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Internship: Small Animal Rotating

The internship program in Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery is designed to provide a broad clinical experience under the supervision of senior faculty members primarily in internal medicine (8 to 9 weeks) and surgery (2 to 4 weeks), with specialty rotations through anesthesia, radiology, neurology, oncology and cardiology (2 to 4 weeks each). Four to six weeks of elective rotation time allow for optional rotations in other areas of interest. 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 precedes the internship. Interns are responsible for after-hours emergency and intensive care duties on a rotating basis for approximately 13-14 weeks and are required to remain in the hospital during this time. Residents and faculty provide back-up coverage. Presentation of a seminar is required, delivered to an audience of faculty, house officers and students.

The faculty Intern Program Coordinator provides guidance and serves as liaison throughout the program. In addition, all interns are assigned a faculty mentor in her/his proposed area of interest. Formal course work is not included in the program, however numerous labs, lectures and seminars are included in the 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 time is 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 the clinical faculty (preferably board certified) of their veterinary school who 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. Interviews are neither required nor encouraged. Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Karyn Harrell at


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.