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Veterinary Opportunities for Pre-Health Students

General Opportunity

Volunteers for Ecological & Humanitarian Projects
Israel, South Africa, Kenya, Nepal, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Portugal and Thailand

Description: GoEco presents an exciting travel concept for people who are eager to travel and to contribute at the same time to the welfare of the local population and ecosystem they visit. You will visit amazing sites around the world, where you will be able to join, with other like-minded people, nature conservation and humanitarian projects supported by local communities.

Eligibility: Volunteer projects usually require the following minimum requirements: Age 18 and above (for most projects); Reasonable standard of English; Good physical condition; Flexibility to live in a different environment with changes in diet, living conditions, weather and with people from all over the world, etc; Meet the basic conditions listed in the Project Registration Form You should know that there are also projects that accept families with children.

Duration: Certain projects have strict date requirements, but many projects are quite flexible and often can accommodate your timetable. We therefore suggest that you read as much as possible about the country that you are going to and ask for guidance from the GoEco team and the project managers.

Contact: Rozanis 13, Tel Aviv 
Phone: ++972(0)3 6474208


San Diego Zoo
San Diego, CA

Description: Conservation and Research for Endangered Species offers Summer College Student Fellowships in various areas of research at the Zoological Society of San Diego's center for Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES). Since 1975, CRES has made opportunities available to interested and qualified students in order to gain research experience in the field of zoological conservation research. CRES is made up of a diverse and dynamic research team, including the divisions of Applied Animal Ecology,Applied Plant Ecology,Behavioral Biology,Genetics, Reproductive Physiology, and Wildlife Disease Laboratories.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing scientific careers relating to the scientific disciplines represented at CRES are welcome to apply.

Duration: 12 Weeks
Deadline: March 16

Contact: Student Fellowship Selection Committee
Attention: Katika Bade
Conservation and Research for Endangered Species
Zoological Society of San Diego
15600 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7000


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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, CA

Description: Provides large and small animal veterinary experience through rotations at the veterinary medical teaching hospital. Program also provides workshops, preparation for the GRE and speakers from various veterinary fields. The program does not provide room board or stipend.

Eligibility: Underrepresented ethnic minority undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Must have completed at least on year of undergraduate education with a 2.5 gpa.

Duration: 5weeks
Deadline: May 5

Contact: Yasmin Williams, Program Director
University of California, Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of the Dean – Student Programs
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8734

Phone: (530) 752-1383

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Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL

Description: Internship program offers work in many departments including, small mammal house, seven seas panorama, Australia house, animal hospital, children’s zoo, conservation biology, birds, hoofed stock, primates, nutrition or fragile kingdom.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed two years of college, have a minimun GPA of 2.5, and show an interest in animals. 6 week (5 days/week, 40hrs/week) minimum commitment.

Duration: 6-12 weeks
Deadline: February 1

Contact: C.E.L.O. Program
Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513

Phone: (708) 688-8449

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New England Wildlife Center
South Weymouth, MA

Description: Wildlife Medicine Internships at The Center are variable in length and are free of charge. Housing is available on a very limited basis for a fee of $50.00 a week. The Center treats approximately 3,000-5,000 native and naturalized wild animals representing 225 species per year. Student interns perform as the primary work force of the Center. They are responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of a nonprofit wildlife animal hospital. All skills are taught to the students by full-time, on staff veterinarians, a certified veterinary technician, an office manager and a resource development officer.

Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years old. You must have insurance. You must provide proof of being pre-vaccinated for Rabies. 4. You must provide proof of being pre-vaccinated for Tetanus.

Contact: Internship Coordinator
New England Wildlife Center
500 Columbian Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190


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Tufts Univ. School of Veterinary Medicine
North Grafton, MA

Description: Intensive one and two-week programs include short courses; clinical and surgical rotations; speakers and videos; discussions; a field trip and team project. Tuition is $950 and includes course, program materials, lab fees and daily lunches. Housing is optional at additional cost. There is a $20 application fee.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled or who have recently graduated from college are eligible for all college sessions.

Deadline: Rolling
Duration: 1-2 weeks

Contact: Office of Special Programs
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine
Tufts Univ. School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: (508) 839-7962

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New York


Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY

Description: The Education Department of the Bronx Zoo offers summer internships for junior and senior undergraduates. Summer interns are expected to work 30-35 hours per week.

Eligibility: Experience in teaching is highly desirable, interest in wildlife and the ability to relate to children are essential. Applicants should be 3rd and 4th year undergraduates in good standing. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Duration: full summer (approx. 10 weeks)
Deadline: Materials due two months prior to start of internship

Contact: The Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
(718) 220-5100

Fax: (718) 365-3300

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Seneca Park Zoo
Seneca, NY

Description: Pre-Vet Fellowship is a ten-week summer program that allows pre-vet fellows to assist veterinary staff in all aspects of the veterinary care program. They will also complete a research project jointly identified by the fellow and the veterinary staff. Fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $250.

Eligibility: Minimum qualifications include: completion of at least two years of study in a prevet curriculum, at least a 3.0 gpa and at least 100 hours of experience in a large and small animal veterinary hospital.

Duration: 5 weeks
Deadline: January 2

Contact: Jeff Wyatt DVM, MPH
Seneca Park Zoo
2222 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621


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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland, OH

Description: The Animal Care Division offers a limited number of paid summer internships. The number of internships vary between 6-10 in accordance with the needs of the Zoo for that particular summer. The selection process for these internships is highly competitive. Applicants should be currently enrolled in a Biology, Zoology, or related college degree program. The Animal Care Division does not accept volunteers.

Eligibility: Anyone 16 years of age with an Ohio driver's license and a good driving record may apply.

Contact: Cleveland Metroparks
Department of Human Resources
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Ohio 44144



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Zoological Society of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Description: The Internship Program at the Philadelphia Zoo avails students to work in a number of different areas including animal care (children’s zoo), animal nutrition, animal records management, environmental education, etc. Most internships are unpaid, but may be eligible for college credit.

Eligibility: Varies with each intern position, but most require students to have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be college juniors or seniors.

Duration: negotiable
Deadline: March

Contact: Human Resources
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196

Phone: (215) 243-5219

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Southwest National Primate Research Center
San Antonio, TX

Description: The Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) provides educational and training opportunities for a limited number of students during an 8-10 week summer session. Both undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D. and veterinary) students at accredited academic institutions are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: Both undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D. and veterinary) students at accredited academic institutions are welcome to apply.

Duration: 8-10 Weeks
Deadline: February 26

Contact: Southwest National Primate Research
Center P.O. Box 760549
San Antonio, TX 78245-0549
Phone: 210-258-9883


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Preprofessional Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-6378

Fax: 212-854-2562

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.