Veterinary Technician Internship at ZooTampa
Attention: Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College Students
In this unpaid internship, students will work with veterinary staff to gain husbandry and clinical experience with animals that are rescued or managed under professional care. Students will gain wide exposure to a variety of animals, including mega vertebrates, hoofstock, large carnivores, non-human primates, birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
Expectations and Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the veterinary staff, interns will:
- Participate in all aspects of zoological medicine, including animal husbandry, medical and surgical treatment, preventative medicine, quarantine protocols, pathology, and daily case rounds.
- Review medical records and anesthetic protocols, monitor anesthesia, assist with physical examinations, collect and process diagnostic samples, and implement treatment plans under the direction of staff veterinarians.
- Assist the veterinarians and veterinary technicians with all medical procedures during their rotation.
- Interns will complete weekly logs of tasks learned/performed/completed, as well as an initial thoughts and final reflection paper of a zoo medical/health care focused internship.
- Students are also expected to complete a project in alignment with ongoing clinical research or explore a clinical topic during their time. A presentation is to be given by the student at the conclusion of the program.
Timing, Expected Duration and Commitment:
The Zoo anticipates accepting only two interns per semester with the expected duration coinciding with local veterinary technology/nursing programs (St Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College). Selected students can expect a minimum 2-3 day work week with hours varying between 6am and 5pm. The available slots are listed below:
Spring (January to May)
Summer (May to August)
Fall (August to December)
Requirements include a resume, cover letter and 3 letters of recommendation.
Make sure to have all materials (except for letters of recommendation) ready at time of application submission as you cannot download them at a later date. Letters of recommendation only can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted prior to each semester. Those who are not accepted and remain interested must resubmit an application prior to each semester.
Housing and Transportation:
No housing is provided. Recommend students have their own personal vehicle. Free parking is available at the Zoo.
Students must provide proof of medical insurance (interns are considered Zoo volunteers and are not covered by Zoo workers compensation coverage).
If selected, candidates must also:
- Provide proof of Tetanus vaccination within the last six months, negative Tuberculin skin test or equivalent, Hepatitis B vaccination and proof of Rabies vaccination/titer within the last two years.
- Successfully complete criminal background screening at intern’s cost (typically $25, but fees may apply in certain jurisdictions checked).
- Execute a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
- Completing onsite intern orientation and policy review.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Must be acurrently enrolled veterinary technology/nursing students in third or fourth semester of training with interest in zoo/aquatic and wildlife medicine.
- Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests.
- Excellent communications and customer relations skills.
- Ability to effectively work independently, and within a team environment.
- Professional attire is required.
- Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
- Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively.
- Physical capacity to perform tasks described above.
- Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards and standards that ensure animal welfare.