days a week with a minimum of 8 hours per day.
White Oak Conservation Center
581705 White Oak Road

Yulee, Florida 32097
Scott B. Citino, D.V.M., Dipl. ACZM
Updated: 02/07/12
Yulee, FL
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