Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois
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Organization/Company: Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois

Location: Chicago, IL


Pathology Environment: Zoological / Wildlife

Discipline/Field of Study: Anatomic

Length of Externship: Junior / Senior Year Externship (3-6 week duration for students in 3rd or 4th year)

Time of Year: February through October

Funding: No

Housing Provided: No


The Zoological Pathology Program (ZPP) is a full-service diagnostic, teaching, and research pathology program, specializing in exotic and wildlife diseases.  Based in Chicago, ZPP is a unique collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Chicago Zoological Society‚Äôs Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and local wildlife agencies.  

Three to six week externships are offered for 4th year veterinary students.  The externship program is designed to provide students with exposure to all aspects of zoological pathology.  Externs will conduct gross necropsies and microscopic evaluation of diagnostic cases in conjunction with residents and staff pathologists.  Background reading and research for diagnostic cases will be expected of the extern as will participation in weekly gross and histopathology seminars.  Special projects arising from case materials may also be pursued.

Whenever possible, participation in gross necropsies will be a priority.  Teaching sets of classic non-domestic animal gross and histological lesions are available for study as are copies of important published papers and literature.  The ZPP has a full library of textbooks and archives of case material that is also available for individual study if interest and time permit.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, brief statement of goals and provide names of two references.  Electronic applications are welcome.  Send materials at least 6 months (preferably 1 year) in advance of the desired start date.  Open slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Externships are offered between February and October.

Several low cost housing options close to convenient public transportation are available (approximately $250-300 per week).  Free housing is not available.

For more information or to submit application materials contact:

Karen A. Terio DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP
Zoological Pathology Program
c/o CZS
3300 Golf Rd
Brookfield IL 60513


Updated: 7/30/16


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