The University of Georgia is honored by your interest in visiting our zoological medicine service at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The clinical work is approximately distributed as follows: 45% avian, 35% mammals, 15% reptiles, and 5% fish/amphibians/invertebrates. Our service provides veterinary care for exotic pets (85%), wildlife (10%) and local zoological collections (5%). There are three ways to spend time with us depending upon whether you are (1) veterinary student, (2) academician, or (3) private practitioner.
1. Veterinary Students:
We offer 3-6 week externships in the Zoological Medicine service of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Georgia. These rotations are typically 3 weeks in duration (although longer stays of up to 6 weeks can be arranged), and focus on the medical and surgical problems of exotic pets, wildlife and occasionally zoo and aquatic animals. The animals seen will be primary cases and referrals from veterinarians practicing outside the university. There are often visits to local zoological collections and nature reserves. The objective of this externship is to develop diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical skills in zoological medicine. This is done through direct case allocation, daily discussions in rounds and evaluation of thought processes and case records. Students are expected to be directly involved with, and participate in, the medical and surgical treatment of their patients. Students, who must be in their final year when they plan to take the externship, are invited to apply through the Office for Academic Affairs. This office controls the visiting externship program and ensures that students are appropriately registered, receive necessary credit, and are covered by insurance. This office can also assist with housing inquiries.
2. Private Practitioners:
3. Visiting Scholars (faculty and graduate students from other academic institutions):
Atlanta is the major international airport which is 1.5 hrs drive from the University. Transportation to/from the Atlanta airport and Athens can be arranged by shuttle/bus reservation through Groome Transportation.
Health and Safety
A signed waiver and proof of rabies vaccination is essential (Rabies Vaccination/Titer must have been within the last two years of when you plan to visit UGA) for all visitors, as well as a negative TB skin test within the last year (or proof of prior vaccination) if you wish to be involved with any primates or zoo work.