The Shadow Program is sponsored by the Texas A&M Pre-Vet Society for A&M students of any major interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine! Students will be matched with a veterinarian for an unpaid volunteer position observing clinical procedures and cases based on student interest and clinical availability. This is a great opportunity to observe different aspects of the profession that may provide guidance to a particular specialty or area of interest in this very diverse field of medicine!
Opportunities are based on veterinary participation and may not be available in all areas. Students must be motivated and possess respectable academic and moral integrity. Priority is based on year of graduation, the order in which applications are received, and overall participation in the Pre-Vet Society. Hours earned through the Shadow Program may not be used for points towards Pre-Vet Society distinguished membership.
As of Fall 2021, the Shadow Program will be available year-round for Winter, Spring, and Summer Sessions!
After each session, participating veterinary clinics and hospitals will be reassigned to different students. This allows all Pre-Vet Society members the opportunity to experience a variety of clinic environments.
NOTE: You must be a general member of Texas A&M Pre-Vet Society, meaning dues have been paid for the 2021-2022 year and the Member Contact Form must be filled out, prior to applying for the Shadow Program. Additionally, you must have health and automobile insurance in order to participate.
NOTE: The Shadow Program availability and sessions are subject to change due to COVID-19.
If a Pre-Vet Society member drops out of the Shadow Program for non-emergent reasons or fails to participate fully, the member will be barred from the program for two sessions and will not be eligible for Distinguished Membership for the current semester. When applying for the Shadow Program a second time, the member will be given last priority.
It is a requirement that you have a vehicle, or other means of transportation, in order to participate in the Shadow Program. By applying to the Shadow Program you are verifying that you have transportation in order to commute to and from the location at which you are matched. Texas A&M University Pre-Vet Society is NOT responsible for any parking permit fees, citation(s), or bus route conflicts. Please make sure to plan accordingly to arrive on time and anticipate any possible traffic delays. If you are driving to the clinic site, you must provide your automobile insurance information on the Risk Release Waiver.
Orientation and To-Do List
As of Spring 2021, the Shadow Program Orientation moved to a document format. It is up to members interested in applying to read this document and follow all guidelines within it. The To-Do List is meant to summarize all events and documents required when applying to the Shadow Program and whilst partaking in the Program so that members can ensure that they are fulfilling all requirements.
Creating a Resume
All applicants will be required to attend a Resume Workshop put on by Pre-Vet Society to help the applicant create a strong resume. Dates for Resume Workshops can be found on our Google Calendar and Events tab. Applicants can also have their resume verified by the Career Center by setting up an advising appointment here.
If you need assistance writing a professional resume, the Texas A&M University Career Center website has a downloadable Career Guide that’s an excellent resource for creating a resume and has an additional “Step-by-Step Guide on Creating a Great Resume” templates, videos, and pro-tips available to current students.
To access these additional features, click on the “Current Students” tab on the Career Center website which will prompt you to login using your Texas A&M NetID. Once your “Welcome [Student Name]” page opens, scroll down to the “Prepare for the Job Search” section, click on “Update your resumes and cover letters” option, and lastly click on the “Resume template” hyperlink which will redirect you to all the “Step-by-Step Guide on Creating a Great Resume” resources.
Creating PDF Documents
A free iPhone/Android application called CamScanner can generate a PDF file by utilizing the phone’s camera. The Liability Form will be the only form uploaded as a PDF; all other forms will be submitted via Google Docs. The Liability form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mentorship Program is for any Pre-Vet Society member who is looking to make connections and network with current vet students who will one day be their future colleagues. This program will take place each semester, but you are more than welcome to stay in contact with your mentor after the semester is over. Students will be matched with a vet student that they can meet with throughout the semester to discuss interests and career goals, as well as receive advice on different matters. In Spring 2021, all meetings for the Mentorship Program were held virtually over Zoom.
Applications to the Mentorship Program can be found here. Please note that spots are based on the mentor’s availability, therefore acceptance is on a first come first serve basis and applying does NOT guarantee you a spot.
Upon entry to the Mentorship Program, you must adhere to the Aggie Honor Code and therefore not discuss any class content with your mentor. If you are found in violation of this, you will be removed from the program.
Please note: You must be a general Member of Texas A&M Pre-Vet Society, meaning dues have been paid for the 2020-2021 year and the Member Contact Form must be filled out, prior to the closing of the application.