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If you are looking for alternative, non-traditional summer internships, jobs, or volunteer opportunities, then you've come to the right place. There are thousands of possibilities out there, but sometimes they are hard to find, or you don't realize how soon you need to apply. Below is a list of experiences of fellow vet students, listed by state.


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Listings By State:


Alaska Sealife Center- Research (also have Vet Internship program)

I helped compile and analyze blood work collected on the resident Steller sea lions at the ASLC. This species is endangered in Alaska and much of the research at ASLC focuses on endangered wildlife like Steller sea lions and eiders (birds). They also do research on orcas. A veterinarian actually heads the eider research program. I had minimal hands on experience with my position, but they have an excellent rehabilitation department and rehabilitation internships specifically for veterinary students. I had a wonderful experience in Alaska and interested students should visit the website and send in an application.

Student Contact: Kristie Conner, Class of 2007 - NEED UPDATED CONTACT!


Turpentine Creek Exotic Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs, Arkansas - Animal Caretaker Internship-volunteer

Duties included animal care including feeding, cleaning cages and habitats, administration of medical treatments, and enrichment. Animals were primarily rescued exotic felines such as tigers, lions, and cougars along with other exotic species of wildlife. Opportunity for hands on contact with large felines. Also responsible for educating public with guided tours.

Recommended: if you want to touch tigers, lions, cougars, want to learn general husbandry of large animals and wildlife, want to experience life in the Ozarks, or want to participate in a non-profit organization this would be a great experience. Warning: it is 7 miles from the nearest town and that is even further from the next town. Temperatures reach 100-110 degrees with high humidity so if you don't like sweating and manual labor outside this isn't for you.

Student Contact: Laura Kretchmer, Class of 2008 - NEED UPDATED CONTACT!


The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA

Non-Specific animal experience internships are available as are 1yr post-DVM pathology internships in conjunction with UC-Davis (Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology Internship).

Contact The Marine Mammal Center for information on possible 4th year Externships.



Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research -  Newark, DE

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. is offering externships in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation throughout the year. Length of externship is 3-4 weeks. Housing may be available; transportation is not provided.
Qualifications Externships must occur during the student's fourth year of veterinary education. Prior wildlife experience is beneficial but is not required. May be required to work weekends.

Contact:  Dr. Erica Miller at or 302-737-9543 ext.116 (for an application form)


Cape Wildlife Center, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

There is a house on site where interns live (at the time it was free, they may charge a nominal fee now), they also hired a few paid students each summer to work full time and live on site in addition to the volunteer interns. They see a wide variety of animals- birds, reptiles, mammals- everything from box turtles and songbirds and squirrels to raptors and mink and foxes. Interns are involved in all aspects of animal care, which means you have to clean cages and prepare diets, but you also get to administer treatments, give exams, take radiographs, and assist in surgery. We also did some acupuncture and homeopathy. It is hard work, and physically tiring with long hours (sometimes returning late at night to feed babies), but it is worth it. You get a lot of hands on experience with handling, tube feeding, giving fluids, and more. The area is also beautiful, although your free time is somewhat limited. It was a wonderful experience and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in wildlife rehab. For further information, or if you're interested in volunteering or participating in a student externship, please give them a call. You can reach by phone at 508-362-0111, by fax at 508-362-0268, or by e-mail

Student Contact: Jessie Keay, Class of 2007 - NEED UPDATED CONTACT!


AQUAVET® is sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, and presented in collaboration with three marine science institutions at Woods Hole, Massachusetts: the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It is a demanding educational experience requiring total involvement of participants during the entire period. At lease five and one-half days per week are scheduled, as are evenings, with all students taking part in every session. During the unscheduled hours there is opportunity for the informal exchange of ideas and information among students and faculty, many of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines. Because individual study time is limited, reading assignments are made available in advance when possible. There is little written work, but each student is required to prepare and present a seminar to the group during the course. The program is diverse, incorporating many topics relating to aquatic organisms, their environment, and the application of traditional veterinary disciplines to aquatic animals. To deal with this breadth of subject matter, faculty members are enlisted from a variety of backgrounds and fields of interest, and a broad range of learning situations are used. In addition to lectures, laboratories, student seminars and discussions, there are field trips, practicums and films.



United Stated Public Health Service,-JRCOSTEP at Poolesville, MD at the NIH Animal Center

This was the first summer that applied for the JRCOSTEP position through the United Stated Public Health Service, and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. That having been said, it was a very worthwhile experience. I worked under Dr. Doug Powell at the animal center primarily with the primates at the quarantine facility. My main duties were to assist with the delivery of medications and performing physical examinations. This job provides the unique opportunity to gain a lot of hands on clinical experience with primates doing blood draws, giving injections, and administering medications. I also observed surgeries as well as helped out with daily cases during clinical rounds. In addition to the primates, the animal center houses sheep, pigs, dogs, rabbits, mice, a cow and a llama, so there was plenty of opportunity to work with a variety of species. The summer COSTEP often is asked to help with some of the larger animals, so I spent a significant portion of time assisting with physical exams on sheep and pigs. I definitely learned a lot!

Student Contact: Sarah Beck, Class of 2007

United Stated Public Health Service,-JRCOSTEP at Bethesda, MD at NIH with Pathology Services under the Department of Veterinary Services

I was stationed for my second summer as a COSTEP at NIH in Bethesda with the veterinary pathologists in Pathology Services. This last summer my job involved assisting with afternoon necropsy service as well as preparing two pathology cases to be presented at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Wednesday slide conference. Being surrounded by extremely intelligent, accomplished pathologists all day long, I definitely learned a lot this summer!! They prefer to have students that have finished two years of vet school so that the student is farther along in their education, which I think does help some; however, a first year student will still gain a great deal from this experience and should not hesitate to apply if interested. There is a fair amount of research that is involved with this job, so if you don't like research and writing this might not be the best choice. There is also a LOT of hands on experience with necropsy, so if pathology is an interest at all for a student this would be a great choice for summer work! Personally, I thought that this summer was challenging but very worthwhile and enjoyable. It also provides a great opportunity to make great connections with veterinarians.

Student Contact: Sarah Beck, Class of 2007

Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology Summer Fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

3 students chosen for summer 2005, Short application is required

Stipend: $5,000

Great opportunity to learn research in epidemiology and public health. Numerous networking opportunities. Highly RecommendedMentors-

Student Contact: Laura Kretchmer, Class of 2008


USDA's Smith-Kilborne Program

The Smith-Kilborne Program is designed to acquaint veterinary students with various foreign animal diseases which potentially threaten our domestic animal population. The program includes both classroom presentations on diseases and their implications combined with laboratory experiences. Following the seminar, students are expected to share their new knowledge with others. The Smith-Kilborne Program is conducted at two locations: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Plum Island, NY

Contact: Dr. Jason Baldwin, USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services


Wake Forest University- Summer Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine

Student Contact: JoAnna Perry, Class of 2009


The Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW)

This was set up through Dr. Bill Swanson (department head of animal research, CREW). I did reproductive research directly under him. Much of my time was spent in the lab evaluating semen of small cats. I went with Dr. Swanson and his post-doc students to Michigan state to collect ooctyes from cats they had up there, and I also got to ultrasound and rectally palpate their Indian Rhino, to help determine her cycle and AI her. I got to see lots of behind the scenes stuff at the zoo and hung out with their zoo vets a few times. This was very much a research internship (not paid, but housing was provided across the street from the zoo). Out of it, I have a paper that won the AAZV student manuscript competition, and I will be presenting my research at their meeting this October. Pretty much all of the research they do here is reproductive related, and their main foci arewith rhinos (Indian and Sumatran), small cats (Pallas cats, Fishing cats, Sand cats, and Ocelots), Otters, and I know they're thinking about starting stuff with their polar bears. They also have a post-doc doing work with disease models. They do lots of AI, embryo transfer, and gamete collections. If anyone would want to do this, I would suggest going through Dr. Mashima or possibly contacting Dr. Swanson directly if small cat stuff is what you want to do:

Contact: Dr. Bill Swanson, Depart. Head Animal Research, CREW


Conservation Management Institute- Virgina Tech

Variety of Wildlife Research Field Projects to get involved with.

Roanoke Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Volunteers have a rare and unique opportunity to work directly with and handle a variety of wild animals. Job duties vary, depending on the number and species of wildlife currently housed at Roanoke Wildlife Rescue.  Duties include basic husbandry (feeding animals, cleaning cages, washing dishes, doing laundry, and general housekeeping), as well as handling animals under direct supervision, assisting with wildlife-related emergencies, and releasing successfully rehabilitated animals. 

VA-MD Vet Med- Summer research fellow at the Center for Comparative Oncology with Dr. John Robertson

I worked with Dr. Bob during the summer of 2004 doing equine melanoma and other cutaneous cancer research. We harvested tumor cells from various horses to grow them in tissue culture. It was the idea that once we had colonies firmly established we would then treat them with essential oils to see what effect that caused in the hopes of developing a new type of cancer treatment.

Paid fellowship.

Student Contact: Emily Venn, Class of 2007

VA-MD Vet Med- Summer research fellow at the Aquatic Medicine Lab with Dr. Stephen Smith

I worked with Dr. Stephen Smith in the Aquatic Medicine Lab over at CMMID. I worked on an environmental toxicology project, researching sublethal effects of the gasoline additive, MTBE on aquatic species. I learned a lot about aquatic medicine, lab research, designing and implementing a study, and histopathology prep and interpretation. I highly recommend the Summer Oncology Fellowships: they are paid, they are in Blacksburg, and you get research experience (which is good to see if you like it, great for your resume, and you might love it unexpectedly!).

Student Contact: Rebecca Greene, Class of 2007

VA-MD Vet Med- Miles-Igert Program, Student research fellowship

Working with horses and respiratory disease. Contact student for more information.

Student Contact: Kerri Cooper, Class of 2008

VA-MD Vet Med-Dual degree program DVM/PHd

Yes- it can be done! Mike Nolan is doing his in Aquatic Medicine with Dr. Stephen Smith, Dani Weinstein with Dr. Steve Holladay.

Student Contact: Mike Nolan, Class of 2009 or Dani Weinstein, Class of 2008

VA-MD Vet Med- Student research

Worked with Dr. Gogal and Dr. Ahmed

Student Contact: Lidja Gill, Class of 2008

Wildlife Center of Virginia

Our veterinary and veterinary technician externship programs are designed to provide senior students (and interested veterinarians) with a hands-on experience in all aspects of wild animal handling, maintenance, and treatment. Throughout the extern’s three-to-twelve week rotation s/he is taught anatomy, physical restraint, anesthesia, radiography, laboratory analysis, emergency triage, first aid, orthopedics, necropsy procedures, medications and dosages. In addition, animal housing requirements, husbandry, and the legal aspects associated with wildlife medicine are explored.

Since 1986 more than 500 externship students and wildlife health-care professionals from thirty countries and from all North American veterinary colleges have studied at the Wildlife Center. If requested, the Center will provide housing for a nominal cost. Externs are selected on a first come first serve basis; available positions often fill up six to 12 months in advance.



Summer Fellowship in Public Policy

2 weeks, coordinated by Dr. Ted Mashima at the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med's University of Maryland's campus)

Student Contact:

United Stated Public Health Service- COSTEP program- see listing under Maryland

NIH- United Stated Public Health Service,-JRCOSTEP

Paid summer pathology job at NIH

Student Contact: Kerry Collins, Class of 2007

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)-Veterinary Student Employment Program

FSIS is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the  nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Veterinary Student Employment Program provides paid summer experience that is directly related to the student's educational program and career goals. We have developed this program to provide students with a valuable career-related work experience in our Public Health Agency. Students will work directly under the supervision of a Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) acquiring knowledge of what PHV's do throughout the Agency. Students will learn what our in-plant PHV's do to ensure the meat and poultry products that reach the consuming public are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled. Students will spend time with several PHV's in the Agency to gain an understanding of the variety of roles PHV's have in our Public Health Regulatory Agency.

At a minimum, students will be asked to be available and commit to 6 weeks of full-time employment (max 10 weeks) during the summer. It doesn't matter when the student starts, it just depends on the student's schedule. Students may also work during subsequent school breaks prior to graduation.

Student Contact: Kerry Collins, Class of 2007

USAMRICD (US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense)

Paid summer internship. Contact student for details.

Student Contact:

USDA, APHIS- Veterinary Services Summer Internship

Paid summer internship. Contact student for details.

Student Contact:

Fr. Sam Houston for Army Health Professions Scholarship

Training requirement for Army Health Professions Scholarship. I was with 308 other veterinary, medical and dental students learning how to be an officer in the U.S. Army and also gaining more insight in the important role veterinarians play in helping maintain our Armed Forces. Veterinarians in the Army are heavily involved in research, especially what effect emerging zoonotic diseases can have on populations as a whole, food safety and of course being responsible for the treatment of government-owned animals (military working dogs, ceremonial horses, lab animals, dolphins, etc...).

It was a great experience. I'm more than willing to answer what questions I can. Dr. Reardon is also a good source of info on this since he was in the Army for a very long time.

Student Contact: Emily Venn, Class of 2007


Island Wildlife Natural Care Center, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada- Wildlife Internship

Unpaid internship, housing and food allowance provided. Beautiful campus with hospital, small lab, outdoor enclosures, indoor "ICU". Salt Spring Island is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and it was a great place to be for the summer, even if I worked 6 days a week. I got experience with a huge variety of avian and mammalian species, and of course with the main focus of rehabilitation of harbor seal pups.

An intern can expect to be part of most aspects of the rehab process. Working closely with our staff you will gain hands-on experience of basic rehab techniques such as handling, diet preparation, feeding methods, charting, cleaning and maintenance. Interns may also take part in rescues and releases and, depending upon experience, may assist with some technical work such as administering meds, x-rays and microscopic exams.

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre is a registered charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. We have earned permits from The Ministry of the Environment, Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Island Wildlife cares for all indigenous species from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

The emphasis is on alternative, nontoxic treatments such as homeopathy, herbal remedies and physical therapies. We feel that these treatments, in combination with conventional veterinary protocols, offer our wild patients the best chance for survival.

Student Contact: Rebecca Greene, Class of 2007