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Veterinary Preceptorship/Externship

The Georgia Aquarium provides veterinary students the unique opportunity to gain experience in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. We are fortunate to have a nutritionist, full commissary staff, a water chemist and team of veterinary and laboratory technicians. There are three full time clinical veterinarians and a veterinary resident. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have an established aquatic veterinary pathology program as well as a growing clinical partnership with the zoological medicine service. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital with equipment comparable to that found at a teaching hospital or specialty practice.

Our externship program runs September through June similar to the academic year. All materials must be submitted by October 1st of the preceding academic year, with decisions being made by October 31st. For example, applications for the academic year Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 are due by October 1, 2014.

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Required application materials:
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Veterinary School transcript, electronic copy (unofficial is acceptable)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 3 sets of available dates in order of preference
  • To apply, submit all of the above to with "Vet Extern Program" in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the student's responsibility to check that their information packet is complete. 

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