About Shedd

Veterinary Preceptorship Program

To be considered for the Veterinary Preceptorship Program, please send all following information to:

John G. Shedd Aquarium
Veterinary Preceptorship Program
Attn: Todd Maskel
Volunteer Services
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60605

Program description:
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.

Transportation:
Public transportation allows for fairly inexpensive and easy commuting to the aquarium. Parking is available with daily discounted passes or monthly passes.
 
Requirements:

  • Fourth year veterinary student at time of the preceptorship.
  • Four- to six-week time commitment (five days weekly, eight hours a day)
  • Negative tuberculin skin test within60 days prior to arrival and current tetanus vaccination.
  • Student must provide vaccination history and TB test results on the first day.
  • Health insurance


Application
:

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Specific available dates during the next academic year


Applications are due by Dec. 1
(e.g., Dec. 1, 2011, for the 2012-2013 academic year).

Decisions will be made by winter break and are provisional based on results from a mandatory background check. Accepted students must complete and sign “Background Information Release Authorization” and “Background Investigation Information” forms before starting the preceptorship.

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