Wellington Zoo and Wildbase, at the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University are offering a joint scholarship to pursue clinical training in zoo animal and wildlife health. Expressions of interest are invited from New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents
with a veterinary degree able to be registered in New Zealand. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an active professional interest in wildlife conservation, welfare and health. The scholar will pursue a Master's degree while obtaining clinical experience with zoo animals and native wildlife at Wellington Zoo and wildlife clinical and pathology cases in the Wildbase Hospital at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and through involvement in wildlife health projects in the field. Training in oiled wildlife response techniques will be provided and the scholar will be a member of Wildbase's oil response team.
The Wellington Zoo Trust has around 500 exotic and native animals in its care. The Nest Te Kōhanga is the Zoo’s veterinary hospital which admits around 500 native wildlife patients per year and also allows provision of medical care to the Zoo’s animals. Everything that happens at the hospital is on display which allows visitors to interact and learn about rehabilitation, conservation and general veterinary cases. More information is available at http://wellingtonzoo.com.
Wildbase is a provider of wildlife health expertise and services to Department of Conservation threatened species recovery programmes. The Centre enjoys close working relationships with captive wildlife husbandry institutions throughout New Zealand. Massey University has teaching and research strengths in wildlife clinical medicine and surgery, veterinary pathology, epidemiology, endocrinology, nutrition, parasitology and other areas relevant to development of a career in veterinary conservation biology.
The value of the scholarship is NZ $39,764 per annum for three years (tax free), plus postgraduate student fees. Accommodation in Wellington is provided during the zoo rotation. Massey University is located at Palmerston North, a city of approximately 80,000 people in the lower North Island of New Zealand. Some background information on Wildbase is available at http://wildbase.massey.ac.nz. Information about Massey University and postgraduate study can be found at http://www.massey.ac.nz/. Information on Palmerston North is available at http://www.pncc.govt.nz. Immigration and citizenship information can be found at http://www.dia.govt.nz and http://www.immigration.govt.nz. The Veterinary Council of New Zealand controls registration of veterinarians, and further details are outlined at http://vetcouncil.org.nz.
For more details and application forms please contact:
Brett Gartrell (B.Gartrell@massey.ac.nz)
The closing date for applications is the 15th March, 2020.