Residency in raptor medicine and surgery

The Raptor Center offers a combined program that consists of a clinical residency in Raptor and Avian Medicine Surgery, and graduate work in either Veterinary Medicine, or Public Health.  The Raptor Center is recognized internationally for its work in raptor medicine and surgery, public and professional education, and the identification of emerging issues related to raptor health and populations. 

You must apply online at the University of Minnesota's employment site

The Executive Program in Public Health Practice is aimed at professionals with an advanced degree, and academic classes can be tailored to focus on public health and conservation principles related to Ecosystem Health. Upon completion the resident should be eligible to sit for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) Board Examination.

Application information

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Candidates must possess a DVM, VMD, or equivalent degree and be accepted to the Master of Public Health/Executive Program in Public Health Practice at the University of Minnesota within the first year. Applicants should be graduates of AVMA-accredited colleges or schools of veterinary medicine or equivalent. An acceptable TOEFFL score is required for applicants for whom English is not a first language. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with training and experience in ecosystem health, conservation biology, wildlife management, or related disciplines, and a career interest in avian conservation, wildlife epidemiology, or toxicology. Applicants must be eligible to secure a Minnesota veterinary license. 


The first year will focus primarily on clinical training. Concurrent with an avian medicine and surgery training program, residents manage cases under the supervision of faculty and assist with all aspects of clinical medicine and surgery including on-call duty.

In addition, residents will:

  • assist in teaching and supervising interns and senior veterinary students;
  • participate in research projects, public education programs, sponsored events, and field work on endangered species; and,
  • interact with other faculty and graduate students in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, and other allied University of Minnesota units.

Upon successful completion/review of the first year, the second year focus will be on a combination of clinical/teaching responsibilities and academic classes. All required classes for the MPH Executive Program are offered online; electives are generally offered in a traditional format.

In addition, residents will:

  • Identify possible Master’s Projects;
  • investigate collaborative opportunities for Field Experience; and,
  • apply for appropriate grants for additional support.

Upon successful completion/review of the second year, the third year focus will be on the resident’s Master’s Project and Field Experience, with additional academics and some clinical/teaching responsibilities.


You must apply online at the University of Minnesota's employment site.

Application materials

  • Duplicate application 
    • Letter of application should contain a statement of how you perceive this residency contributing to your professional goals and the role the veterinary profession can play in wildlife conservation.
  • Transcript of CVM grades
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three (3) letters of reference


The Raptor Center - College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
1920 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108


Salary will be in accordance with standard pay scale for residents in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital plus benefits and tuition.

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Questions? Please reach out to:

Michelle Willette, Chair of Search Committee 
The Raptor Center - College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
1920 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
[email protected]