25 Cool Veterinary Technician Internships

Who’s to say a vet tech internship can’t be educational, rewarding, and cool all at once? These internships provide some interesting twists on the traditional. Many are based in zoos or animal rehabilitation facilities, and offer an opportunity to provide supervised, hands-on animal care to a diverse variety of species. Some cater specifically to large farm animals or marine mammals. Those that are hospital-based or practice-based typically offer specialized training in an area such as veterinary radiology, anesthesia, or surgical care.

City : Grass Valley
State : California

The Animal Place provides internships for students interested in learning about animal care particularly as related to farm animals. Interns will learn about feeding and cleaning, assist in providing daily medication, and come to understand proper animal handling. Interns are asked to give 40 hours a week for a minimum of eight weeks. Good physical health is also needed.

City : Kendalia
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 veterinarian school program. Applicants must make a one-year commitment working a minimum of 50 hours per week. Housing and a $350 monthly stipend is offered.

City : Lynnwood
State : Washington

PAWS offers an externship to students who are currently in a vet tech program and includes rotations that are generally two to four weeks long. These are available from April 1 through July 31 and allow students to gain experience in wildlife rehabilitation medicine. Students should apply the fall or winter of the previous year as decisions are made by Jan. 1 of that upcoming year.

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, goats and swine. This hands-on internship is available during the summer for those over the age of 18.

City : Apple Valley
State : Minnesota

Vet tech interns are needed to work a minimum of eight weeks anytime from April to August to help care for amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles or invertebrates. Interns will work under the direction of veterinarians, vet techs and animal care specialists. Two letters of recommendation are required and the application deadline is Feb. 1 for the upcoming season.

City : Jekyll Island
State : Georgia

Last-year students or graduates of an accredited vet tech program are invited to apply for this internship enabling them to work with injured seat turtles as well as other native wildlife such as alligators, birds and snakes. The intern could assist in the facility’s diagnostic lab, in surgery, in the radiology suite, in the treatment room and in other areas. Deadline is April 1 for the summer internship and October 1 for the winter internship.

City : Boston
State : Massachusetts

Internships are available to students in their last year of an accredited vettech program that is focused on exotic or wildlife medicine. The internships are available over the summer on a five-week basis and offer students credit for their service. Veterinarians, vet techs or staff members will always supervise or be with students, but students might work independently on some projects.

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 vet tech intern opportunities for those who are either currently enrolled in a vet tech program or a graduate of one. Interns will 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 six week and be available for 30 to 40 hours each week.

City : Toledo
State : Ohio

Students can apply for this three-monthvet tech internship following graduation from a vet tech school. Students must complete one project during their internship and will 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 vet tech internship must have completed a vet tech program and be interested in the zoo field. The intern will aid veterinarians and visiting researchers and help assist in medical exams, neonatal care, surgical procedures, and radiology. Housing and a small stipend are available. The deadline is Oct. 1.

City : Waynesboro
State : Virginia

Start dates are flexible for this internship, but vet tech interns must work 40 hours a week. Interns will 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. Housing may also be available.

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 similaror be a recent graduate. 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 can complete programs four to six weeks minimum in length 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 be currently enrolled in or a graduate of a vet tech program and can do internships of any length from three weeks to six months. Two to four internship are available annually and on a seasonal basis. Students expand their knowledge about marine mammals, the ocean environment, and global conservation.

City : Lexington
State : Kentucky

A three-month vet tech internship is available to students and allows them to complete 150 of observation hours for school credit at about 12.5 hours a week. Much of the internship is hands-on and involves assisting the vet techs at the Institute. The application deadline is April 20 for the upcoming year.

City : Littleton
State : Colorado

This internship program is designed for current vet tech students who are in an accredited programand eventually may want to work in a full-service equine hospital. The medical center serves cattle, goats, sheep and pigs as well and veterinary internships and externships are also available.

City : San Diego
State : California

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 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 will take from one to three weeks each and overnight and weekend rotations will also be part of the program. The internship lasts for one year and includes an annual salary and health benefits.

City : Galveston
State : Texas

The vet tech training program available at Moody Gardens, a largeoutdoors animal attraction for the public, is intended for sophomore or above students in good standing at their school. Internships are available during the spring, summer, and fall and a three-hour orientation is typically required.

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.

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 four days a week.

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 35 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 ofthe spring and late summer sessions.

City : Walmanalo
State : Hawaii

Interns at Sea Life Park do 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 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 ranch, home to horses, burros, bison, antelopes, and more, will help with the operation of the sanctuary, learn about animal husbandry and assist in medical and administrative duties. They will aid the veterinarians, vet techs and animal care staff, and do an intern project. 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 Cool Vet Tech internships. Not all criteria applied to all internships, but many of the internships met the majority of these guidelines: 1. Broad availability:Most of these internships were available to applicants nationwide; as well, many had more than one internship position available. 2. Interesting: Many internships offered a unique work experience, such as in wildlife rehabilitation, at a zoo, or in an animal hospital. 3. Hands-on experience:All internships provided hands-on experience, with some even offering core and elective rotations working alongside vet techs and veterinarians. 4. Advancing knowledge:The bulk of these internships sought to expand the knowledge of students in the vet tech field through direct clinical and lab experience. Administrative duties were minimal in most. 5. Outreach: Many of these organizations featured a social outreach component, working to make the larger community aware of important animal issues; as a result, many used social networking sitesto promote their cause.

Barry Franklin (Editor)

Barry is the Managing Editor of VetTechColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Previously, Barry served as a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. In addition to running editorial operations at Sechel, Barry also serves on the Board of Trustees at a local K-8 school, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He presently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and their black maltipoo.