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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 South Lake Shore Drive


 City

Chicago


 State/Province

IL


 Country

USA


 Zip Code

60605


 Primary Contact

Bridget Thornton


 Position (of Contact)

Volunteer Services Coordinator


 Phone

312-692-3167


 Email Address

bthornton@sheddaquarium.org


 Fax


 Clinical Experience (to be gained during program)

The veterinary preceptorship program offers exposure to the veterinary management of a large and diverse collection of fishes, marine mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Students work with veterinary staff including veterinarians, veterinary resident, clinical and lab technicians as well as water quality personnel. Students are also offered rotations through the various animal husbandry departments.


 Research

Students must complete and present a PowerPoint presentation of either original research or primary literature based case report.


 Allied Institution

On-site pathology services provided by University of IL VDL Zoopathical Program Program. Students are welcome to observe and assist in the pathology lab. During the academic year, students will participate in a weekly veterinary 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).


 Responsibilities

The student reports directly to Veterinary Staff and is expected to participate in treatments, preparation for medical procedures, morning rounds and all aspects of aquatic animal medicine in an aquarium setting based on the student’s level of aptitude. Students will use the on-site aquatic sciences library and internet resources to complete two short essay sets, recommended readings and a weekly case review with attending veterinary staff.


 Duration

4 weeks minimum, 6-8 (max) for exceptional applicants (5 days weekly, 8 hours per day).


 Application Requests

Letter of intent, 3 letters of reference, curriculum vitae, list of specific dates during academic year (please provide 1st choice and at least 2 alternate time blocks). No June, July or August date requests, please.


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

Academic Year is September through following May


 Application Deadline

November 1st of the year prior to anticipated participation (e.g., deadline of 11/01/15 for 2016-17 academic year).


 Class Standing

Fourth year veterinary student at time of start of preceptorship.


 Compensation

None.


 Housing

None.


 Transportation

Public transportation and parking available for a fee.


 Insurance

Student must provide proof of medical insurance.


 Expenses

No direct expenses for program participation, but students responsible for own living and travel expenses.


 TB Tests/Vaccinations

Proof of current negative TB required within 6 months prior to arrival and up-to-date tetanus vaccination.


 Does program accept International applicants?

Yes


 Misc. Information

Students are provisionally accepted based on results of a mandatory background check which will be completed prior to the start of the preceptorship.


 Last Date Edited

08/2015

 

 

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

Position (of Contact):

Director of Veterinary Services

Phone:

312.742.7722

Email:

kgamble@lpzoo.org

Fax:

312.742.7823

Clinical Experience (to be gained during program):

• Mentorship with an ACZM Diplomate. • Involvement in the medical, diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic management of the collection in a nationally recognized zoological and aquarium facility (American Zoo and Aquarium Association). • Participation in remote drug delivery, clinical pharmacologic protocol design, radiograph positioning, sample collection, venipuncture/catheter placement, anesthetic monitoring and endotracheal tube placement, gross necropsy protocols, and other clinical procedures as assigned. • Understanding of husbandry and nutrition specific to maintaining each taxa within the collection. • Knowledge of anatomy, parasitology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, preventive medicine, taxonomy, and toxicology within zoological and aquarium facilities. • Experience in preparation and presentation of professional topics in captive zoological medicine through journal reviews with two other zoological institutions keeper and staff discussions, case report, and in-house seminars. • Standardized record keeping by computerized system, current with the zoo community standards.

Research:

Preceptor project can be developed as clinical or applied design - opportunities in veteirnary medicine, epidemiology, conservation medicine

Allied Institutions:

 

Responsibilities:

• Active participation in all clinical medicine at the institution during the program – including discussions on diagnostics, therapeutics, and husbandry. • Technical skills commensurate with experience in veterinary medicine. • Completion of a case report or research project in captive zoological or aquatic medicine. • Participation in bi-weekly institutional and once monthly multi-institution journal review sessions. • Completion of self-assessment modules: reproductive biology, parasitology, toxicology, radiology. • Maintenance of a daily activity log.

Duration:

8 weeks preferred - occasionally will consider 6 weeks

Application Requests:

Application should be made by submission of the following: • Letter of intent (include proposed dates of program) • Copy of official transcript from veterinary college • Current C.V. • Three professional reference letters • Zoo/Wildlife Advisor for the veterinary college (listed) To: Kathryn C. Gamble, DVM, MS, DACZM Director of Veterinary Services Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois 60614 Attn: Veterinary Preceptorships

Application Deadline:

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

Class Standing:

None specific required

Compensation:

None

Housing:

None - but inexpensive hostel option can be arranged

Transportation:

None

Insurance:

Student-responsibility

Expenses:

As related to room/board/transportation

TB Test/Vaccinations:

Negative TB status is required within 4 months of arrival Current rabies and tetanus prophylaxis recommended

Does program accept International applicants?:

Yes

Last date edited.:

12/2010

 

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 Standing



Compensation

none



Housing

not provided



Transportation

multiple public transport options



Insurance



Expenses



TB Tests/Vaccinations



Does program accept International applicants?

Yes



Misc. Information



Last Date Edited

9/2016

 

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