Open 9 am - 6 pm
Shedd staff completes a routine physical exam on one of the cownose rays from Shedd's Stingray Touch exhibit.
Staff lift the electric eel in a tube onto an exam table in the Shedd's onsite veterinary hospital.
Radiographs of central newts show that the bones in their very flexible tails extend all the way to the tips.

How to apply

To be considered for a veterinary preceptorship, send an application packet containing all the required items to [email protected]

You can also mail your application to:

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

Required materials

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference (emailed letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender and not forwarded by the student.)
  • Three available four week blocks during the next academic year Sept-May. No June, July or August dates. Six week blocks may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadline

Applications closed until Fall 2021

Qualifications and 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 within 60 days prior to arrival and current tetanus vaccination.
  • Student must provide vaccination history and TB test results on the first day.
  • Health insurance

This is an unpaid internship. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and transport. Shedd Aquarium is accessible via public transit.