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Residency in Zoological Medicine

The Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park is offering a three-year residency program in zoological medicine.

The residency is designed to train those interested in zoological medicine and specialty board certification by the American College of Zoological Medicine.

The training emphasizes clinical medicine and surgery for a wide variety of species held at NZP's two facilities, Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

The resident will be based primarily at the Rock Creek campus, with opportunities available at the Front Royal campus.

The program may include additional rotations and specialty courses in

  • Pathology
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Aquatic animal medicine


  • A DVM degree from an accredited school of veterinary medicine
  • Preferably at least one year of clinical practice experience (internship or other)
  • Previous zoo or wildlife experience

The second and third years of the program are contingent upon successful completion of the first year.


This is a non-federal position, supported bythe Smithsonian Trust, with annual funding of $39,000 plus benefits.

Application Deadline

  • Application materials are due December 8, 2014.
  • The person selected for the residency will be notified by January 12, 2015.
  • Earliest start date for the program is August 3, 2015.

To apply, please submit

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Transcripts from veterinary school(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application materials should be submitted to:

Tangara Cross
Hospital Administrator
Wildlife Health Sciences-Vet Hospital, MRC 5502
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

202.633.4254 > email Tangara Cross

The National Zoological Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.