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Summer Internships in Australia

Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine

Caloundra and Wildlife Park, Australia

  • Dates – June 25–July 23, 2022
  • Max Enrollment – 24
  • Prerequisites – No
  • Career Area – Animal and Vet Science

Program Overview

Interns will gain first-hand experience in wildlife handling and care at a wildlife conservation center and participate in a zoo internship led by zookeepers. The wildlife component of the internship includes two weeks of hands-on training led by a Loop Abroad veterinarian to enhance the depth of your experience. You will also have a chance to work with Australian zookeeping staff while getting hands-on, up-close experience with wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, birds and reptiles during two weeks at the zoo. Topics such as conservation, animal nutrition, welfare in captivity, ethograms and enrichments, anatomy and physiology of Australian species, proper handling, physical exams, and zoo management will also be covered. This program includes a combination of veterinary experience and animal experience hours.

Apart from work for the internship, you will also engage in an online course facilitated by a UC Davis faculty. The online coursework provides an opportunity for meaningful reflection during the program. You will spend approximately 35-40 hours per week at your internship and another two hours per week for the online course.

Program provided in partnership with Loop Abroad. 

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Program Highlights

  • Assist in treatment rounds with Australian wildlife.
  • Learn to handle and assess possums and bandicoots & do health checks for kangaroos and koalas.
  • Discover the anatomy, behavior, and care needs of Australian animals from a zoo vet perspective.
  • Open to students from all majors.

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