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Internship: Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

This internship is designed to provide primary emergency duty as well as supervised rotations in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with senior faculty members. Emergency duty will be either directly supervised or residents and faculty will provide consultation and clinical support. Emergency receiving shifts are typically daytime or second shift and may include weekends and holidays. The intern will assume primary case management responsibility while on the emergency service and will be expected to participate in the supervision and instruction of general small animal rotating interns and senior veterinary students. ICU shifts will be daytime with direct ECC faculty supervision.  During the second half of the year, ECC interns rotate through an overnight shift where they provide supervision of rotating interns in both ER and ICU.  The intern will also be required to rotate through the Internal Medicine Service (4 weeks); and may select an additional 2-4 weeks on elective rotations tailored to the intern’s interests. Two weeks of vacation time are also provided. Formal course work is not included in the program, however the candidate will be encouraged to complete a research project and attend and participate in journal club and board preparation rounds. This program is ideal for applicants that have already completed a small animal rotating internship that are interested in pursuing advanced training in ECC, small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, anesthesia or surgery.

Factors favoring selection of the applicant include completion of a small animal rotating internship, 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 communication and interpersonal skills.

Program inquiries may be directed to Dr. Sarah Musulin (

Program Coordinators

Sarah Musulin

Assoc Clinical Professor


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:

  1. Have your degree translated and evaluated by a reputable company. Options include: Josef Silny & AssociatesTrustforte Corporation, and World Education Services
  2. Some programs require the TOFEL exam to qualify for a internship or residency position.
  3. Most foreign interns and residents are appointed to H-1B visas.
  4. To ensure that a foreign national candidate has the H-1B visa at the start of their program the candidate will be asked to pay for the premium processing filing fee of $1,225 USD, if necessary.
  5. Getting a visa takes between 4 and 6 months if the visa is expedited it takes approximately 15 business days.
  6. Take the initial steps and apply for The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program is accepted by all state veterinary regulatory boards and the federal government as meeting, either in part or full, the educational prerequisite for licensure or certain types of employment, respectively.