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Practitioner Sabbatical Program

Practitioner Sabbaticals are designed for practicing Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/ Technologists who would like to develop a new skill by working closely with faculty, who have expertise in the target area, for a period of at least 1 day and no more than 3 weeks. Not all visits are considered sabbaticals.

Eligibility and Application Process: 

  • Veterinarians must identify a host mentor.
  • If the location for the sabbatical is within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), the host mentor must be on clinic duty during the sabbatical.
  • Purdue Veterinary Medicine (PVM) will identify a host mentor for veterinary technicians/technologists.
  • The host mentor will determine experience and credentials required for the sabbatical based on the goals stated by the applicant.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form at least 2 months prior to proposed start date.
  • International applicants must have an appropriate visa.
  • Applicants must comply with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Policy on Biosecurity Precautions. (PDF) 
  • Applicants must provide proof that they hold one million dollars ($1,000,000 US dollars) in liability insurance or they will not be allowed to do anything more than observe.
  • Applicants must provide proof of rabies vaccination or a signed waiver.
  • All client and patient contact must be under the direct supervision of an appropriate PVM faculty or staff member.

The fee for practitioner sabbaticals is $200/day. Financial assistance is available for U.S. citizens through the Bruce Sharp Memorial Endowment Fund to assist with the cost of fees, travel, lodging, food, etc. Application to the Practitioner Sabbatical Program must be submitted at least two months prior to your proposed starting date.

Download a Practitioner Sabbatical Program Application to get started.

Veterinarian Sabbatical Application Form (PDF)
Veterinary Technician/Technologist Sabbatical Application Form (PDF)