IVABS Masterate Scholarship in Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health

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Closing date: 07/10/2018   

The purpose of this IVABS Masterate Scholarship is to encourage veterinary graduates who plan a career in zoo animal and wildlife health to undertake university postgraduate study in this field.

The Scholar will be expected to develop expertise in zoo and wildlife health in preparation for seeking specialist qualification, to gain experience in tertiary education by providing clinical instruction in zoo and wildlife health, and to gain experience in zoo animal and wildlife health by being involved in the clinical activities of the Wildbase Hospital and the Wellington Zoo hospital.

The value of the Scholarship will be thirty thousand ($32,000) dollars per annum for three years. In addition to the emolument, the scholarship shall cover tuition fees for a Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc).

The Scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University, Palmerston North.

Every Scholar shall be required to devote the whole time during the tenure of the Scholarship to the educational and research programme, and providing laboratory and lecture instruction. The Scholar shall not undertake any additional paid employment, except by the consent of the Head of Institute Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences. Hours of work are to be negotiated with Head of Institute.

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences does not guarantee that the Scholar will be given employment at the termination of this Scholarship.

The Scholarship is open to individuals who hold a BVSc degree registrable in New Zealand and who qualify for enrolment as a candidate for the degree of Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc), for which the scholar will be expected to undertake coursework in wildlife clinical medicine and wildlife pathology (120 credits) and research with a major focus upon zoo animal or wildlife health (120 credits). The academic programme will assist with preparation towards preparing for examination for Membership in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Candidates must be New Zealand or Australian citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia.

In determining the suitability of a candidate for the Scholarship, the Selection Committee shall take into consideration the candidate’s academic record, the referees’ comments and any other relevant information that has been provided. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.

Selection Committee
The Scholarship shall be awarded by the Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the IVABS and Wellington Zoo Trust staff selection committee.

Payment of Award
Payment will be made monthly into a nominated bank account.

Every person who wishes to be considered for the IVABS Scholarship should apply on the application form provided by the Institute (obtained from Brett Gartrell B.Gartrell@massey.ac.nz) or Massey Contact, email: contact@massey.ac.nz.

The application should be accompanied by:

1.Application form
2.A certified copy of birth certificate and proof of Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or permanent residency in New Zealand.
3.A certified copy of the candidate’s academic record (only if study has been undertaken at a university other than Massey University).
4.A statement outlining the candidate’s past and present extracurricular activities, and any other particulars that may prove useful to the selection committee.
5.A statement of the candidate’s proposed research (if known).
6.A statement of proposed future occupation.

Candidates should ask two persons to forward referees’ reports on the candidate’s qualifications and abilities directly and confidentially to the Scholarships Office, Research & Enterprise, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North.

Closing Date
1st September, 2016

Appendix B

Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health Masters duties and expectations

Pathology and clinical duties in the Wildbase Research Centre and the Nest at Wellington Zoo will form part of coursework to the value of 120 credits

Pathology duties (Wildbase, Palmerston North) – 25% of the residency
-Performing gross necropsies for National Wildlife Pathology Service under supervision of the wildlife pathologist.
-Entering gross necropsy details into PM database and sending preliminary PM report to supervisor for approval, on same day as gross PM.
-Trimming of formalin specimens for histology from all cases undertaken.
-Prepare and lead histopathology tutorial (first Thurs afternoon) covering normal histological anatomy and pathology of selected body systems with aid of supervisor
-Present selected cases at wildlife histopath rounds (2nd Thurs afternoon) with aid of supervisor

Wellington Zoo duties – 25% of the residency
-to ensure excellent health standards amongst the Zoo’s animal collection and wildlife that enters the Zoo collection from the community. This includes the management of risks to staff associated with the handling and management of the animals.
-will work under the supervision of the Veterinary Science Manager (VSM) and Senior Veterinarian (SV). After an appropriate time frame (to be established between the Veterinary Resident and the VSM) the Veterinary Resident is expected to deal with the veterinary care of the exotic animals without direct supervision. The VSM, SV and the appropriate IVABS staff will be available for consultation and tutoring.

Wildbase Hospital clinical duties (Palmerston North) – 25% of the residency
-Veterinary care and procedures on patients in the Wildbase Hospital under supervision of the Wildbase Hospital service chief.
-Maintaining up to date clinical records and providing regular updates to clients/owners/carers
-Supervising veterinary students on wildlife rotation
-Private and referral consultations for birds and reptiles
-Phone advice to veterinarians and assisting MUVTH clinicians with birds and reptiles
-Leading clinical ward rounds each Monday and Thursday morning

Research project - 25% of the residency
-In conjunction with nominated supervisors from Wildbase develop and carry out a research project in zoo animal or wildlife health
-The results of the research to be written as a Masters of Veterinary Science thesis (120 credits) with strong encouragement and support to publish the work in scientific journals

Other duties
-Preparing and leading tutorials in preparation for sitting the entrance exams for Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in one of the following disciplines: Avian Health; Australasian Wildlife; Zoo Animal Health
-Aid in teaching veterinary undergraduate students in addition to their regular duties
-Respond to national and/or international oiled wildlife incidents as part of the Wildbase Oil Response team. These duties are likely to require disruption of the scheduled roster
-Field trips and conferences are encouraged. Where possible, these should be organised within the research roster. Otherwise, these will need to be negotiated directly with the supervisors.

Attendance at rounds
-Avian medicine, wildlife histology rounds, Zoo medicine, and oiled wildlife response journal club are compulsory components of the residency
-Ecology, general histology, small animal, and epidemiology rounds can be attended only if other duties allow.

All applications are acknowledged by email.

Scholarship application

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Prospective students

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