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
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.
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:
ACVP Directory of Resident Training Programs
AAZV Internship and Residency
To request an application packet, click here.