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Veterinary Research Extern 

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Category Hospital  



General Summary:


The Veterinary Research Extern will provide clinical and research support for The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Veterinary
Hospital. The Veterinary Research Extern will be responsible for performing research project(s) that focus on topics relevant to
the Zoo’s collection animals and/ or conservation initiatives. Based on the clinical research, the Research Extern will develop
formal manuscript(s) for journal publication. Primary authorship with submission of the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal
will be encouraged, but is not guaranteed. In addition, the Veterinary Research Extern may have the opportunity to shadow
veterinary staff and participate in daily rounds and procedures. The Research Extern may assist veterinary technicians and hospital
keepers with laboratory operation and animal care.

2022 Research Project: Development of a Case Definition for Clinical Aspergillosis Infection in the North American African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) Population Under Human Care


Duration of Externship:
May or June 1, 2022 - July or August 30, 2022.
Duration is limited to three months. Candidate must commit to a minimum of 9 weeks.
**start and end dates are flexible, based on the selected candidate’s availability**

Schedule: Approximately 30 - 40 hours per week



Qualified candidates must be officially associated with a university as an undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary student. For
example, undergraduates who are currently enrolled in college meet this criterion, as do graduating seniors, who are continuing
with their education in the fall semester of the same year. Eligible students, interested in pursuing careers related to biology,
animal sciences, or veterinary medicine are encouraged to apply.


Application Requests: Letter of intent, CV, college transcript, available dates, 2 references, completion of online application.   

Position Requirements

Essential Functions:

Primary Function:

  • Perform sample collection;
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records;
  • Facilitate the research design process;
  • Review medical and pathology records;
  • Collaborate with the Associate Veterinarian to order, prepare, and organize all project materials, as needed;
  • Complete a literature review and execute scientific writing related to the research project(s);
  • Perform laboratory testing as needed;
  • Promote the mission of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore;
  • Perform other duties as assigned; and,
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo.

Communication (Internal and External):

  • Communicate effectively and in writing with the Associate Veterinarians, Collection Managers, Conservation staff, and Hospital staff;
  • Correspond in a professional and timely manner with individuals from industry organizations;
  • Prepare a formal manuscript for journal publication;
  • Prepare grant proposals, as needed;
  • Present research results to Zoo staff and/or as a formal presentation at scientific meeting(s) as appropriate.

Management of Resources (financial, human resources, facilities):

  • N/A

Minimum Qualifications:



  • Qualified candidates will be officially associated with a university as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a current veterinary student




  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Scientific Writing
  • Literature Review

Traits Desirable:

  • Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals from ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Extremely well-organized;
  • Strong communication, time management, interpersonal and follow-up skills;
  • Ability to visualize, comprehend and analyze data; and,
  • Self-directed, collaborative and detail-oriented.


  • Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, telephone, hand tools, animal restraint
    and capture devices, etc.; and,
  • Various medical machines, tools, and equipment.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to exert up to 70 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force
    frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for
    sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb, balance;
  • Must be able to travel large areas of the Zoo as needed;
  • Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold
    temperatures, and/or wet conditions;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events;
  • Must be able to work while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment;
  • Contact with hazardous chemicals, animal related injury and anesthesia equipment; and,
  • Exposure to zoonotic diseases and risk of animal attack.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this
classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all
personnel so classified. Therefore, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be
performed when circumstances change.

Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Veterinary Research Extern  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 1/12/2022  
Location The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore  
About the Organization Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo's varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children's Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit  

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