Monday, July 25, 2016

DVetMed Studentship in Zoo Animal Medicine & Surgery (Ape Heart Disease)

DVetMed Studentship in Zoo Animal Medicine & Surgery (Ape Heart Disease)
Closing Date
Monday, 15th August 2016
Veterinary Medicine & Science
Principal supervisors:
Prof Kate White, Prof Malcolm Cobb, Dr Kerstin Baiker,
Other supervisors:
Dr Sharon Redrobe (CEO, Twycross Zoo)
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at the University of Nottingham is the first brand new, purpose-built veterinary school in the UK for over 50 years and it is our intent to make significant leading contributions to both veterinary research and teaching within the context of valid relevance and application to the wider veterinary profession.
Research is central to the activities of the School, both in terms of maintaining ourselves at the forefront of national and international efforts in veterinary medicine but also as an integral part of the training and education for undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
All current clinical practice should derive from advances in research. The overarching purpose of research activities within SVMS is to improve clinical practice and teaching. Clinical practice encompasses many aspects of animal health including diagnosis, treatment, prophylaxis, production and welfare management. Thus, improved clinical practice is the outcome of full integration of research themes with the clinical requirement. The School has established relations with a number of Clinical Associate Institutions and Educational Partners and these Clinical Associate Practices are fully integrated into the research and teaching environment of SVMS and their clinical requirements drive much of the research development.
This unique role consists of a 4 year training post, based at one of the Clinical Associate Practices (Twycross Zoo) and will combine preventive and reactive veterinary care based at the zoo including pathology of all species.  It will involve training of clinical veterinary students and undertaking a research doctorate project leading to a DVet Med which will be supervised by academic members of staff based at SVMS. The area of research will be focussed on ape heart disease and build upon the current research success in this area
Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMZS), is a renowned primate conservation centre and houses  over 140 species  including giant tortoises, elephants, penguins, flamingos, snow leopards. The zoo is the only zoo in teh country to manage every species of great ape – gorilla, orang-utan, bonobo and chimpanzee and collection diverse range of gibbons, monkeys and lemurs.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, dedicated team player and experienced clinician. You will be able to join the zoo’s own vet health team (2 vets, 1 nurse, 1 registrar), carrying out the preventive and reactive veterinary care and pathology of all species. Duties also involve assisting with the training of clinical vet students from the University of Nottingham, research projects, departmental administrative tasks and data management.
Students must be Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, or hold a veterinary degree qualifying them for membership and hold a valid driving licence. A minimum of 2 years in veterinary practice and experience of exotic or zoo animal medicine is essential. Further qualifications such as an MSc in Wild Animal Health or Certificate in Zoo Medicine or other relevant postgraduate qualification would be highly desirable.
This studentship is available from (January 2017) or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of four years and provides a tax free UK/EU postgraduate stipend £21,000. There are funding restrictions for non-EU students.
The closing datefor applications will be Monday 15 August 2016.
Informal enquiries about the role may be addressed to the principal supervisor:

Candidates should apply online and include a cv.  Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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