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Internship: Small Animal Rotating (Medicine Emphasis)

Internship: Small Animal Rotating (Medicine Emphasis)

The Small Animal Rotating Internship with Medicine Emphasis program is a rotating internship with an emphasis on Small Animal Internal Medicine. It will provide excellent training for individuals with a strong interest in Internal Medicine, and will provide a focused experience for candidates planning to pursue residency training in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Clinical rotations include: internal medicine (30-31 weeks), oncology (2 weeks), cardiology (2 weeks), neurology (2 weeks), soft tissue surgery (2 weeks), radiology (1 week), anesthesiology (2 weeks), daytime emergency service (4 weeks) and ICU (2 weeks). An additional 2-3 weeks may be spent in an elective of the intern’s choice and 3 weeks are provided for independent study. Interns assume primary case management responsibility under the direct guidance and supervision of faculty service members. Participation in clinical instruction of fourth year students is expected. A required one-week orientation program preceds the internship. Presentation of a seminar is required (30 minutes), delivered to an audience of faculty, house officers and students.

The faculty intern program coordinator provides guidance and serves as liaison throughout the program. The intern will also be assigned a faculty advisor in his or her area of interest. Formal course work is not included in the program, but a series of didactic lectures and discussions (led by faculty and residents) are included in this internship program. A North Carolina license can be obtained after arrival through our institutional employment licensing agreement at no cost to the intern. Professional liability insurance is furnished with the program. Two weeks of vacation (12 days) is given and is to be scheduled during elective rotation times. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

Applicants to this program should submit three letters of recommendation from board certified clinicians or faculty who have worked directly with the applicant in the hospital setting and can attest to the clinical proficiency of the applicant in any of the pertinent clinical specialties. Factors favoring selection of the applicant include letters of recommendation that indicate superior clinical skills, a strong academic record (e.g., GPA >3.0/4.0) and a record of activities demonstrating good leadership and interpersonal skills. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Karen Tefft at

Program Coordinators


This internships participates in the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ (AAVC) Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) when a position is available.


Information for International Applicants

Preference is given to applicants who have graduated from a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. If you wish to apply for an internship or residency program things to keep in mind: