Free-Ranging Wildlife Health Residency


Free-Ranging Wildlife Health Residency

The 2019 application deadline has closed.

In 2017, the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Laboratory launched the first 3-year residency position in free-ranging wildlife health. We are currently seeking applications for a 3-year residency position in free-ranging wildlife health, beginning July 1, 2020.

In the first year, the resident will be based at CDFW working alongside state wildlife veterinarians and biologists; during the second year the resident will be based at UC Davis and enrolled in the Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) program (in epidemiology); locations and opportunities in the third year will be tailored to the needs and interests of both institutions and the resident. 

Work will involve extensive local and statewide travel. The resident will contribute to clinical and didactic teaching of veterinary students.

Upon successful completion, the resident will partially (or wholly, depending on prior work experience) fulfill requirements for sitting the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) board-certification examination.


Applicants must possess a DVM or equivalent degree; at least 1 yr post-DVM work experience and/or an internship is desirable; a clear track record of interest in and familiarity with free-ranging wildlife health; and intent to pursue a career in wildlife health management and research.

To apply:

Submit the following: curriculum vitae, official veterinary school transcript, a letter of intent (< 750 words), and names and contact information for three references. Please send application materials to: 

c/o Directors, Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center,
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
1089 Vet Med Drive, Bldg. VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful applicant will be informed by February 10, 2020. For additional information, email Kirsten Gilardi, Mike Ziccardi or Deana Clifford.

UC Davis is an AA/EOE.

Past Resident

Andrew Di SalvoAndrew Di Salvo, DVM

Our first Wildlife Health Resident Dr. Andrew Di Salvo has always had a passion for wildlife veterinary medicine that has taken him cross-country and even beyond: in addition to prior field work in California, Oregon, and Idaho, Dr. DiSalvo also worked as the clinical and field veterinarian for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia and as primary wildlife veterinarian for White Buffalo, Inc. in Staten Island, NY.

During the first year of his residency, Andrew has led or participated in projects including the live-capture and processing of California wildlife species including black-tailed deer, San Joaquin kit foxes, and Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep for wildlife management and disease surveillance purposes; an anesthetic trial in free-ranging fishers; and the testing of novel therapies (tilapia skin bandages) to treat black bears burned by California wildfires.