internships for veterinary students
One 12-month internship is offered each year.
An internship is offered annually and lasts for one year, from July 1 to June 30. The internship term runs parallel to your college year, so you’ll start in July and end in June. If you’re interested in our one 12-month internship position then please fill out the application below by January 15th of the year that you want to start your internship (e.g., if you want to start your internship program in 2020, then make sure that everybody has received their application packets by January 15th 2020).
The internship begins July 1 and ends June 30.
This internship begins July 1 and ends June 30. The internship is available to any accredited veterinary school graduate who is eligible for licensure in the state of Washington, and who can provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 internship year.
The applications are available online.
To apply, you will need to submit:
- A completed application form (please include your name, email address and phone number at the top right of this document)
- A resume or CV detailing your work experience with animals (attach in Word/PDF format)
- A letter of recommendation from a veterinarian familiar with your work (this can be emailed separately by their recommender)
You must have graduated from an accredited veterinary school to be eligible for the residency program at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
In order to be eligible for the residency program, you must have graduated from an accredited veterinary school. The AVMA accredits veterinary schools in the United States and Canada and provides a list of all of their accredited schools on their website. In addition, there are other associations that accredit veterinary schools overseas, including the ECFVG (European College of Veterinary and Comparative Medicine).
It is important to note that not all schools listed as “accredited” by these organizations are recognized by either the AVMA or any other association; this means they may not offer a degree which will allow you to sit for licensure exams after graduation.
You must also be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington.
To be eligible for a veterinary internship, you must also be a graduate of a veterinary school accredited by the AVMA.
To become licensed in Washington, you must pass an exam known as the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). The NAVLE consists of three parts:
- A multiple-choice section that covers basic veterinary sciences and animal health management
- A clinical knowledge section covering areas such as small animal surgery, large animal internal medicine and reproductive disorders
We require proof of citizenship or permanent resident status before you can be considered a candidate and submitted to CSFVS program directors.
To be considered as a candidate, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, with proof of citizenship or permanent resident status before you can be considered a candidate and submitted to CSFVS program directors.
- Have graduated from an accredited veterinary school in the United States that has been approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). If your school is not AVMA-approved, please contact us directly for more information about our partnership program with them.
- Be eligible for licensure in Washington State as a veterinarian after graduating from an accredited veterinary school or program and completing one year (12 months) of postgraduate internship training under supervision at an accredited veterinary facility recognized by the state of Washington’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Office (DLRO). You will need to have completed all requirements necessary for licensure before starting your internship with CSFVS; if you still have some requirements like exams or practicums left when it comes time for those things during your time here at CSFVS, feel free ask us about taking care of them while we’re working together!
If you’re not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must apply for J-1 Visa support through the CSFVS program before we’ll accept you into our programs.
To apply for a J-1 Visa, you must be sponsored by an outside organization. This means that the veterinary school cannot directly sponsor you. The only way for us to sponsor you is if your home country does not have a CSFVS program or if it does not have enough funding to fund your application fee. For example, there are no CSFVS programs in South Africa and Nigeria so we can’t help applicants from those countries get their J-1 visas. You must also be a citizen or permanent resident of your home country before applying and while studying in the U.S., but this doesn’t mean that everyone who is applying needs these things right away; just make sure they are ready when starting your internship!
To apply for the J-1 Internship Program:
- Be accepted into one of our academic programs (DVM/PhD)
- Be enrolled at an accredited university full time
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate education (BS/BA)
Please note that all of our Residency Programs are competitive, and it is unlikely that we will have room for all applicants to be offered interviews at WSU.
When applying to Residency Programs, please note that all of our Residency Programs are competitive, and it is unlikely that we will have room for all applicants to be offered interviews at WSU. The number of applicants is usually greater than the number of available positions. Applicants who are not accepted into one program may be considered for other programs if space becomes available during the year. A candidate’s level of interest in a program, as well as his or her qualifications for a specific specialization/rotation should be considered when making decisions about which programs to apply for or accept offers from.
Applicants must submit an application with their resume and personal statement by March 15th for consideration during the Summer Residency Program (July 1st start date). All applicants must also complete an online video interview prior to receiving an offer (no exceptions). If you cannot attend our in-person interview day on March 28th in Pullman or via video conference, please contact us immediately so we can discuss alternative arrangements!
The Committee reviews applications based on general interest and qualifications relevant to each specialty area; however having medical experience related directly relevant skill sets within veterinary medicine does not guarantee acceptance into any given program at WSU or elsewhere.”
Our program can help you become a better veterinarian
We offer a wide range of opportunities to learn, practice, and improve your skills in a variety of areas.
- Mentorship from experienced veterinarians
- Opportunities to practice and improve skills at our clinic or other veterinary facilities
- The chance to learn about the latest technologies and procedures for animals
- The chance to learn about the latest research in the field
- The chance to teach and mentor other veterinarians