Professional Development

Doctors Teach Herders in Afghanistan Photo
Dr. Ali Madad Rajabi teaches Wakhi herders, under the supervision of their community elder, how to use a GPS handheld unit in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan.
©Stephane Ostrowski

Saving wildlife and wild places requires investing in the next generation of wildlife veterinarians and conservationists. At home and abroad, WCS field vets share their knowledge and expertise to give tomorrow’s wildlife health scientists educational and professional opportunities.

In New York City, veterinary residents, student externs, and volunteers complement WCS-Global Health program’s veterinary, veterinary technician, hospital administrative, supervisor, and support staffs in their operation of the Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Health Center, the New York Aquarium’s Aquatic Animal Health Center, and the animal clinics at Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens zoos.

Meanwhile, WCS is enhancing the capacity for conservation across the globe by investing in the wildlife health education and training of foreign veterinarians and students.

WCS Projects

Capacity Building in the Field

WCS enables wildlife health professionals abroad to bring critical knowledge and experience to conservation efforts in their countries.

Student Externships in New York

WCS offers four- to eight-week externships in zoological medicine and surgery. Applicants must be senior veterinary students at AVMA-accredited veterinary schools. We also offer 16-week externships in veterinary technology.

Training Vets in New York

WCS and Cornell University jointly host two residency programs--in Zoological Medicine & Surgery and in Anatomic Pathology.

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