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Available Opportunities

Veterinary Technician Externship

Veterinary Assistant

Experienced Veterinary Assistant / Technician

Assistant Veterinary Office Manager

Registered Veterinary Technician

DVM Student Externship

Externship Opportunities

The Doctors and staff at Bird Medicine and Surgery welcome student externs into our practice to observe and learn more about veterinary medicine with a focus in avian medicine and surgery. We accept veterinary students, veterinary technician students, undergraduate students, and high school students. Preference is given to Veterinary students in their 3rd or 4th year.

Bird Medicine and Surgery is located in Chesterfield, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.

Externs will shadow our veterinarians through their day, seeing pet birds, dogs, cats, and small exotic mammals (primarily small herbivores). Occasionally, we will see reptiles. Our practice is between 60-80% pet birds, 10-20% dog/cat, and the rest small exotics. Externs will be allowed to participate with exams and treatments on hospitalized patients based on their level of proficiency in handling, restraint, and knowledge of veterinary medicine. Participants with no prior experience will be trained during their time with us.

We have no set housing arrangements, but please notify us if you need help in finding lodging. We may be able to place students with enough notice for a fee.

Please send a current Resume and cover letter to us via email to or mail to:

David J. Kersting
Bird Medicine and Surgery
132 Four Seasons Shopping Center
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Any questions regarding our program should be directed to the above email address.


Get to Know Our Team

Our team is made up of compassionate veterinary professionals who are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pets.

From the receptionists who greet you with a smile to the skilled veterinarians who handle everything from routine check-ups to complex procedures, our team is committed to making your visit to our clinic a positive experience for both you and your furry family members.

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Our Pawsome Town

This thriving city offers plenty to do, from shopping and dining to exploring the outdoors. Visit the local parks, such as Faust Park and the Butterfly House, or take a hike in the nearby Babler State Park.

We’re only about 20 miles from St. Louis, so you can explore this Midwest gem with ease. Check out the Missouri Botanical Garden or the St. Louis Zoo. With a strong economy and a growing population, Chesterfield is an exciting place to work and live.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team and to this great community!

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Have Any Questions?

Contact our office at 314-469-6661.

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