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AAB Pre-Veterinary Summer Fellowship

Instructor: Jeffrey D. Wyatt DVM, MPH, ACLAM, Director of Animal Health and Conservation
Associate Professor and Attending Veterinarian
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Program: Five-week, funded, research and clinical fellowship for pre-vet college students to occur between the end of the second week of May and the end of the first week of August. The successful applicant will earn a $500 per week stipend.

Please note: Housing will be NOT be provided. The successful applicant will be responsible for identifying their own housing. We suggest the Extended Stay America (600 Center Place Drive, Rochester, NY - (800) 295-3339). A car is highly desirable since public transportation is limited.

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Objective: Familiarize an academically qualified, pre-veterinary college student with exotic animal medicine and conservation by:

Completing a retrospective or cross-sectional research project jointly identified between the student and Dr. Wyatt (10 hours per week). Assisting and observing the veterinary staff with implementation of the Zoo's preventive medicine program including clinical rounds, chemical immobilizations, quarantine procedures, necropsies, diagnostic techniques and surgeries (20 hours per week). Rotating through all of the Zoo's animal care areas and learning husbandry practices for and normal behavior of animals including marine mammals, penguins, primates, elephants, carnivores, birds and reptiles (10 hours per week).

The Zoo's pre-veterinary fellow will:

  • Gain first-hand experience with research methodologies employed in a Zoo based conservation institution. The student's final report will be filed in the Zoo Animal Hospital Library.

  • Understand important aspects of a preventive medicine program essential for all fields of veterinary medicine.

  • Become proficient with both routine laboratory diagnostic tests employed at the Zoo hospital.

  • Gain a working knowledge of husbandry practices unique to maintaining healthy exotic animals.

MINIMUM qualifications:

  • Two years of undergraduate pre-vet studies must be completed by the start date of the program.

  • The successful applicant must have at least 100 hours of experience in a traditional companion animal (dog, cat, horse) and/or food animal (cow, pig, sheep) veterinary practice.

  • At least a 3.0 GPA

Please note: Applicants are objectively scored and ranked for this highly, competitive position.

Application process:

  • Submit a college transcript in the application materials (unofficial copy is OK).

  • Submit a personal statement indicating what you would bring to the program and what the program could do for you.

  • Submit a C-V or resume.

  • Submit a recommendation form. CLICK HERE to download the recommendation form and please have a veterinarian familiar with your experience and skill set fill it out.

  • Deadline for all applications is the second Friday in January. All applicants will  be informed of whether or not they were chosen by the second Friday in February.

All materials should be sent to:

Dr. Jeff Wyatt | Seneca Park Zoo
2222 St. Paul St. | Rochester, NY  14621