Vet Student Externship – Wild Sun Externship

Wild Sun Externship

a veterinary externship like no other

Our 4 week vet student externship focuses on the veterinarian’s role in conservation medicine.  Follow our vets as they treat injured wildlife and give support to 2 very different yet interrelated conservation initiatives.  You will participate and learn from a wildlife rescue center and a Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program on the same site.  Our goal is to inspire you to be a voice for conservation and to show you how, as a future veterinarian, you can make a difference in saving wildlife and their habitats in all corners of the world.

We have specialized tracks for 1st & 2nd year vet students and 3rd & 4th year vet students. We also have a Pre-Vet Internship for those preparing to apply to vet school.


Wild Sun Rescue Center

At the rescue center, in addition to practicing animal husbandry and rehabilitation in the ICU, students will assist in necessary surgeries and emergency procedures. Students may practice proper restraint techniques for mammals, birds and reptiles, perform physical exams and hands-off evaluations, identify and treat parasites, administer fluids, perform necropsies, practice syringe and tube feeding techniques as well as suturing, wound care and identifying stages of healing. Patient rounds will be conducted often along with topic discussions and presentations.  There will be onsite labs and demonstrations, evaluation and feedback meetings and execution of specialty projects that could include nutrition research, proper use of medications, or even enclosure design.

Among other things, students will gain a deeper knowledge of what conservation medicine is and how it differs from exotic and zoo medicine, what role a veterinarian plays in conservation, and when and how animals can return to the wild.  Animals that we often have in care are the Mantled Howler Monkey, White Faced Capuchin, Collared Anteater, White-nosed Coati, Kinkajou, Agouti, Lowland Paca, Spotted Skunk, Northern Raccoon, Nine-banded Armadillo, White-tailed Deer, Variegated Squirrel, Mexican Hairy Porcupine, Woolly and Common Opossum, and a variety of  birds. When possible, we will also participate in spay and neuter campaigns to help control the local dog and cat population, which threatens wildlife daily.  These clinics happen 3 times a year.

Vet Students
If you’re a 1st or 2nd year vet student, our program will give you valuable practice and hands-on experience with various and exciting exotic species. For 3rd and 4th year vet students, our 4 week externship will count for out-rotation credit in your college of veterinary medicine.


Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction

As students you will learn how to care for these birds and the process it takes for a species reintroduction program to be carried out.  Among other tasks, when applicable, you will help micro chip and extract blood for DNA testing.   You may even be asked to monitor the health of recently released Macaws.



We’ll also take the time out to take advantage of some of the natural wonders of Costa Rica!  Be they waterfalls, ocean voyages or beautiful sunsets, adventure awaits.  Students will get to visit the Montezuma Waterfalls, Isla Cabuya Cemetery Island, go horseback riding or zip lining through the jungle, dip into a cliffside infinity pool with a swim up bar and view wildlife while hiking Cabo Blanco- Costa Rica’s first national park, amongst other outings.

How It Works

Rolling Admissions for VET STUDENT externships starting all Sundays, November – early April.
From May-September we have set starting dates in 4 week intervals.

Summer Sessions 2020 for vet or pre-vet students:

Session 1 May 17th – June 14th

Session 2 June 14th – July 12th

Session 3 July 12th – August 9th

Session 4 August 9th – September 6th

Program Fee: $5,850 usd

Many of our students receive grants and scholarships to attend from their schools. Please check with your student affairs and study abroad offices for what is available. We also have provided links at the bottom of the page for opportunities outside of your school. ***


  • Poolside Shared Deluxe Accommodations with A/C, private outdoor bath with hot water showers, mini fridge, digital safe, satellite tv, ocean view, and patio with swing chairs. Maximum 3 people per room.

  • Professional Meal Plan including 3 meals a day Sunday through Friday plus breakfast on Saturdays (you have access to a shared kitchen between meals). On Saturdays you may choose to cook for yourself, participate in pot lucks or go out to one of the many delicious restaurants in Cabuya, Montezuma or Santa Teresa.

  • Academic materials

  • Excursions, outings and tours mentioned above

Not Included:

  • Flights

  • Transportation from San Jose to Cabuya

  • Saturday lunch and dinner

  • Extra transportation such as taxis to Montezuma and ATV rentals

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The Commonwealth Chief Veterinary Officer’s Scholarship

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The Commonwealth Chief Veterinary Officer’s Scholarship

A postgraduate coursework scholarship
This scholarship encourages veterinarians to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary public health.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Registered to practice veterinary science
  • Plan to study the veterinary public health management program
September 2019 October 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

For more information, please refer to the terms and conditions.


This scholarship is valued at up to $10,000 (for two years).

Who’s eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be registered to practice veterinary science in Australia
  • plan to study the veterinary public health management program
  • not be in receipt of any other scholarships or financial support to do the program


This scholarship was established in 2003 by a donation to the Faculty of Veterinary Science by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. The purpose of the donation was to encourage veterinarians who demonstrate a commitment to working for the benefit of Australian livestock producers at the national level to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary public health.

Established in 2003 by a donation to the Faculty of Veterinary Science by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. The purpose of the donation was to encourage veterinarians who demonstrate a commitment to working for the benefit of Australian livestock producers at the national level to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary public health. This will be achieved through the establishment of a scholarship to be known as The Commonwealth Chief Veterinary Officer’s Scholarship.

The scholarship shall be awarded under the following conditions:

1. The scholarship may be awarded at the postgraduate level and shall be tenable at the University of Sydney only.

2. The scholarship shall be awarded to a veterinarian registered (or eligible for registration) to practice veterinary science in Australia.

3. The scholarship shall be awarded to an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

4. The scholarship recipient shall not be in receipt of any other scholarships or financial support to do the Program, including employer-sponsored payment of course fees.

5. The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of academic merit, based on transcripts of previous tertiary study; a written application that describes the applicant’s background, commitment to the livestock industries in Australia, or how he or she plans to further this in the future; commitment to working in a team and willingness to become part of a national/global team supporting the livestock industries; career goals; and the reports of three referees.

6. The postgraduate scholarship may only be awarded to an applicant who is admitted to the Veterinary Public Health Management Program and who enrols accordingly.

7. The value of the scholarship will cover annual unit of study fees for each year the student is enrolled in the Veterinary Public Health Management Program; to a maximum of $10,000 for each year the student is enrolled in the Program.

8. The scholarship shall be tenable for two years, subject to satisfactory progress.

9. If the annual donation by the funding body exceeds the fees for eight units of study the additional funds will be used for the benefit of the scholarship recipient.

10. The scholarship shall be awarded by the Faculty of Veterinary Science Board of Postgraduate Studies on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the Chair in Farm Animal Health and Production, the Academic Program Manager for the Veterinary Public Health Management Program and the Chief Veterinary Officer of Australia, or their nominees.

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PhD position/Graduate Research Assistantship in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Laboratory of Lung Inflammation, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University have opening for highly motivated PhD candidate/ Graduate Research Assistant to work on NIH-funded research project in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The position serve a great opportunity for doctoral training in the cutting-edge research techniques including transgenic mice, flow cytometry, imaging and omics. Suitable candidate must have a degree in veterinary medicine or biomedical sciences, strong research interest in molecular and translational biology, and immunology. Hands-on working experience with disease models in rodents are a plus. Preference will be given to candidates with previous research experience. International candidates must be fluent in English. To check the admission requirements of the program please visit

Applications, including (a) a cover letter, describing your experience, research and professional interests and career goals, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) unofficial transcripts and (d) contact information of three professional/academic references, should be sent in a single pdf file. Please send the application package directly to Dr. Amarjit Mishra (). The screening and selection process is currently underway and will continue until positions are filled. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Join us for the 2019 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit

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Calling all veterinary professionals interested in working toward greater wellbeing across our shared community. Registration has opened for the 2019 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit, “Putting the WE in Wellbeing.”

Improving wellbeing is a shared responsibility that requires our combined commitment as a profession. Practice teams, business owners, organizations such as the AVMA, veterinary colleges, and individual veterinarians all have important roles to play. The 2019 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit will empower us with tools, resources, and practical ideas we can implement right away to support both our own wellbeing and our colleagues’.

The summit is presented jointly by the AVMA, American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and Zoetis, and offers attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) credit. Additional support has been provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

The summit will take place November 17-19 just outside Chicago. Participants will:

  • Hear from veterinary and mental health experts about what we each can do to improve wellbeing in our workplace and personal life
  • Gain knowledge and resources to nurture both healthy individuals and healthy workplaces
  • Learn why diversity and inclusion are critical in creating a healthy work environment that values all team members
  • Join and be inspired by a community of professionals dedicated to improving wellbeing in veterinary medicine

Topics that will be addressed include effective suicide prevention and response strategies, letting go of perfectionism, exploring generational differences, and how to leverage a One Health perspective to reduce burnout and suicide risk, among others.

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Doctoral Studentship (PhD): Declining Male Fertility: Investigations of plausible environmental risk factors in the Racehorse Breeding Stallion

Hartpury University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Gloucester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £13,000 per annum (stipend)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019

The aim of this studentship is to assess the fertility potential of breeding stallions and explore a possible environmental aetiology. We aim to assess whether the management practices of the breeding stallion are a potential cause for reproductive perturbations. This body of research shall investigate if chemicals are present amongst a variety of samples associated with management of the thoroughbred breeding stallion. In addition, where possible, the genomic and non-genomic effects of any investigated chemicals shall be tested on endocrine and sperm function in vitro. These data shall provide a putative understanding of the future fertility potential of the breeding stallion.

For more information and for an initial discussion please contact Dr Rebecca Sumner

Description of studentship:

Hartpury is pleased to be offering three fully funded studentship to start on 1 October 2019. This studentship will be based in the Equine Performance Research Arena at University Centre, Hartpury. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of new Postgraduate Community in an idyllic rural setting, with world leading facilities undertaking impactful and cutting-edge practice-based and industry related research. University of the West of England is the awarding body for this degree.
Studentships comprise tuition fees at home / EU rates and a stipend of GBP 13k per year tenable for 3 years. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked (as a condition of their stipend) to deliver up to 7 hours per week teaching or research support within the department in which the PhD is hosted.

PhD Studentship Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be taken into account when considering applications:

  • The strength of your professional and academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or professional experience
  • The quality, invention and viability of ideas relating to the research project you are applying for
  • The contribution you are able to make to the Hartpury research community and your host department, in terms of both research and teaching

Candidates should also be aware of the following:

The normal expectation is that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a Masters qualification from a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. The candidate’s degree relevant to the studentship should demonstrate their potential for practice-led research or alternative evidence of research aptitude.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a recognised English language qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).

Applying for a PhD studentship

To apply for a PhD studentship you must send the following documents to

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship
  • A recent piece of critical writing you have completed (max 3000 words)

If English is not your first language, certification of English language qualification

Applications that do not arrive by Midnight (UK time) on Friday 7 June will not be considered.

If your application is selected. You will be invited for interview on Wednesday 19 June. All applicants must ensure their availability on this date.

Key dates

  • 7 June 2019: Deadline for submission of applications
  • 14 June 2019: Interview invitations sent to shortlisted candidates*
  • 19 June 2019: Interviews at Hartpury
  • 28 June 2019: Studentships announced
  • 5 July 2019: Deadline for accepting studentship
  • 1 October 2019: Studentship begins

* Please note that by submitting an application you are confirming your availability to interview on 19 June.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Hartpury values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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