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Externship Opportunities - Illinois

 


Institution

Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo


 Address

3300 Golf Road


 

City

Brookfield


 

State/Province

IL


 

Country

USA


 

Zip Code

60525


 

Primary Contact

Claudia Ramirez


 

Position (of Contact)

Veterinary Education Program Coordinator


 

Phone

708-688-8500


 

Email Address

Veterinary.Education@CZS.org


 

Fax

708-485-0269


 

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Students receive extensive exposure to zoological medicine and veterinary management at Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo by working with our Veterinary Services Team, mentorship with ACZM Diplomates and through contact with the diverse animal collection of zoological and aquatic species including: megavertebrates, hoofstock, large carnivores, non-human primates, marine mammals, herptiles, birds, fish and small mammals. Students are introduced to and gain clinical experience with veterinary aspects of maintaining captive and free-ranging wildlife including: preventative medicine programs (parasite surveillance, vaccination, tuberculin testing, routine physical exams), quarantine programs (CDC/USDA/APHIS quarantine, import, export and shipping of animals), surgery, pathology, nutrition, behavioral enrichment, husbandry, and management. Students participate and receive active instruction related to: clinical case management, immobilization/anesthesia, record keeping, on-site advanced imaging (CT, ultrasound, digital radiology), reproductive biology, preparation of equipment for procedures, major disciplines of zoological medicine (journal club, rounds/case discussions) and assist with ongoing research projects.


 

Research

Preceptor projects and research opportunities exist and can be developed/ assigned depending on student interest, institutional needs, time constraints, and funding availability.


 

Allied Institution

During the academic year, students will participate in a weekly journal club and webinars with residents and clinicians from Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo), University of Illinois (College of Veterinary Medicine) and Shedd as part of the joint Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency Program (IZAAR). Students have the opportunity to work with the University of Illinois (Zoological Medicine Service; Zoological Pathology Program) through case based needs. 


 

Responsibilities

Active participation in all aspects of veterinary medicine and animal management including medical care and treatment, diagnostics/sampling, interpretation of tests, medical records, topic/research assignments, and discussions.


 

Duration

6-8 weeks (8 preferred)


 

Application Requests

1) One page cover letter stating your interests in zoological/wildlife medicine, long-term career interests, GPA and class rank; 2) List of three possible time slots, in order of preference (include in cover letter); 3) Curriculum vitae; 4) Two letters of reference. All applications (and parts there of) must be submitted electronically to Veterinary.Education@CZS.org


 

If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Taken continuously


 

Application Deadline

Ongoing, but it is encouraged that application be made at least one year prior to proposed dates.


 

Class Standing

Fourth year veterinary students (US vet schools) or last year of veterinary school (non-US schools) at the time of their preceptorship.


 

Compensation

None


 

Housing

None provided but assistance to help find inexpensive housing options available upon request.


 

Transportation

None provided, parking free.


 

Insurance

Students must provide their own insurance.


 

Expenses

No expenses for program participation but students responsible for travel and lodging expenses.


 

TB Tests/Vaccinations

Vaccination for measles, rabies and tetanus recommended. TB test may be requested.


 

Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


 

Misc. Information

Applicants from non-English speaking countries: Proof of English proficiency must be provided (TOEFL, IELTS, or First Certificate). For internet based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) a minimum of 110 total score is needed.
 

Last Date Edited

9/2016

 

 

Institution

John G. Shedd Aquarium


Address

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive


City

Chicago


State/Province

IL


Country

USA


Zip Code

60605


Primary Contact

Bridget Thornton


Position (of Contact)

bthornton@sheddaquarium.org


Phone

312-692-3167


Email Address

bthornton@sheddaquarium.org


Fax

312-692-0971


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

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.


Research

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. 


Allied Institution

N/A


Responsibilities

See Clinical Experience Description


Duration

Four- to six-week time commitment (five days weekly, eight hours a day)


Application Requests

Letter of intent, Resume or curriculum vitae, Three letters of reference. Provide at least three available four- to six-week blocks of time during the academic year, Sept.-May. No June, July, or August dates, please.


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available? 

N/A


Application Deadline

November 1st of each year


Class Standing

Fourth-year veterinary student at time of the preceptorship


Compensation

None


Housing

None


Transportation

None


Insurance

Student must have health insurance


Expenses

Student’s responsibility


TB Tests/Vaccinations

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.


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information

Official acceptance is based upon completion of a mandatory background check.


Last Date Edited

10/2017

 

 

 

 Institution

Lincoln Park Zoo


Address

2001 N Clark St


City

Chicago


State/Province

IL


Country

USA


Zip Code

60614


Primary Contact

Kathryn C. Gamble DVM,MS, Dipl ACZM, Dip ECZM (ZHM)


Position (of Contact)

Dr. Lester E Fisher Director of Veterinary Services


Phone

312.742.7722


Email Address

kgamble@lpzoo.org


Fax

312.742.7823


Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Daily clinical contact with cases and expectation that the student will be integrated and participate in these cases.


Research

This option can be discussed in advance of the position. Multiple ongoing projects are availabe. More importantly, publication from the preceptorship experience is encouraged.


Allied Institution

None


Responsibilities

Clinical preceptorship duties - and full details are available by contacting Dr. Gamble.


Duration

minimum 8 weeks for US students, consider up to 12 weeks for international students


Application Requests

Letter of intent (including 2-3 potential date ranges), CV, three recommendation letters


If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Continuously offered


Application Deadline

None - but it is recommended to apply 9-12 months in advance of desired date


Class Standing

No specific standing required


Compensation

Volunteer


Housing

Chicago Getaway Hostel has contracted with LPZ for long-term, reduced rates; contact LPZ for details. It is walking distance from the zoo and accessible by multiple routes of public transportation.


Transportation

None provided but zoo is accessible by public transportation, and preceptor would be provided free parking for duration of the program.


Insurance

At preceptor's discretion and their responsibility.


Expenses

Preceptor's responsibility.


TB Tests/Vaccinations

Negative Mantoux TB test (or thoracic radiographs if BCG vaccinated) within 4 months of the start of the program is required. Tetanus and rabies prophylaxis are recommended. 


Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


Misc. Information

www.lpzoo.org; detailed objectives and expectations are available from primary contact.


Last Date Edited

9/2017

 

 

 

Institution

Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois

Address

c/o CZS 3300 Golf Rd

City

Brookfield

State/Province

IL

Country

USA

Zip Code

60153

Primary Contact

Dr. Karen Terio

Position (of Contact)

Clinical Professor

Phone

312-585-9050

Email Address

kterio@illinois.edu

Fax

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

Zoological pathology

Research

Allied Institution

Chicago Zoological Society, John G. Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo

Responsibilities

The Zoological Pathology Program (ZPP) is a full-service diagnostic, teaching, and research pathology program, specializing in exotic and wildlife diseases. Based in Chicago, ZPP is a unique collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Three to six week externships are offered for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students. The externship program is designed to provide students with exposure to all aspects of zoological pathology. Externs will conduct gross necropsies and microscopic evaluation of diagnostic cases in conjunction with residents and staff pathologists. Background reading and research for diagnostic cases will be expected of the extern as will participation in weekly gross and histopathology seminars. Special projects arising from case materials may also be pursued. Daily schedules will be determined by the current days caseload. Typically, unless previously arranged, externs should expect to arrive at the ZPP offices between 8:30-9AM Tuesday - FridayMonday mornings externs must arrive by 8AM for gross and histopathology rounds. Externs are encouraged to provide a contact (cell phone) for weekend call. Weekend duty is not required for externs, however, if an interesting case arises on the weekend, externs are invited to participate. Whenever possible, participation in gross necropsies will be a priority. Teaching sets of classic non-domestic animal gross and histological lesions are available for study as are copies of important published papers and literature. The ZPP has a full library of textbooks and archives of case material that is also available for individual study if interest and time permit. 

Duration

3-6 weeks

Application Requests

Applications are accepted year round, however applicants are encouraged to apply at least 1 yr in advance.

If applications are not taken continuously, at what date will this position next be available?

Applications are accepted year round, however applicants are encouraged to apply at least 1 yr in advance.

Application Deadline Applications are accepted year round, however applicants are encouraged to apply at least 1 yr in advance.

 Class StandingCompensation none

 Housing not provided

 Transportation multiple public transport optionsInsurance

ExpensesTB Tests/Vaccinations

Does program accept International applicants? Yes

Misc. Information

Last Date Edited

9/2016

 

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