Look at this — two podcast episodes in two weeks!
I’m so excited to share this discussion with my friend and mentor, Dr. Carlos Sanchez. Dr. Sanchez is a senior associate veterinarian at the Fort Worth Zoo, but I first got to know him during my externship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
I’ve been consistently impressed with the openness and helpfulness displayed by almost all the uncommon veterinarians I’ve interacted with, but Dr. Sanchez really goes above and beyond in helping people like you and me. This sincere desire to support other veterinarians and students is clearly evident in our conversation.
Dr. Sanchez grew up in Mexico and was the first Latin American veterinarian to ever be selected for a zoo medicine residency program in the U.S. He is especially passionate about helping other students and veterinarians from less affluent parts of the world figure out how to get the training they need in this field.
Links We Mentioned
Smithsonian National Zoological Park training: Dr. Sanchez completed his residency training at the National Zoo, and I met him there while doing a formal preceptorship during my final year of veterinary school.
Dr. Sanchez mentioned several students and veterinarians who made important personal connections with great career results at the annual conference of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. The 2013 meeting is from September 28 – October 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also speaks highly of the annual international conference of the Wildlife Disease Association.
The Wild Animal Health Masters (MSc) program at the Royal Veterinary College in London provided Dr. Sanchez’s introduction to formal training in English and paved the way to his selection for the zoo medicine residency. Students from a number of countries around the world can apply for a full scholarship to cover all expenses for this and other masters degree programs at the RVC.
You can find all the information you need about the chimpanzee clinical training course that Dr. Sanchez will be assisting with in Zambia this fall at this recent post on my blog.
The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) has an extensive website with all the information needed to understand the requirements to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
Dr. Sanchez has assisted on several projects with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. You can learn about veterinary student (and other types) of internships with the program here.
The Fort Worth Zoo, where Dr. Sanchez is now working, recently opened up its veterinary student preceptorship program.
What You Will Learn in This Episode
- how Dr. Sanchez was able to get a masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College for free
- the things Dr. Sanchez loves and hates about being a zoo veterinarian
- why Dr. Sanchez thinks attending a relevant conference can be one of the best ways to get a foot in the door in the field of zoo and wildlife medicine (and how he has personally seen this work multiple times)
- specific numbers detailing how Dr. Sanchez’s salary has grown from his time as a resident to now in his current position
- what foreign veterinary graduates need to be aware of as they search for internship and residency programs in the U.S.
- why Dr. Sanchez believes that a career in zoo and wildlife medicine is possible for anyone who wants it!
You can watch the video of our conversation right here, but keep scrolling down for the audio version which you can download for more convenient listening in the car, at the gym, or while you’re out walking the dogs. This episode clocks out at about 35 minutes.
The audio podcast also has a little bit higher production quality, with my best radio personality voice on the introduction and original music from my little brother Jonathan.
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Do you have any questions for Dr. Sanchez or me after listening to our conversation? Let us know in the comment section below!