Training Vets in New York

Red Tailed Hawk Procedure Photo
WCS veterinarian Paul Calle aids a veterinary resident during a procedure on a red-tailed hawk.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

WCS offers two three-year long post-graduate veterinary residency programs: Wildlife Medicine and Pathology.

Wildlife Medicine Residency

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Health Program offers a three year post-graduate veterinary residency training program in Zoological Medicine and Surgery. The resident will be involved in the veterinary care programs of the Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park zoos, and the New York Aquarium, as well as the Bronx Zoo. The resident participates in preventive medicine program development and implementation and the daily medical and surgical care of WCS’s wild animal collections. The residency meets the criteria of the American College of Zoological Medicine for an approved training program. Program mentors at WCS include four veterinarians who are board certified in Zoological Medicine and one who is board certified in Avian Medicine. The program provides training and mentorship to an individual with the goal of graduating a professionally competent clinical veterinarian who will significantly contribute to the field of zoo and wildlife medicine as a Diplomate of the ACZM. Applicants must be graduate veterinarians with at least one year of clinical experience, preferably in a structured program. Residents are required to live in an apartment on zoo grounds and to be available for night emergencies and night treatments. Please submit your application through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program

Pathology Residency

WCS’s Pathology and Disease Investigation department and Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Sciences offer a combined residency training program in Anatomic Pathology, with a special emphasis in Zoo Animal and Wildlife pathology. This three-year residency program prepares candidates for a career in veterinary pathology and certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Moreover, the residency provides specialized training in the diagnosis of diseases in exotic and wild animal species. Training comprises two years of general anatomic pathology training at Cornell University and one year at WCS’s Bronx Zoo. The residency exposes the trainee to extensive case material available through the necropsy and surgical pathology services as well as the opportunity to work closely with several ACVP-boarded pathologists at both institutions. This training is supplemented by slide seminars, lectures, and rotations through specialty laboratories. Opportunities exist to progress to graduate research training in a variety of research laboratories affiliated either with Cornell or WCS. A DVM or VMD degree, or equivalent, and good academic record are required. 

For more information, visit:
Cornell University
ACVP Directory of Resident Training Programs
AAZV Internship and Residency

To request an application packet, click here

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