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Masterate Scholarship – Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health (3 year term)

Wellington Zoo and Massey University, New Zealand

A masterate scholarship is open to individuals who are New Zealand or Australian residents and hold a BVSc degree registerable in New Zealand, and who qualify to register as a candidate for the degree of Masters of Veterinary Studies (MVS). 

Wellington Zoo and Wildbase, 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 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.

Wellington Zoo Trust is home to over 500 exotic and indigenous animals. The Nest Te Kōhanga is the Zoo’s veterinary hospital which admits around 300 indigenous 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 on the Wellington Zoo website.

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 $39,736 per annum (tax free) for three years, plus postgraduate student fees. Accommodation in Wellington is provided during the zoo rotation.

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Massey University is located at Palmerston North, a city of approximately 80,000 people in the lower North Island of New Zealand.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage veterinary graduates who plan a career in Zoo Animaland Wildlife Health to undertake university postgraduate studyinthis field.

We are looking for a replacement resident in our Masterate training programme in Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health. Full details below and application forms can be found here.

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Contact Details

For more information and an application form please contact Brett Gartrell, phone 06 356 9099 ext 85203, e-mail

Closing date is 20th October, 2020.