Veterinary Externships

Veterinary Externships

Fourth-year veterinary students

If you're a fourth-year veterinary student considering a career in shelter medicine, there's no better place to spend your preceptorship than right here at Best Friends! Here, you get hands-on training like nowhere else, working under some of the best veterinarians in the field. Under their guidance, you'll participate in making daily medical rounds of the sanctuary animals, practicing making diagnoses and offering treatment recommendations. You'll get experience interpreting diagnostic testing and giving opinions about medical treatments being used on particular animals.

In addition, if your surgical experience is appropriate, you'll perform spay/neuter surgeries and possibly other surgical procedures as well. Students will practice conducting scheduled appointments with the public, and may take part in some emergency situations as well. There's ongoing medical care for animals hospitalized at the sanctuary. And as time permits, special projects may be suggested or assigned. Best Friends has a beautifully-equipped, state-of-the-art veterinary clinic for homeless animals and some of the best vets on the planet. For future veterinarians interested in animal welfare we hope you'll come away feeling this was the preceptorship opportunity of a lifetime.

Preceptor application download

Veterinary technician

If you're enrolled in a certified veterinary technical program and you're interested in animal welfare or working in a sanctuary setting, then this externship is most definitely for you. The veterinary technician externship program is open to individuals, ages 20 and over, currently enrolled in a certified veterinary technician program and with at least six months of experience working in a clinical setting. If you are interested in pursuing a career within a sanctuary setting, this externship will be particularly beneficial.

This program gives you hands-on experience setting catheters, drawing blood, animal restraint, cleaning surgery, assisting in surgery, cleaning kennels, performing medical treatments on patients and helping with radiographs (if the student has taken a safety course). You may be asked to perform general care of hospitalized patients such as feeding, walking, cleaning living areas, some laboratory work (fecals, urinalysis, preparing lab samples) and assisting in cleaning the hospital at the end of the day. There may be other duties as assigned, depending always on the needs of the animal patients. But you'll always be under the supervision and guidance of a top-notch veterinary staff.

Veterinary technician application download

If you are a veterinary technician enrolled in school or a fourth-year veterinary student, you can find out more about our externship program by emailing us at learningexperience@bestfriends.org. You can also call us at (435) 644-2001, ext. 4564.