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CVM Visitor Program

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The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Visitor Program for veterinary practitioners, house officers, volunteers and students from other organizations to visit the Veterinary Hospital or other areas of the College as a way to share information and promote the growth of the veterinary profession.  If you are a current DVM student in your clinical year of study please visit our DVM Student Visitor page.

There is no charge for participation. Visitors are responsible for the cost of lodging and associated travel expenses. To apply:

  • Obtain an agreement of sponsorship from a faculty or staff member and confirm dates. Please review the available hospital services list below All individuals interested in visiting the College of Veterinary Medicine must confirm sponsorship and dates of visit with CVM faculty or staff prior to submitting application. 
  • Fill out the online application. Include your full legal name, sponsor name, visit dates, service you plan to visit and a short description of what you wish to accomplish while you are here at NC State.
  • All visitors will be required to sign a waiver of liability and complete a background check prior to the visit
  • International visitors are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa. If you need a visa, check to see if your country participates in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you don’t see your country listed, you will need a nonimmigrant visa to visit the U.S. and will apply for a B1 Visa.
  • All visitors are granted Observer Status only. Individuals granted Observer Status are not permitted to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine or patient care, including taking of a medical history, performing a physical exam or animal restraint, administering medications, performing or assisting in surgical procedures, performing diagnostic techniques, or administration/ monitoring of anesthesia, performing other treatment procedures, or providing diagnostic interpretations based on gross or histological pathology or other testing procedures. Observers must be accompanied by a member of the CVM team when observing patient care, treatment or diagnostic activities.

The maximum duration of each visit is 4 consecutive weeks, with no more than 2 services visited. Longer visits may be considered by sponsoring faculty.

For visitors requesting more than one clinical or diagnostic service area, all services must approve the proposed visit for their area, including the date and duration.

A minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is required prior to the requested dates.

Please allow up to four weeks for your application to be processed.

Available Services

You may request a visit to the Veterinary Hospital services listed below

ServiceAccepts visitorsSponsor contact nameSponsor contact email
NutritionyesDr. Korinn Sakerkesaker@ncsu.edu
DermatologyAccepts visitors already working as specialists or training to be specialists in dermatologyDr. Petra Bizikovapbiziko@ncsu.edu
Diagnostic ImagingyesDr. Nathan Nelsonncnelso2@ncsu.edu
DentistryyesJeannie Losey, RVT, VTSbjlosey@ncsu.edu
Pharmacy accept 1 day student "shadow" visits for interested pre-pharmacy studentsDr. Shelby Williams and Dr. Erica Earnhardtsrdenney@ncsu.edu ecearnha@ncsu.edu
Small Animal OrthopaedicsyesDr. Simon RoeSimon_Roe@ncsu.edu
Emergency and Critical CareyesKatie Bennett ktbennet@ncsu.edu
NeurologyyesDr. Natasha Olbynjolby@ncsu.edu
Cardiologyyes - 2 weeks maximumDr. Teresa DeFrancescotdefranc@ncsu.edu
Radiation Oncologyyes - 2 weeks maximumDr. Tracy Giegertlgieger@ncsu.edu
Clinical PathologyyesDr. Devorah Marks Stowedamarks@ncsu.edu
Medical RecordsyesValerie Ballveball@ncsu.edu
Ophthalmology yes - 2 weeks maximumDr. Hans Westermeyerhdwester@ncsu.edu
Anesthesiayes - DVM students and potential internship/residency candidatesDr. Julie Balkojabalko@ncsu.edu
Medical Oncologyyes - 2 weeks maximumDr. Steven Sutersesuter@ncsu.edu
Internal MedicinePotential internship or residency applicants onlyDr. Karyn Harrell (general rotating internship)
Dr. Karen Tefft (medicine emphasis rotating internship)
Dr. Adan Birkenheuer (Internal medicine residency or clinician investigator)
kaharrel@ncsu.edu ktefft@ncsu.edu ajbirken@ncsu.edu
BehaviorCurrently not accepting visitors
ExoticsUndergraduate and DVM student onlyDr Tara Harrisontmharri7@ncsu.edu
Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery YesDr. Kyle Mathewskmathews@ncsu.edu
Equine MedicineyesKarie Tuckerkltucke2@ncsu.edu
Equine SurgeryyesKobi Derkskobi_berger@ncsu.edu
Equine Orthopedicsyes - 2 weeks maximumCatherine McDonaldcmmcdona@ncsu.edu

If you have a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the activity, please contact Janice Cofield to discuss your needs at least 30 days prior to your visit.

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.

Internships and Residencies are available in our Veterinary Hospital. Additional information is provided by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ MATCH Program.

Contact: (919) 513-6786 | janice_cofield@ncsu.edu