Job Openings >> Veterinary Technician Internship - 2023
Veterinary Technician Internship - 2023
Title:Veterinary Technician Internship - 2023

Internship: Veterinary Technician
Location: Onsite
Seasons and Application Deadlines: 

  • Spring - January 5
  • Summer - March 1
  • Fall - June 1

Please note: Enrollment in, or graduation from, an accredited Veterinary Technician program is required for this internship.

Internship Overview: 

This career learning experience allows veterinary technician interns to learn and participate in the day to day workings of an aquarium animal hospital, which provides care for a large collection of fishes, marine and terrestrial mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Working closely with veterinary technicians and veterinarians, they will experience and assist in exotic animal medicine including routine health care, treatments, and procedures.


  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values
  • The preparation and execution of routine medical procedures including but not limited to radiology, ultrasonography, anesthesia monitoring, surgery and endoscopy.
  • The preparation and administration of treatments including but not limited to phlebotomy, gavage feeding, fluid therapy, restraint and other supportive care treatments.
  • The operation of medical equipment including ultrasound, radiology, laser therapy, microscopes and anesthesia machines.
  • Diagnostics including but not limited to cytology, hematology, microbiology and sample analysis.
  • Necropsies including collecting and preparing samples for evaluation.
  • Partner with staff to maintain the hospital including cleaning, organizing and stocking supplies, and other tasks as directed.
  • Complete a project to present at the end of the internship on a subject of the intern supervisor’s and student’s choosing.
  • Other projects as assigned.


Fields of Interest: 

  • Sincere interest in a Veterinary Technician career at a zoo, aquarium, wildlife, or conservation organization.


  • Enrollment in an accredited veterinary technician program is required. Postgraduates accepted.
  • Completion of an exotics animal medicine course preferred.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Familiarity with basic animal hospital and laboratory procedures and standards
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team.
  • Ability to communicate openly and professionally.
  • Willingness to ask questions and to collaborate toward solutions.
  • Ability to lift objects of 40 pounds or more as well as bend, crouch, squat and carry equipment.

Time Commitment: 

  • Available for at least four weeks, and 36 hours per week. The preferred schedule is Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

This is an unpaid internship. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and transport. Shedd Aquarium is accessible via public transit. 
We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, Veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. 
If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs). 

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