Cool Vet Tech Internships (2020)

Who’s to say a vet tech internship can’t be educational, rewarding, and cool all at once? Internships provide current students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain real world experience while still learning closely under the supervision of more experienced vet techs and veterinarians. They may provide you the opportunity to dive deeply into a specialty of veterinary medicine or even expose you to new and exciting fields.

The internships below skip grabbing coffee or making coffee, providing students the opportunity to learn by doing. They also provide a twist on traditional vet tech internships, offering the chance to give hands-on care to a variety of species. Many are based in zoos or animal rehabilitation facilities, while others cater to large farm animals or even marine mammals. For facilities with animal hospitals or specialized clinics, they even provide specialized training in high-demand areas like veterinary radiology, necrology, animal husbandry, emergency medicine, sedatives and anesthesia, surgical care, and more.

Looking for exciting vet tech internships to gain additional experience and build your career? Look no further than the 25 internships below.

City : Grass Valley
State : California

The Animal Place provides two- to three-month full-time (40 hours per week) internships for students interested in learning about animal care, particularly as related to farm animals.


Interns learn about feeding and cleaning, assist in providing daily medication, and come to understand proper animal handling. Interns are provided housing, as well as scholarship opportunities to help cover costs for food and medical insurance. Note that interns should be in good physical health.

City : Kendalia or San Antonio
State : Texas

A vet tech internship is available for students with a bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and an interest in entering a vet tech or veterinary school program.


Interns can choose between the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation campuses in either Kendalia or San Antonio, Texas. This internship includes extensive work with native Texas wildlife, including squirrels and songbirds, as well as companion animals. Applicants must commit to a three-month internship, which includes ten hours per week. In that time, interns also complete an education project of their choosing.

City : Lynnwood
State : Washington

PAWS offers a twelve-week internship to students who are currently in a vet tech program. Each internship is 40 hours a week, including holidays and weekends.. They are available in the spring, summer, and fall, allowing students to gain experience in different areas of wildlife rehabilitation medicine, including species identification, tube feeding, medication administration, proper animal husbandry, lab work, and more.


Students should apply the fall or winter of the year before their intended start-date, as decisions are made by January 1 annually. Note that internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. For those unable to make a full-time commitment, there are limited part-time internships available.

City : Hickman
State : Tennessee

Interns working at Peaceful Pastures, an all-natural meat producer and supplier, learn about animal husbandry, housing, and feeding. Among other things, they will also understand how to identify and treat common ailments that may be found in cows, sheep, and swine. This hands-on internship is available during the summer for those over the age of 18. Peaceful Pastures provides housing, a weekly stipend, and horse boarding.

City : Apple Valley
State : Minnesota

The Minnesota Zoo offers three-month paid and unpaid internships throughout the year for those interested in working with exotic and native animals. This includes caring for amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles, or invertebrates as a zoo keeper or even an animal husbandry assistant. Interns work under the direction of veterinarians, vet techs, and animal care specialists. Two letters of recommendation are required.

City : Jekyll Island
State : Georgia

Students in their final year or graduates of an accredited vet tech program are invited to apply for this internship enabling them to work with injured sea turtles, as well as other native wildlife including alligators, birds, and snakes. Interns may assist in the facility’s diagnostic lab, surgery, radiology, treatment room, and more. The deadline is generally April 1 for the summer internship and October 1 for the winter internship.

City : Boston
State : Massachusetts

Internships are available to students with two or more years of college courses in biology, zoology, or related fields with a 2.5 GPA or higher. The internships are available throughout the year for 40 hours per week, lasting three to four months. Students receive college credit. There are also a limited number of scholarships available.

City : Vienna
State : Virginia

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine offers paid internships for vet tech students who are interested in learning more about internal medicine, ophthalmology, oncology, emergency care, and more. Students rotate through various centers and can expect a hands-on experience in understanding what it is like to work as a vet tech.

City : Chicago
State : Illinois

This aquarium, home to more than 32,000 animals including fish, reptiles, and monkeys, provides opportunities for those who are either currently enrolled in a vet tech program or a graduate of one. Interns primarily work in the clinics or clinical pathology, but could spend time in microbiology or environmental quality lab areas. Applicants need to commit to a minimum of eight weeks and be available for 30 to 40 hours each week.

City : Toledo
State : Ohio

Students can apply for this three-month vet tech internship following graduation from a vet tech school. Students must complete one project during their internship and work under the supervision of two veterinarians and two vet techs. A three-month extension is possible. There is no compensation, but housing may be available nearby the zoo. Internships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

City : Jacksonville
State : Florida

Students in this six-month, full-time vet tech internship must have completed a vet tech program and be interested in the zoo field. Interns aid veterinarians and visiting researchers with medical exams, neonatal care, surgical procedures, and radiology. Housing and a small stipend are available. Internships are offered in the spring and summer. Interns receive a $1,466 monthly stipend and free housing.

City : Waynesboro
State : Virginia

This full-time, yearlong internship provides recent vet tech graduates the opportunity to dive into the world of wildlife medicine. Interns assist veterinarians, vet techs, and wildlife rehabilitators and learn about anatomy, anesthesia, hospital maintenance, lab analysis, radiography, the legal aspects of wildlife medicine, and more during their service. A living allowance and housing is provided.

City : Staten Island
State : New York

This internship offers vet tech students the opportunity to help with daily animal care and veterinary work in the zoo’s Animal Hospital and Nursery. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program in a field like biology, veterinary technology, zoology, or a closely related field. Recent graduates are also considered. Students must do a minimum three-month internship and be available two full days each week.

City : Cannon Falls
State : Minnesota

Vet tech internships are available at this clinic providing services for horses and small animals. Interns complete programs (four to six weeks minimum) and must be able to work 30 to 40 hours each week. Applicants need to currently be enrolled in an accredited vet tech program and have a particular interest in cats, dogs, and horses.

City : Sausalito
State : California

Interns must in their final year or a graduate of a vet tech program. They should be interested in marine life andable to commit to a two- or three-month internship. In that time, interns will expand their knowledge about marine mammals, the ocean environment, and global conservation.


The weekly schedule includes work on animal care and husbandry, clinical lab and necropsy, and clinical rotations through areas such as administering sedatives and anesthesia. Applications are due by January 31 each year.

City : Lexington
State : Kentucky

The Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers a dynamic, hands-on vet tech internship to students interested in equine veterinary medicine. Internships are full-time and typically run from January to June. As one of the largest equine hospitals in the world, vet tech interns will get the opportunity to work closely with some of the most esteemed equine medical professionals in the world.

City : Littleton
State : Colorado

This internship program is designed for current vet tech students who are in an accredited program and eventually want to work in a full-service equine hospital. In addition to horses, vet techs will work with cattle, goats, sheep and pigs. Note that this center also offers veterinary internships and externships. Internship applications are generally due in early October.

City : San Diego
State : California (other locations throughout the country)

This internship is intended for recent graduates of accredited vet tech programs, and features rotations that last over a year. Core and elective rotations and an overnight rotation are also part of the program. Interns will also be on-call and work over holidays as a regular vet tech might.

City : Gainesville
State : Florida

A 54-week vet tech internship is available to graduates of an accredited vet tech program who want to specialize in anesthesia, critical care, or emergency medicine. Core and elective rotations take from one to three weeks each. Overnight and weekend rotations are also part of the program. The internship includes an annual salary, health benefits, and ten days of paid time off (PTO).

City : Galveston
State : Texas

The vet tech training program available at Moody Gardens, a large outdoors animal attraction for the public, is intended for sophomore or above students in good standing at their school. Unpaid internships are available during the spring, summer, and fall. Interns must work at least 16 to 20 hours a week for three months or more during the school year and 20 to 40 hours a week during summer.

City : Knoxville
State : Tennessee

This program is primarily aimed toward graduates of accredited vet tech programs. Four interns are selected each year and are paid at an hourly rate. Health insurance is available and students may be able to live in the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine dorms at a reduced rate. Core and elective rotations are part of the program, and each internship lasts for a year.

City : Palmetto
State : Florida

Vet tech interns at this facility will assist a senior veterinarian and two vet techs by helping with surgical and preventative care, medical exams, neonatal care, and radiology. The facility is a non-profit canine-only center on a 35-acre campus where mostly labradors, golden retrievers and goldadors are raised to be guide dogs. Required internship hours are four hours a day for four days a week. Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall.

City : Roseville
State : Minnesota

Vet tech externships are available to students in their final year of a vet tech program. Interns are expected to work 20 to 30 hours a week assisting veterinarians and certified vet techs in their work and helping treat injured birds, reptiles, and mammals. Three interns are accepted during each of the spring and late summer sessions.

City : Walmanalo
State : Hawaii

Interns at Sea Life Park do not need to have previous vet tech experience to be able to work with the variety of marine animals such as seabirds, reef fish, penguins, and turtles at the park. They must be enrolled in (or recently completed) a program at an accredited college or university. Internships are 40 hours a week and include a three-phase training program, professional development seminars, and fish preparation. They will assist in treating animals, work in the lab, learn how to process samples and help with record keeping. There is no pay, but daily lunch is provided.

City : Murchison
State : Texas

Interns at this sanctuary—home to horses, primates, wildlife, farm animals and more—help with the operation of the sanctuary, learn about animal husbandry, and assist in medical and administrative duties. They aid the veterinarians, vet techs, and animal care staff, as well as complete an intern project. The internship offers a stipend on $200.00 per month and onsite housing. Interns need to commit to a minimum of 32 hours per week for a period of 12 weeks, and internships are available during the spring, summer, fall, and winter.


Methodology

The following criteria were used in compiling this list of 25 veterinary technician internships. Not all criteria applied to all internships, but many of the internships met the majority of the guidelines below.


1. Broad availability: Most of these internships are available to applicants nationwide and many of them have more than one internship available.

2. Interesting: Many internships of these internships offer a unique work experience, such as in native wildlife rehabilitation, zoology, or equine veterinary medicine.

3. Hands-on experience: All internships included provide robust hands-on experience. Some even offer core and elective rotations working alongside vet techs and veterinarians.

4. Advancing knowledge: The bulk of these internships are designed to expand the knowledge of students in the vet tech field through direct clinical and lab experience. Many of the internships included in this list require minimal administrative duties such as copying documents or grabbing coffee!

5. Outreach: Many of these organizations featured a social outreach component, working to make the larger community aware of important animal advocacy efforts.

Bree Nicolello (Writer)

Bree is an urban planner and freelance writer based in Seattle, WA. She has worked on land use and housing policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest. She previously led Run Oregon Run, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Oregonians run for office and apply to boards and commissions. When not writing, she is lovingly tending to her cast iron pans.