It’s cold outside, I constantly have my space heater turned on and I’ve always got a blanket handy, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about my summer plans. I probably won’t be heading back home full time over the summer, so that has left me looking for new opportunities for work here around the veterinary school. Here are a few of my discoveries!
First, my university obviously has a veterinary teaching hospital where first-third year vet students are always welcome to shadow. The perks of this are that I would get to meet a lot of the faculty that I’ll be working more with in fourth-year, and I would get to see some pretty cool cases. The only downside is that it’s not paid.
Another opportunity to look into are programs through several of the large chain veterinary clinics specifically for vet students in their pre-clinical years. There are opportunities to work/shadow a vet in a clinical setting, and some of them are even paid!
Something that would be a lot of fun and great experience if you are interested in exotic animal medicine would be to volunteer or intern at a zoo. I did a short zoo internship, though they also offered summer and month-long internships as well and it was an eye opening experience! They had on-site housing for students as well as a kitchen and lounge so you could really make it your home for however long you were there!
Finally, your school may have research opportunities that you can be hired to help with. Some of it may actually be within the veterinary school so you can research relevant topics in veterinary medicine.
I’m not sure yet what my summer plans hold, but I am excited to find out!