Tertiary placements

Learn about our animals, their habitats, and how everyone at the Zoo plays a role in our conservation work.

Zoos Victoria offers a range of opportunities for students of to gain valuable work experience as well as to inspire the next generation of young people to choose Victoria’s zoos as their workplace.

Final year veterinary work placements

The Veterinary Department currently offers a clinical externship program for students undertaking a Veterinary Science degree at university. The program is offered to local and international students completing their final (clinical) years and is advertised within the Veterinary Science faculties each year.

Placements are awarded on the basis of the written application and they must consist of a two-page maximum cover letter and a resume.

How to apply

Applications for 2025 externships will open on the 1st April of 2024 and close on the 24th of May 2024.

Before applying, please read our FAQs. 


Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat being held by a keeper while a vet does a health check with a stethoscope.