Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club

Wildlife, Zoo, & Aquatic Animal Externships

Interested in getting more experience with wildlife or zoo animals?  You’ve come to the right place!

Veterinary externships are clinical training opportunities that are a mix of observation and hands-on experience.  These are available to 4th year veterinary students (and sometimes to motivated rising 3rd years during the summer).  Externships in the zoo/wildlife fields are important to supplement the domestic animal training you receive in the VMTH and to gain connections in your desired field.

Other opportunities to network and gain experience include, research fellowships, keeper internships, wildlife rehab volunteering, specialized training courses, and the like.  These tend to be available during the summers for rising 2nd and 3rd years, and are certainly options for 4th years and beyond.

We have listed some of the externships that are available. Please note that this is not a complete list, and the information here, despite our best efforts, may not be up-to-date. If you know of other opportunities or have additional information, let us know! Please email our externship coordinator, Justin Cupka at jpcupka@ucdavis.edu with any questions or requests for further information.

Where to find externship opportunities:

In the tabs to the right, we’ve organized opportunities by category and location, but externships programs are changing all the time.  You can also find a list of externships approved by UC Davis and completed by past students on Viper at “Students > Externship Database > Search”.

For details and contact information on available externships, check out the following resources: