To foster career exploration in young adults, the Seneca Park Zoo offers an five-week, funded research and clinical internship, the AAB Pre-Vet Summer Fellowship. The Zoo’s Director of Animal Health and Conservation and head veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Wyatt, heads the program. He was able to answer a few questions below to engage college students aspiring to become veterinarians, as well as high school students that are interested in pursuing this career path in college. PLEASE NOTE: The AAB application deadline, originally set for Jan. 11, 2013 has been extended to Feb. 1, 2013. You can even read about some of our past interns’ experiences here.
Q: What does this internship offer that sets it apart from any other pre-vet internship available?
A: This is the only funded ($250 per week) plus free dorm housing internship for a pre-vet student in North America!
Q: What would a competitive resume consist of for the AAB application process?
A: The same as for a top applicant for vet school admission. Two plus years of college in a pre-vet undergraduate program, over 1,000 hours completed in BOTH traditional companion (dog/cat) and large animal (horse/cow) veterinary practices, an excellent letter of support from a vet and a great GPA (close or equal to 4.0 for the last ten years of successful AAB candidates).
Q: What does the cross sectional research project include and how will the interns benefit from it?
A: The Zoo and intern will benefit by having a project completed that will answer questions important to the Zoo and the Zoo’s animals.
Q: How has the internship impacted career success for previous interns?
A: Nearly all of our past interns are happy and successful in various vet care programs across zoos and exotic animal disciplines.
Q: What is some advice you can give for aspiring high school students to prepare for a college/career path in veterinary medicine?
Go to Cornell’s Web site and do a Friday vet school tour. Be competitive and strategic with your prep…as well as have fun!