Veterinary Internship Program at VSES

If you are looking for a challenging, exciting training program with an opportunity for both personal and professional growth, your search has ended! Our program provides an outstanding opportunity for eight motivated veterinarians to gain exposure to complex referral cases, emergency and critical care medicine, and high-quality general practice. Your experience will provide you with exposure to cases and learning experiences equivalent to three years of private practice work. These educational opportunities, combined with your broad clinical exposure are designed to prepare you for application to a residency in your field of interest or a fast-paced, advanced private practice or emergency hospital.

We seek enthusiastic, self-motivated post-doctoral candidates who are interested in advancing their education, case management, critical thinking, and leadership skills in a team-oriented environment. Many of our candidates have stayed within our network of hospitals, which we believe is a testament to the high regard in which our group of practices is held.

Emergency & Specialty Rotation

Post-doctoral candidates will rotate through internal medicine, surgery, and radiology services under the direct supervision of board-certified specialists. They will also rotate through emergency and have exposure to dermatology, neurology and ophthalmology on a limited basis. Other rotations may be available on-site as new staff is added and/or off-site (externships), depending on your areas of interest and our ability to foster such a program. As your skills and knowledge base improve, your responsibilities will increase. Emergency/critical care rotations are divided into day and over-night shifts. During this rotation you will have primary case responsibility with direct mentorship from an attending staff doctor. Approximately one-third of your program will be spent on the emergency service.

General Practice Rotation

The general practice portion of our program is divided between one of our general practices and Rochester Community Animal Clinic (RCAC). Rotations at these hospitals provide experience in wellness care, elective and general surgery, dentistry and problem exams under the supervision of experienced general practitioners.

During the general practice rotation you will also be spending time at RCAC. This practice setting will give you the opportunity to observe and participate in a low-income, high-volume spay/neuter clinic.

Educational Requirements

To complete your educational opportunities you will be expected to attend and actively participate in daily rounds including case-based rounds, journal club, and didactic rounds. As time permits you are encouraged to attend continuing education lectures sponsored by local and regional organizations and to attend one national CE conference. Candidates are required to present one formal seminar.

Committed to teaching, mentoring and continuing education

The Veterinary Internship Program with VSES, AHOP, and RCAC is a collaborative effort which began in 1987, in order to provide exposure to complex referral cases, emergency and critical care medicine, high-volume surgical procedures, outpatient wellness and urgent care as well as high-quality general practice. Since inception, we have had over 100 individuals successfully complete our program. We have an excellent record of placing motivated interns into residencies across the country. We have matched candidates into residencies in dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, emergency/critical care medicine, ophthalmology, oncology, zoological medicine, anatomic pathology, lab animal medicine, neurology, dermatology, radiology, cardiology and clinical pathology.

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