9:30AM - 5:30PM

(last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM)

Veterinary Externship

Program information

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program): Large, diverse collection affords clinical experience with multiple species in a semi-free-ranging setting on ~350 acres. Student will be involved with non-domestic hoofstock field immobilization preparation/participation/research. Large chimpanzee collection, rhinos, lions, and giraffe also highlight the mammal collection. Psittacines, ratites, tortoises, and other bird and reptile species provide opportunities for additional exotic animal experience.

Research: Student is expected to complete a project on a topic of his/her choice. Case-based research is also encouraged.

Allied Institutions: Other large zoos are 30min to 2 hours away. Externship is full-time on-site at LCS.

Responsibilities: Student is involved in all aspects of this zoological park’s veterinary program. Daily assignments include patient care, treatments/cleaning, keeper communications, hospital and equipment upkeep, field procedure preparation and breakdown, assistance with medical records, diagnostic techniques, radiology, necropsy, etc.

Duration: 4- 8 weeks

Application Information

Application Requests: A completed application form, Curriculum vitae, letter of intent, one letter of reference, the names of 2 people who can be contacted for a reference, 2-3 choices for time slot. An application form can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator listed below.

Application Deadline: Students are selected on a first come, first served basis.

Class Standing: Fourth year veterinary students preferred, DVM graduates also accepted.

Compensation: Minimum Wage.

Housing: Arranged by student.

Transportation: Arranged by student.

Insurance: Workman’s compensation. Must have valid driver’s license.

Expenses: None anticipated.

TB test/ Vaccinations: Current TB test (within 6 months) and Rabies titer, current tetanus vaccination recommended.

Does the program accept international applicants: not at this time.

Misc: DFWP/EOE, successful applicant must pass a drug test.


Program Contact

Elizabeth Hammond, DVM, DACZM

Senior Veterinarian

W: (561) 793-1084 x 2320