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Veterinary Department Internship

Who May Apply

Adults 18 and Older

Job Overview

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Veterinary Services Department plays an integral role in the zoo’s mission, by raising awareness of conservation issues and providing preventative and diagnostic medicine to our animal collection as we strive to inspire people to take environmental action.



The veterinary services department is responsible for the health care of the entire animal collection at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Interns will have the opportunity to see animal exams on a variety of species, learn animal handling and restraint skills as applied to different species, assist with exams, laboratory testing, and various procedures.



Provide support to the Veterinary Services Department staff in daily duties. Enhance productivity and efficiency of the day to day operations in the medical building. Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional hands-on experience. Promote an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in zoo animal medicine.



Veterinary department interns are supervised by the veterinary department staff, however, with some specific projects interns are expected to have the ability to work autonomously following direction. In addition to assisting with routine hospital maintenance, the intern will be required to complete a checklist of skills. Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of species and will be required to complete a case study of their choosing. Assignments and opportunities that are available to a veterinary services department intern are based on individual progress during the internship.



Must be 18 years of age or older. Upperclassmen and recent college graduates are preferred.

Must be able to work 16-24 hours/week. Must be able to work approximately 8 hours per day on assigned days. Must provide proof of negative TB test and submit to drug testing prior to the start of the internship. Must be able to work efficiently and safely around live animals.



This position involves a lot of walking and lifting. Most responsibilities will be completed indoors, but time outdoors is expected, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, or dust. It may also involve considerable physical exertion such as climbing, reaching, assuming awkward positions, repetitive motions, and lifting and/or moving of heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) on a regular basis. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have some public contact requiring considerable communication skills.


To Apply:

  • Complete Internship Application
  • Submit a cover letter. The cover letter must include: Term for which you are applying. Why you are applying for this internship. What makes you a good candidate for this internship?
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (Letters of recommendation may be submitted by the applicant or the reference; however, the applicant’s name should appear in the subject line).
  • E-mail all materials to stephaniew@centralfloridazoo.org by the deadline date.
  • Submit all required documents in PDF or Microsoft Word. Eligible applicants will be contacted for a phone interview by the Animal Department shortly after the application deadline.

Internship Dates and Deadline to Apply:

  • January-April: deadline to apply is November 15th
  • May-August: deadline to apply is March 15th
  • September-December: deadline to apply is July 15th


COLLEGE CREDIT: You will need to contact your college/university advisor to determine if our program qualifies for credit at your institution. We make every effort to support additional projects your advisor requires in order to receive credit and are happy to discuss concerns and/or modifications of our program with your advisor. Any paperwork, including project terms, evaluations, minimum hours, or any other requirements must be submitted upon acceptance into the program. No preferential treatment will be granted to interns earning credit over interns not earning credit.

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  • Saving Animals From Extinction
  • Culture Builds Florida
  • Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums