Preceptors in this eight week (US) or 10-12 week (international) program will receive clinical training in captive zoological medicine, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals (marine and terrestrial), reptiles, and invertebrates. The program is designed in compliance with the mentorship and training requirements of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) Education Committee for a preceptorship.
Successful completion of the preceptorship will provide the student:
- Mentorship with ACZM and ECZM (ZHM) Diplomates.
- Involvement in the medical, diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic management of the collection in a nationally recognized zoological and aquarium facility (American Zoo and Aquarium Association).
- Participation in remote drug delivery, clinical pharmacologic protocol design, radiograph positioning, sample collection, venipuncture/catheter placement, anesthetic monitoring and endotracheal tube placement, gross necropsy protocols, and other clinical procedures as assigned.
- Understanding of husbandry and nutrition specific to each taxa within the collection.
- Knowledge of anatomy, parasitology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, preventive medicine, taxonomy, and toxicology within zoological and aquarium facilities.
- Experience in preparation and presentation of professional topics in captive zoological medicine through journal reviews, keeper and staff discussions, case report, and in-house seminars.
- Standardized record keeping by computerized system, current with the zoo community standards.
- Appropriate time to complete clinical investigation, literature reviews, and project preparation.
Director of Veterinary Services
Kathryn Gamble DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Dip. ECZM (ZHM)
Kate A Gustavsen PhD, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Karen Terio DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP (chief)
Kathleen Colegrove DVM, PhD Dipl ACVP
Martha Delaney DVM, Dipl ACVP
Mike Kinsel DVM, Dipl ACVP
Jaime Landolfi DVM, Dipl ACVP
Adjunct Facility Specialties
Behavior and Environmental Enrichment
Urban Wildlife Management
David Bernier MNPA
Dan Boehm (small mammals, reptiles, hoofed animals)
Jill Moyse MNPA (primates)
Michael Murray (mammals – marine, carnivores, megavertebrate)
Sudona Nelson MS (birds)
MedVet Chicago external partner providing services*; additional consultants indicated
Isoflurane vaporizers on portable machines (5), including 1 large animal; Demand valve (Zubinator 2021)
Dan-inject, Telinject, Pneu-Dart (active use); Cap-chur (demonstration)
Adult medical mobile w/ probes (3); GE Phillips w/ cardiac (pediatric, adult, transesophageal), abdominal probes (4); IBEX portable ultrasound w/ abdominal, rectal probes (2)
Digital (CR) - table top, MinXray portable, mammography, MinXray dental hand-held
Rigid (Storz) – standard arthroscope (2020); Flexible (Storz) – 1 m flexible; 3 m flexible (2020); video monitor (Storz)
Pulse oximetry – standard and mouse; blood pressure, EKG, Doppler, capnography, blood gas (see clinical pathology), petMAP (2021); SurgiVets (2)
Radiocautery, CO2 laser
Ophthalmo-/otoscope, slit lamp, Tonopen, ultrasonic dental cleaning (2019); oxygen incubator chamber; EKG loop recorder reader; Bair Hugger; Heska fluid pump; power dental float
TRACKS; PACS; prescription label printer; transponder reader
Internal: cytology; Alinity and VetScan chemistry; urinalysis; hematology; coliform culture. External: chemistry; serology, virology, cultures, molecular diagnostic laboratory (ZooPath Program – internal client)
Students are expected to be engaged in the program Mon-Fri 8 hours/day; emergency and weekend procedures are possible. Generally a 40-50 hour work week including clinical and didactic programming.
- Active participation in clinical medicine at the institution during the program – including discussions on diagnostics, therapeutics, and husbandry.
- Technical skills commensurate with experience in veterinary medicine.
- Completion of a case report or research project in captive zoological or aquatic medicine.
- Participation in institutional journal review sessions.
- Completion of self-assessment modules: reproductive biology, parasitology, toxicology, radiology.
- Maintenance of a daily activity log.
However, there is a nearby hostel which has an agreement with the Zoo to economize the housing for students. Mentor also investigates potential house-sitting or house sharing options with staff for the student.