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Internships and Student Placements
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Part of the EAZWV’s mission is to increase the knowledge, skills and competencies of the members, namely through the provision of internship and externship opportunities to the students – the future of our profession.

To be able to do so, we ask our members to consider the hypothesis of receiving and tutoring students in your institution. Several types of student placements with different involvement and responsibilities can be offered:

  • Research Externship: a short-term externship, in which the student is included in a research project and/or attributed a set of data to work on, with the final purpose of presenting a scientific poster or even writing a scientific paper.
  • Clinical Externship: a short-term externship (usually from a few weeks to 6 months):
    • Pre-Clinical/Husbandry: the student accompanies the daily work at the institution, and mainly observes the veterinary work.
    • Clinical: the student is expected to get more involved in the veterinary tasks as the externship progresses, per discretion of the veterinarians in charge.
  • Internship/Fellowship: A short term (typically one year) post-graduation training program to provide a broad, well balanced exposure to zoological medicine and surgery under the supervision of the veterinary staff. The primary purpose of the internship is to allow the intern to apply knowledge and skills acquired in veterinary school to health programs and case management in a clinical environment.

If you are interested in receiving a student in your institution please complete the New Placement Form.

One of our goals is also to create a large database of all types of zoo and wildlife opportunities out there where students can gain experience, with ideally some short feedback from previous participants. So if you are a student that has done an externship, participated in a payed program or volunteered at a zoo/wildlife institution, we would be very grateful if you could please follow this link and recommend any placements you've taken. This is so we can benefit from each other's experiences and help our younger colleagues along their way in accessing the best opportunities out there. Your answers will mainly serve to inform the rest of the community on what they can realistically expect of the placement. 

If you are an EAZWV Student Member looking for a placement, please login and click the images below so you can see the list of available opportunities.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please do contact us through



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