Externships and Internships

Externship Program

VCA ASEC has offered an externship program to veterinary students across the country (and the globe) since 1990. Our program has grown to over 70 participants annually. We accept students enrolled in their junior and senior years of veterinary school for rotations of one to four weeks in length to fulfill private practice or elective curriculum requirements.

Our objective is to educate veterinary student externs while maintaining referral-caliber patient care, as well as referral-caliber communication and service to our clients and referring veterinarians. Boarded specialists, experienced emergency clinicians, residents, and interns are all involved in teaching visiting students. A senior clinician from each department is designated as a mentor to students assigned to that department. However, students are expected to be involved in cases with all clinicians from the assigned department.

VCA ASEC’s externship program is for you, if:

  • You are currently enrolled in a AVMA-accredited university veterinary degree program.
  • You are looking for experience in a specialty/referral practice.
  • You are considering application for an internship following graduation (particularly, if you are considering application to VCA ASEC’s internship program).
  • You are hard-working, motivated, intelligent, friendly and enjoy working with others.

Externship Orientation
Please download the Extern Orientation Packet for detailed information regarding VCA ASEC’s externship program, including mentorship, expectations, and schedule. Externs are expected to attend daily case rounds, as well as any grand rounds, journal review, radiology rounds, and lectures that occur during their time with us. 

Additional Information for Potential Interns

Insurance
We do not require nor do we provide professional liability (malpractice) insurance, health insurance or worker’s compensation for externs. If an extern’s university mandates that insurance coverage be obtained, it is the responsibility of the extern to arrange such coverage. We are happy to provide a letter confirming your acceptance if this is required.

Fees/Cost/Stipends
VCA ASEC does not charge visiting students for participation in our externship program, nor do we provide any compensation/payment to externs.

Housing
We are not able to provide or assist in arrangement of housing accommodations for visiting students. Many externs stay with relatives or acquaintances in the Los Angeles area. Other options include: the Claremont Hotel (310-208-5957), area hostels, or www.airbnb.com.

International Students
VCA ASEC accepts applications from students attending AVMA-accredited universities abroad. However, because the externship program is designed to provide university credit for the senior year curriculum, students of AVMA-accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada are given priority when scheduling rotations. At this time, we are not able to accept applications from students of non-accredited universities.

Questions? Please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] if you have questions that are not addressed online. Our educational program coordinator will reply to emails within 1-2 weeks.

 

How to Apply:

  1. Review the general Extern Orientation Packet.
  2. Download the Radiology Externship Schedule and ECC/IM/Cardio/Surgery Externship Schedule to review the schedule of upcoming weeks and their availability.

For externships with the Radiology-Imaging department

  1. Email your name, veterinary university, email contact, year of expected graduation, and the year of study at the time of intended externship to [email protected]
  2. Specify that the “Radiology and Imaging Department” as your preferred department.
  3. Specify the number of weeks you would like to spend with the Radiology/Imaging Department. For Western University 4th year students, you must select one of the designated four week blocks. It is not possible to start in the middle of one block and finish in the middle of the subsequent block. This policy is enforced in order to maximize the number of students we are able to accommodate.
  4. Select a preferred start date based on the schedule of available weeks. Only one student is scheduled with the Radiology/Imaging Department at once.
  5. Provide alternative dates and enter ask any questions you may have.
  6. Dr. Reichle will contact you via email within 1-2 weeks of receipt of your application.

For externships with the Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery or Emergency & Critical Care departments

  1. Email your name, veterinary university, email contact, year of expected graduation, and the year of study at the time of intended externship to [email protected]
  2. Specify which of the Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery or Emergency & Critical Care departments are your preferred department. List those that are alternate choices. If you would like to split your time between two or more departments, please make a note of this.
  3. Select a preferred start date based on the schedule of available weeks. Select a preferred start date based on the schedule of available weeks. A maximum of two students are scheduled with each department at once during a given week. For Western University 4th year students, you must select one of the designated four week blocks. It is not possible to start in the middle of one block and finish in the middle of the subsequent block. This policy is enforced in order to maximize the number of students we are able to accommodate.
  4. Provide alternative dates and enter ask any questions you may have. The schedule posted on the website is updated approximately every 2-3 weeks. It is possible, therefore, that a week that appears available on the posted schedule may have already been filled. It is helpful if you can provide alternate dates.
  5. Our externship coordinator will contact you via email within 2 weeks of receipt of your application.

**Please do not sign up for an externship unless you are certain that you will attend. Last-minute cancellations prevent other students from having the opportunity of completing an externship here. Externs who sign up and fail to attend without advance notice of cancellation will not be eligible for internship consideration at VCA ASEC.

Not Enough Time for an Externship?
If you are not able to complete an externship, but are interested in visiting VCA ASEC for a day (or even a few hours), please email [email protected]. Please provide your name, email contact information, and let us know when you will be in the area and like to visit. We will be happy to accommodate a visit.

 

Internship Program

VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, accepts seven (7) persons for our rotating internship program.

As an intern, your time will be divided between the surgery service, the ICU/critical care service, the internal medicine service, and emergency duty (primary receiving). Available on-site elective rotations include cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and oncology.

Interns are expected both to learn and to contribute knowledge. Rounds are held daily, covering our surgical, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, radiology, ICU/critical care, and emergency patients. In addition, attendance and participation are mandatory in our grand rounds, journal review and morbidity/mortality rounds. A lecture series is presented throughout the year by senior clinicians, residents, and guest speakers. Interns are required to present one lecture to their peers and one lecture to the technical staff.

Our 10,000 square foot hospital has a high-tech, fully-staffed ICU with a 30 patient capacity. A full range of diagnostic equipment is in routine use, including: extensive in-house lab instrumentation, digital radiography and fluoroscopy, video-endoscopy, GE Logiq-7 4-D color-flow Doppler ultrasonography, GE Prospeed digital helical CT, echocardiography, blood pressure monitoring, and continuous ECG telemetry. Surgical equipment includes ASIF orthopedic and cement-less total hip replacement capabilities. Arthroscopy, laparoscopy, CO2 laser, and lithotripsy technology are available. Newport e360 critical care ventilator is also available for patients that require long-term mechanical ventilation.

Interns who have completed our program have been successful in obtaining specialty internship and residency positions, both in surgery and in other specialties (emergency/critical care, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, etc.).

In addition to salary, compensation includes health insurance reimbursement and two weeks paid vacation.

We are located in West Los Angeles, a highly urbanized area with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities close by. We are fifteen minutes from beaches, UCLA, Beverly Hills, LAX international airport, and downtown Los Angeles. Within 2 hours drive, there are amusement parks, ski resorts, many more beaches, deserts, and mountains.

The successful applicant will be hard-working, self-motivated, intelligent, friendly, and enjoys working with others. A visit and personal interview (or phone interview) are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. For further information, please feel free to contact our educational program coordinator, Dr. Joanie Dolance, by email at [email protected].

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