internships for vet students
Internships and externships for veterinary students
When you are looking to gain experience in the veterinary field, there are two types of programs that can help you do so: internships and externships. Both offer valuable opportunities for students to get their feet wet in different areas of the profession and decide what they want to focus on moving forward.
What’s the difference between an internship and an externship? An internship is more hands-on than an externship; unlike an externship, where you’re working under supervision with another vet, interns will typically have their own patients under their care. Another major difference is that internships typically last longer—often as long as a year or more—while most externships last several months at most.
Externships tend to be shorter programs because they’re designed for people who don’t want to commit a full year or two right out of school but still want some exposure before beginning work on their doctorate degree program (which usually involves getting some clinical experience). For example: if you’re interested in becoming a surgeon but aren’t sure if surgery’s for you yet, consider applying for an externship instead!
Internship programs for veterinary students
There are many internship programs available to veterinary students. Some of these include:
- Academic Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Internships, which offer paid internships in a variety of fields, including laboratory animal medicine and food safety.
- American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) Internship Program, which offers both paid and unpaid internships at zoos across the country.
- American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), which hosts an annual conference for veterinary students interested in pursuing careers in laboratory animal medicine. It also provides funding for some students to attend this conference as well as other professional development opportunities throughout the year. Students should contact their university’s chapter representative if they are interested in applying for any ACLAM scholarships or grants that may be available at their institution!
Veterinary Service Officer Internship Program
The Veterinary Service Officer (VSO) Internship Program is an excellent way for DVM students to gain valuable experience while they complete their degree. VSO interns help with animal disease surveillance, emergency responses, routine inspections and other related activities. Non-DVM students can also participate in this program by obtaining a VETERINARY TECHNICIAN DESIGNATION (VT).
Externships for veterinary students and DVM candidates
Externships are unpaid positions that generally last for a short period of time. They provide students with valuable real-world experience, and can lead to job opportunities down the road.
The responsibilities of an extern may vary depending on their field of study, but typically include:
- Performing administrative work such as filing and answering phone calls
- Assisting in surgery or other procedures
Externships give students invaluable hands-on experience that they can use when applying for jobs after graduation.
Veterinary student externship program at the Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta offers a veterinary student externship program during the summer months. The program runs for eight weeks, with students in their second half of their DVM programs participating. The Zoo’s veterinary hospital houses over 1,000 animals representing 250 different species. Students are assigned to a clinical area for the duration of the program: avian medicine and surgery; carnivore medicine and surgery; or small animal medicine and surgery.
Externship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a program that allows veterinary students to become externs. To be considered, you must be a veterinary student, an American citizen, and willing to work full time at the museum for three months.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact us at [email protected]
Wild horse and burro internship opportunities
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offers internship opportunities for vet students. Interns will assist in health evaluations, immunizations, and other health care procedures. They will receive hands-on training under the supervision of a veterinarian.
The BLM provides housing and a $1,200 monthly stipend. There are internships available at various times throughout the year, so you can choose which one best fits your schedule.
Veterinarian internship at the Sea Turtle Hospital in South Carolina
The Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with sea turtles. The hospital treats more than 200 sea turtles each year and has been open since 1985. It’s the only facility in North America that specializes in rehabilitating injured/ill sea turtles and releasing them back into their natural habitats.
This internship offers an opportunity for students who are currently enrolled at vet schools or colleges across the country, including those who are studying for their DVM degree or equivalent, as well as those studying wildlife biology or zoology.
The goals of this internship program include providing interns with hands-on training that can help them develop skills related to veterinary medicine; educating them about marine conservation and environmental issues; helping them understand how conservation efforts can benefit people as well as animals; and giving students exposure to working with large groups of diverse species (in this case, endangered sea turtles). In addition, internships provide a great chance for vet students to learn about working at an animal rehabilitation facility while gaining valuable experience in treating animals that need special care after being injured or ill due to human activity (such as pollution).
There are many opportunities to get internship experience as a vet student
If you’re a vet student, there are many opportunities to get internship experience. Some of these internships and externships are paid, but others are unpaid. Below is a list of the types of internships and externships available for vet students:
- Veterinary-related jobs (for example, working in a veterinary clinic)
- Animal care positions (such as working at an animal shelter or zoo)
- Job shadowing (following around someone who does the job you want to do)
- Working on your own research project under the supervision of a professor