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    • 2014-15 Student Chapters & Contacts


      2014-2015 ARAV Student Chapters & Contacts

      Auburn University

      • Amelia Nuwer

      Cornell University

      • Mariah Gentry

      Tufts University

      • Ashley Kramer

      University of Florida

      • Chris Coverdill

      University of Wisconsin-Madison

      • Rima Kharbush

      Universite de Montreal- Quebec

      • Annick Mercier

      University of Georgia

      • Cher Hung

      University of Pennsylvania

      • Rachel Ruden

      Colin McDermott, Educational Committee Chair

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      • Texas
      Houston Zoo
      • Louisiana

      Baton Rouge, Louisian_LSU Externship form 2014

      • Minnesota

       Roseville, Minnesota_Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota Externship


      • New Jersey

      Lakewood, New Jersey_Ocean County Veterinary Hospital

      • North Carolina

      Kannapolis, North Carolina_Griffin Exotics Externship 2014


      To list externships please download and complete the ARAV Externship Form 2014 and return to Colin McDermott at

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      Internships Announced:

      • Texas

        Posted 24-January-2016


        Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics is accepting applications for an internship position in Avian and Exotic Pet medicine. This program is oriented towards veterinarians seeking residency training and board certification in this area. This position is a newly created 3rd position in addition to our two existing positions.  The goal of the internship is to provide the veterinarian with the skills and knowledge base for clinical practice on exotic pet species. The caseload consists of approximately 50% small mammals, 40% avian, and 10% reptile.

        Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics is part of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, a multi-specialty referral hospital in Houston, TX. We have 28 board-certified specialists representing surgery, avian practice, dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, critical care, cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology, and physical therapy. The hospital is equipped with 24-hour nursing staff, an in-house laboratory, two intensive care units, digital radiology, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, MRI, nuclear medicine, flexible and rigid endoscopy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and radiation therapy (linear accelerator). The intern is encouraged to interact with the other specialties to provide comprehensive patient care. Attendance to teaching rounds/journal club is required and publication of a case report and/or research project is strongly encouraged. The intern will be responsible for after-hours avian and exotic emergency duty. There is opportunity for the motivated intern to spend time at a large local zoo and a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

        The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants must be U.S. licensed and will need to obtain a license to practice in Texas once accepted. Please submit a personal statement, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference, and official veterinary transcript from your University Registrar. Applications can be submitted by email to: or by mail to: Gulf Coast Avian & Exotics, 1111 West Loop South, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77027.  Applicants seeking additional information about the program are welcome to contact either Dr. Natalie Antinoff ( or Dr. Sue Chen (

      • Georgia

      Posted 08-December-2014

      Zoological Medicine Internship Program

      College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

      Applications now being accepted for July 2015 start

      Description of Program

      The Zoological Medicine service of the Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia offers a 1 year specialty internship in zoological medicine with a major emphasis on exotic companion species. The program starts 15th July 2015 and ends 14th July 2016. This program is supervised at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine by Drs. Stephen Divers and Joerg Mayer. The individual will be trained to a high level and upon completion will have attained a broad clinical base in preparation for applications to zoological residency programs.

      This is a non-degree graduate student program leading to an official University Certificate of Internship. Tuition for this graduate program is $25/semester, 10 days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave are available. The annual salary for 2015-2016 is $26,915. The intern is also provided with a limited budget of $2000/year for intern travel, conference attendance, and other professional development. A one-time application fee of $75 ($100 for international students) and tuition and student fees (approximately $3000/year) are the responsibility of the individual selected for the program. Proof of medical insurance coverage and proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, tetanus, hepatitis B, and rabies are required. Parking fees (up to $480/year currently) and health insurance are the responsibility of the individual. Health insurance is offered through the UGA Graduate School at a reasonable rate. This coverage will be available beginning August 1, 2015. Each resident is responsible for securing his/her own health insurance that is effective through July 31, 2015. Acquisition of health insurance through the Graduate School is optional for U.S residents. Non-U.S. residents must participate in a mandatory health insurance program provided by the Graduate School (approximately $800/semester). Please visit the following website for additional information regarding insurance fees ( International applicants are required to provide 2 official, certified copies of their academic records from each institution of higher education attended. These records must include all course work. Photocopies are not acceptable. Separate proof of degree(s) is also required. All graduates of veterinary colleges not within the United States or Canada are considered international applicants regardless of citizenship. If the original language of the academic record is not English, a certified English translation must be attached to the original. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Foreign graduates whose primary language is not English MUST provide TOEFL scores (see for details), AND the scores must not be more than 2 years old. Foreign applicants who have completed 1 year of academic study in the US can provide a university transcript in lieu of TOEFL scores. Foreign applicants must also consider application and processing time for visas well ahead of the start date. Offers to international applicants are contingent upon successful application for the appropriate visa.


      All applicants must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in their country of origin, and priority is given to those candidates that fulfill the following:

      1) 1-2 years of practice experience in domestic animal, exotic, zoo or aquatic animal medicine, or completion of a 1-year small animal rotating internship. General clinical competency is essential.

      2) Previous veterinary experience at a US institution with a reference from the supervising veterinarian (e.g. externships at US veterinary hospitals, zoos, aquaria, or private practices).

      3) Excellent academic record with previous research experience and veterinary publications. (Submission of a class rank helps in the evaluation of non-US veterinary graduates).

      The intern will be 100% dedicated to the zoological medicine service, within a new state-of-the-art Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including separate avian, reptile/amphibian, small mammal and wildlife wards; digital radiography, fluoroscopy, 3T MRI, 64 slice CT, diagnostic/surgical endoscopy, etc.). The majority of the clinical work will involve privately owned exotic pets, although involvement with wildlife and local zoo/nature centers is likely. The annual hospital and field caseload per house officer is approx. 500 cases/yr. The internship emphasizes clinical training in the principles of zoological medicine and surgery, and the species distribution is approximately: 45% avian, 40% mammals, 14% reptiles/amphibians, and 1% fish/invertebrates. In addition to a supervising on-clinic faculty, resident, and two technicians, the intern is aided by 2-4 senior veterinary students on 3-week elective rotations. Specialists from all recognized disciplines are available for consultation and an extensive support infrastructure, typical of a veterinary college, is available. The intern is encouraged to attend and present at a national or international conference during the year, as well as attend lectures or seminars in the College of Veterinary Medicine or on the university campus.

      The intern will work under the supervision of senior faculty members and service responsibilities include (1) participation in the daily activities of the medical service of the hospital including primary case responsibilities and case rounds; (2) participation in visits to Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, and Sandy Creek Nature Reserve, and other local or regional centers; (3) providing assistance in instruction and supervision of veterinary students assigned to the zoological medicine service; (4) provision of emergency weekend and night-time back-up for exotic species admitted by the small animal and large animal emergency interns within the teaching hospital (on a rotating basis with the other zoological medicine house officers; (5) presentation of a seminar to the College during the year, and active participation in UGA-aquarium rounds, and zoological journal club/didactic rounds.

      In addition to clinical training, exposure to investigative approaches and publication is an essential component of the program, and the intern is expected to produce at least one peer reviewed publication during their program year.

      The successful candidate will be licensed to practice within the College of Veterinary Medicine by virtue of a faculty license. The faculty license permits veterinarians from non-AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited vet schools to practice within the residency program of the hospital, and may be obtained without examination. [To obtain a regular Georgia state license, one must be a graduate of an AVMA-accredited institution or have completed the requirements of the ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, program of the AVMA, and take the Georgia State Board examination. The internship cannot be used to satisfy the clinical evaluation portion of the ECFVG because of the licensure requirements.]

      Applications must include (1) a letter of application including telephone and email contact details, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) and three letters of reference. International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores and university transcripts. All materials should be mailed to Ivy Blackwell (Zoological Medicine Internship), Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 501 DW Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602, USA. The deadline for full consideration is January 5th 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled. The status of the position and further information can be obtained by contacting Ivy Blackwell on 1-706-542-8121 or

      • Illinois

      Animal House of Chicago is offering internships with emphasis on exotic pets. This is a three doctor small animal practice in Chicago that sees 80% exotics of which 35% are reptiles and amphibians (approx. 10 reptile/amphibian patients per day), 30% birds, and 35% small mammals.  Complete information on these opportunities can be obtained from: Animal House of Chicago, 2752 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Phone 773-878-8002; Fax 773-878-0546 or Visit the website

      • Massachusetts  

        Veterinary Internship in Wildlife & Conservation Medicine

        The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (TCSVM), offers two paid internships in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at its Wildlife Clinic housed in the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building on Tufts’ North Grafton, MA campus.  

        The Wildlife Clinic provides diagnostic, surgical, and professional services for diverse wildlife species native to New England.  The Clinic serves the six New England states.

        The intern will spend the majority of her/his time on clinical service.  Duties will include assisting with all aspects of patient care at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic including record-keeping, medical diagnostics, surgery, necropsy and emergency duty. In these activities, interns will assist clinicians on duty in teaching and supervising of fourth year students on rotation in the Clinic.  The intern will have major responsibility for the supervision of the animal health program at the Ecotarium, a small regional zoo.  Interns will be expected to be active participants in daily rounds and to participate in ongoing Clinic research programs.  Interns will also gain teaching experience by assisting Wildlife Clinic faculty with core, elective and continuing education courses.

        Candidates for the internship must possess the DVM, VMD or equivalent degree. Applicants must be graduates of AAVMC accredited veterinary schools.  Interest or experience in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management, pathology, toxicology or related disciplines is a plus.

        Candidates should be committed to participating in and fostering close teamwork and must be able to demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.

        Tufts University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Qualified women, minority candidates and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

        Application Procedure:

        Interested applicants should submit the following (either hard copy or email):

        • Curriculum vitae
          • Letter of interest, indicating career goals
          • 3 letters of reference
          • Official veterinary school academic transcript

        Important dates:  All applications must be received by October 23, 2015. Selected candidates will be required to travel to Tufts for interviews in November and December, with final selection made before January 15, 2016.  The first internship will run from June 13, 2016 until June 30, 2017. The second internship will run from July 11, 2016 until July 31, 2017.

        Applications should be submitted to:

                    Flo Tseng, DVM                      
                    Wildlife Clinic, TCSVM
                    200 Westboro Rd.
                    N. Grafton, MA  01536


      To list an internship, please download and complete the ARAV Internship Form and return to Colin McDermott at

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      To list residencies, download and complete the ARAV Residency Form and return to Colin McDermott at

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      To list speaking availability please download and complete the ARAV Speaker Form and return to Colin McDermott at

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      ARAV Student Poster Competition

      The ARAV Education Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Student Poster Contest held in Indianapolis.

      First Place:

      Analgesic Efficacy and Respiratory Effects of Transdermal Fentanyl in Ball Pythons (Python regius) Rima Kharbush, University of Wisconsin-Madison

      Second Place:

      Coelioscopic-assisted Sterilization of Reproductive Healthy and Diseased Female Tortoises Laila M. Proença, University of Georgia

      Third Place:

      Severe Disseminated Fibropapillomatosis in a Rehabilitating Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Annie Page-Karjian, University of Georgia

      Thanks to all who participated!

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