Shadowing Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I have already decided on my chosen career. Since I have made my decision, do I need to job shadow?
A: That is a good question. It truly depends on the position you’re looking to invest time in. The schools for Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Technician will all include clinicals but most of them recommend that you shadow the jobs prior to applying to the colleges. The veterinarian programs at most schools are very competitive so many require that you work a certain number of hours in a clinic before applying to vet school. Reaching out to the school you’re looking to start at would be the best place to ask this question.

Q: Will I ever use the job shadowing skills I am developing again?
A: Yes. In veterinary medicine we have a lot of experiential learning. Books and videos are useful and necessary to provide a foundation, but fine skills and techniques are often shared through shadowing –interacting with someone who has mastered a skill.

Q: What clothes should I wear?
A: Think safety, comfort, and modesty. Wear soft-soled shoes with laces (commonly called tennis shoes) with closed toe and back to protect your feet; long pants that cover your ankles but do not drag the ground; a top that is comfortable, modest and can have a scrub top over it. No jewelry (corrective lenses are fine) and no perfume (it can stress out the cats and dogs at the clinic.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Bring a notebook, reusable water bottle and lunch if you’ll be joining us for more than 4 hours.

Q: I’m over 16 but under 18. Are there special rules?
A: Yes. You need the permission of your parent(s) or guardian to participate. The form will need to be signed by your parental guardian as well.

Q: Will I be able to help with the animals?
A: No, you’ll only be able to shadow and learn. Patient care can be dangerous for an untrained individual and as such, we’d like to keep you as safe as possible.

Q: Can I put this shadowing opportunity on my resume?
A: Of course!

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Animal Hospital of Lake Villa
101 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Lake Villa, IL 60046

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