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Veterinary Preceptorship

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's Veterinary Preceptorship is a six-week appointment for fourth-year veterinary students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students will participate in all facets of the Zoo's medical program, including attending rounds and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of species in a zoological setting. Students are expected to review medical records in preparation for procedures, complete reading as assigned by clinicians and participate in procedures on a supervised basis dependent on the medical situation, as well as preceptor knowledge and competency.

Students will assist in monitoring vitals and recording data during anesthetic procedures. A mentored project (case or case series presentation, teaching module, research, etc.) is to be completed during the externship. Research opportunities may be available depending on student interest, time constraints and funding availability. Attendance is expected five days per week (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) and some weekends/holidays.

Learning Objectives: 

This is an unpaid preceptorship for fourth-year veterinary students. This is an opportunity wherein the preceptor will support the Department of Wildlife Health Sciences. Through this preceptorship, preceptors will:

  • Gain experience by participating in all facets of the medical program at the Smithsonian National Zoo's facility
  • Learn to review medical records in preparation for procedures, complete reading as assigned by clinicians and perform physical examinations on a variety of zoological species
  • Gain experience in procedures on a supervised basis dependent on the medical situation, as well as preceptor knowledge and competency
  • Gain experience in developing anesthetic protocols, as well as monitoring and recording anesthetic procedures
  • Attendance is expected five days per week (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) and some weekends/holidays
Qualifications: 

This preceptorship is available to veterinary students in their fourth year (or equivalent) of the curriculum. International students are welcome to apply. All applicants are expected to have a serious interest in zoological/wildlife/conservation medicine. A negative tuberculin skin test within six months of rotation and up-to-date rabies prophylaxis are required. An influenza vaccine is strongly encouraged.

Stipend: 
This is an unpaid preceptorship. Special consideration will be given to applicants who receive college credit for preceptorship. Incumbent is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Preceptor will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
Housing: 
The incumbent will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
Parking: 
The Smithsonian's National Zoo does not provide free parking to interns.
Term of appointment: 

Open for 2020-2021 academic year. Preceptorships are six weeks long. Variations on time period are based on institutional time restrictions, as well as individual applicant's need, availability and qualifications. A mentored project (research, teaching module, case presentation, etc.) is to be completed during the externship. Research opportunities exist and may be available pending student interests, time constraints and funding availability. Applications submitted in fall 2019 are for the 2020-2021 school year.

Application deadline(s): 
Friday, October 18, 2019
Status: 
Open
Location: 
Washington DC
Internship Category: 
Animal Programs
How to Apply: 

To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu. Select "Don't have an Account? Create An Account." Complete the information to create an account.

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two letters of reference (one must be from a current or a former supervisor)
  • Schedule of availability.

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “Veterinary Preceptorship”

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA-submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.