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Oregon Zoo Veterinary Externship

Oregon Zoo Veterinary Externship is open to fourth year veterinary students interested in pursuing careers in zoo or wildlife medicine. The summer externships are designed to give students critical hands-on experience with captive zoo animals.

Summer veterinary externships are 4-6 weeks in duration and are competitive; students wishing to apply must submit their applications by November 1 of the previous year in which they want to work as an intern. Externs will work closely with veterinarians on both clinical and non-clinical aspects of their jobs.

Externs will work on a variety of clinical duties, including medical cases, anesthesia and examination of animals, performing routine clinical laboratory examination of deceased animals, blood, serum, fecal , and cytological samples, and researching diagnoses and treatments.

To apply, eligible students need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), letter of reference, documentation of vaccine and TB status, and the Oregon Zoo Veterinary Externship Application form. All materials need to be submitted to Mitch Finnegan, DVM via email at

The Oregon Zoo, formerly the Washington Park Zoo, is located in Portland, the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon. It first opened in 1888 and is Oregon's largest paid and most popular attraction, with more than 1.6 million visitors in 2011.


The location is usually in OREGON.

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