The preceptorship program at the Shedd Aquarium offers exposure to the veterinary management of a large and diverse collection of fishes, marine mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, nonmarine mammals and invertebrates. Students work closely with the veterinary staff (includes three veterinarians, a veterinary resident, four veterinary technicians, staff microbiologist and water-quality personnel). Responsibilities are assigned based on each student’s level of interest and aptitude. Students must complete a project, which will be determined in the first week of the preceptorship. A full-service aquatic sciences library is available to students on site. Please note that student housing and stipends are not available. Some students have been able to arrange boarding accommodations with Shedd employees, but this is uncommon.
Decisions will be made by winter break and are provisional based on results from a mandatory background check.