Hi all, Sorry if the questions below are a repeat of other threads, I did a search and didn't find anything quite like my situation. I'm not expecting a paying job, just trying to find a place to shadow and/or volunteer once a week. So I work full time right now and will likely be doing the same through the next school year (2012-2013). I need the salary, and I've formed bonds with my coworkers and supervisors so they are expecting me to stay on at least another year. Trouble is, I feel like a little of the life is being sucked out of me. So, I'm trying to figure out the best way of getting the vet experience I want. I have something abroad lined up over the summer, but I really need more hours in the mean time - and I really want to learn more about the vet career. Here are the problems I've faced so far - although I've only asked at a few SA clinics: - Any time I've offered to volunteer at a clinic, they say they don't take volunteers unless you're associated with a program (for liability reasons). Anyone else encountered this? - I'm only looking to shadow or volunteer once a week, not get paid. Would you still suggest mailing a cover letter and resume to lots of clinics? The reason I ask is that If I'm only asking to shadow/volunteer, why would they spend their time reaching out to me and contacting me back? - Also, I would be totally interested in shadowing or volunteering with an equine vet, but am unfamiliar with horses or stables. How do you find a vet/place? Do you search for an actual traveling veterinarian or for a horse stable? Do you mail a resume/cover letter, or call? Thanks for your suggestions and support!