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VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina Intern Program

Intern Program

VCA Animal Specialty Center of SC is also a teaching hospital! We accept two to three doctors a year for a one year specialty internship in surgery or neurology. During this time, we prepare the candidate for their next step into residency.


The intern will be mentored and trained by three board certified surgeons and one board certified neurologist, who are responsible for supervision and overall clinical performance evaluation. The internship involves all aspects of patient care, from initial consultation and workup of surgery cases, through case rechecks and maintenance of electronic medical records.

The internship program is designed to provide successful candidates with a broad and intensive learning experience in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, as well as experience in medical and surgical neurology.


• DVM Degree or equivalent
• Must have completed a small animal rotating internship and have the intent of seeking residency
• Must be eligible for South Carolina Veterinary Licensure

Primary Duties

Primary duties include: assisting with appointments, receiving/triage and critical care of surgery patients, assisting with patient induction and preparation, assistance in surgery, and in-hospital patient management.

Emergency/On Call Duties

All interns will participate in emergency surgery/neurology receiving. This includes daytime receiving, as well as rotating night, weekend, and holiday on call shifts. On call is limited to surgical emergencies (for which the intern is compensated) and after-hours communication with clients, as necessary.

Educational Opportunities

• Quarterly Continuing Education provided by senior staff. Attendance is required.
• Continuing Education allowance for external CE provided
• Didactic Rounds include journal club, Tobias and Johnston review, Morbidity and Mortality conference, and local association meetings
• Two high level seminars required
• Mentor/Advisor relationship encouraged
• Research Project: A key area where residency candidates are deficient is completion of a research project and ultimately, publication. Completion of a research project is encouraged and supported. The project should begin very early in the internship to allow adequate time for completion and submission for publication. Previous interns have performed prospective and retrospective clinical studies and bench studies.

Where Are They Now?

Previous interns:

• Dr. Glover, DACVECC
• Dr. Reichert, DACVS
• Dr. Moser – board eligible—ACVS
• Dr. Gauthier, DACVS (VCA sponsored residency at CSU)
• Dr. Kramer – ER
• Dr. Tensley, DACVIM (Neuro)
• Dr. Purdee – General Practice
• Dr. Tedeschi – ER
• Dr. Ficklin – Surgical Resident
• Dr. Youn – ER
• Dr. Li – ER
• Dr. Salyer – Surgical Resident (VCA sponsored residency at OSU)
• Dr. Veytsman – Surgical Internship
• Dr. Paritte – Neurology Resident
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