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Veterinary Career Resources

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Veterinary Career Network

More career information:

To access the CSU externship database go to:
If you are a student or alum that does not have the access code, please e-mail me your name and graduation year.

Choose the area of interest from the list below and it will bring you to the list of resources available.

Academic Veterinary Positions
Biomedical Research
Business Management
Corporate Veterinary Career Links
Diagnostic Laboratories
Emergency and Critical Care
Food Animal
Government/Public Health Sites
Internship Sites
Laboratory Animal Veterinary Careers
Large Animal Resources
Mixed Animal
Shelter Medicine Resources
Small Animal Resources
Wildlife, Zoological and Exotic resources
Veterinary Salary Information

Academic Veterinary Positions

Academic Keys

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Biomedical Research

Merck-Medial Veterinary Scholars
This program's mission is to provide an opportunity for veterinary schools to expose students in their first and second years of veterinary medical school to biomedical research. Paid opportunities are available at many veterinary schools. Applications are typically due in January or February for research opportunities in the upcoming summer. This site also shows summer research opportunities available with Merck-Merial.

Business Management

Veterinary Business Management Association
CSU has an active student chapter and required junior externships for this aspect of the profession.

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Corporate Veterinary Career Links

Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Look under the industry link for opportunities. These clerkships/externships are open to students from all U.S. Veterinary Colleges.

American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians
This page links many of the veterinary corporate webpages. Each of them have Career Centers that often advertise summer opportunities.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital
This site is the homepage for Banfield, The Pet Hospital.  Select "Careers" to find out about career opportunities.
Banfield hosts senior externships and summer employment for first through third year students.
Clinics are located throughout the nation.

National Veterinary Associates
NVA owns 101 companion animal veterinary hospitals in 30 states. Job postings are listed from the website under "Career Opportunities".

Veterinary Centers of America
VCA hosts externships for junior and senior students and summer employment can be organized through their recruiter.

VetCor has 38 hospitals nationwide mainly in the east. They currently do not have an externship program.

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Diagnostic Laboratories

Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Go to the clerkship/externship area and look at the link for state veterinary and diagnostic laboratories.

Wyoming State Vet Lab
Two externships are offered at this laboratory. Laramie is 65 miles from Fort Collins.

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Emergency and Critical Care

The website for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care has a "find a specialist" function on their website. 

Experiential Opportunities

The CSU database has many emergency preceptorships.  Query on "emergency" in the "responsibility and skills" area of the database to sort these.  Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.    There are over 40 externships organized by state that are accessible from this website.

Additional Resources

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care  

CSU Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

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American Association of Equine Practitioners

The student area of this website has all kinds of opportunities for those with a career interest in equine medicine. The Pathways externship program is for PVM students. Veterinary students typically do multiple externships in preparation for the AAEP Avenues internship program.


American Association of Feline Practitioners

Available preceptor ships can be found under the student membership area.

Food Animal

AVMA Food Supply Veterinary Medicine website

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Government/ Public Health Sites

Some of the area federal agencies (i.e. CDC and USDA:APHIS) hire work/study students for part time work. These announcements can be found through the student employment office (RAMweb) Hint: These opportunities are constantly changing, so check frequently.

USA Jobs
This is a very comprehensive site with postings of all federal job opportunities and information about how to apply for federal jobs. It is important to check this site regularly or develop a profile for e-mail alerts. Jobs are typically posted for several weeks and change daily.

The following agencies routinely hire veterinarians. The links below go directly to employment announcements and also allow you to return to the agency homepage for more general information:

AVMA-GRD Externship
AVMA Externs are actively involved in advancing the AVMA's legislative and regulatory agenda in the Washington, D.C. area. The application deadline is usually in early October. E-mail questions to John Sullivan,

US Food and Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. Career opportunities can be found from this homepage.

National Institute of Health
Typical titles include "veterinary medical officer", "veterinary medical science" and "laboratory animal veterinarian".

USDA: Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Veterinary Service Career Employment
This site explains careers in the veterinary service area and has current job postings.

USDA: Food Safety and Inspection Service
This site has direct links to employment opportunities, application forms and information on current states hiring veterinary medical officers. FSIS is the largest federal employer of veterinarians. Application for jobs can occur up to 9 months prior to graduation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This is a direct link to the EPA's vacancies.

US Air Force
Veterinarians are hired as public health officers. They do not work directly with animals. 1-800-423-USAF.

US Army Veterinary Services
This site has detailed information about the US Army Veterinary Services.

The following sites provide information on experiential programs. Some contain the previous year's information, so keep checking the sites for updates:

CDC Summer Student Employment Program
FDA Student Intern Program
NIH Student Programs
U.S. Public Health Officer COSTEP programs
USDA: ARS Student Programs
USDA:FSIS Summer Program

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Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Look under the international link for opportunities. These clerkships/externships are open to students from all U.S. Veterinary Colleges

International Veterinary Student Association
This is the national organization website. CSU has a very active student IVSA group and they manage a listserv.

Interested in shadowing a foreign veterinarian?  Contact our IVSA representative:
Laura Thompson

VIDAS   This group conducts international clinics.

Rural Area Veterinary Services
Many trips coordinated by this group are international.  Plan early, as they tend to book way in advance. The international trips usually require previous domestic RAVS experience.

O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health---Provides an opportunity for 3rd and 4th year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting.  Fellows spend 4-6 weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff.   Seven fellows are selected each year and receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover travel costs.  For more information, contact CDC's Epidemiology Program Office at (404) 639-4774  Detailed information is on the following website:

Envirovet (announcement usually comes in February for the coming summer -application due at end of March) Focus is on careers in conservation medicine, wildlife health, and/or ecosystem health.  One program is usually planned in developing countries.  Envirovet faculty are internationally recognized experts who are fully engaged in relevant fields within the overall context of wildlife and ecosystem health. Website:  

Christian Veterinary Medicine

GR Dodge Frontiers for Veterinary Medicine Fellowships-- Possible funding source for defined research and projects-plan well in advance!

Dr. Kato-Tokyo , Japan . Each year this well-known small animal practitioner hosts a senior veterinary student. The deadline each year is usually in July. Contact Deb Liptak in Clinical Sciences for further information.

Centro Ecologico Akumal - Exotic internships. American contact: Ms.Kate Neushaefer, Kale and Company, 4800 South Vail Place , Evergreen , CO 80439

Projects Abroad - This program currently has veterinary projects in four countries: Ghana , India, Mongolia and Romania

OIE Internships

Action Without Borders - International non-profit website for volunteer and summer internships

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Internship Sites

To be competitive for the "matching internships" it is very helpful for you to visit the sites of interest.  This helps you to get to know them and visit about their internship program and for them to have a relationship with you.  The internships are updated on the following website each September.  You can view the current internships offered by doing a "program search" through the website.  This area of the website if often closed from August-mid-September while updates are being done for the upcoming year. 

Avenues Equine Internship Program. Enter the student area to view the Avenues Program internships.

American Association of Veterinary Clinicians
This is the website for coordination of the matching internship and residency program. The new institutional information will be available for viewing September of 2008. The application deadline is early December.

Non-Matching Internships
Non-matching internships begin advertising their internships as early as January. To do a search for these, you can enter the word "internship" in the text area provided for "responsibility and skills" once you are in the database.

The Association of Equine Practitioners runs an externship and internship program called Avenues.   You are strongly encouraged to do multiple externships to determine where you would like to apply for the competitive internships.  (click on student link and select "Avenues")

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Laboratory Animal Veterinary Careers

Experiential Programs:

Established externship program/funding on website

Externships also on website

Charles River Short Course (a week each summer, scholarships available):

Additional Resources:

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Website has Career Pathways program with powerpoint presentations of careers in laboratory animal medicine and resources for externships

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
Website has career information and links to externships

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Large Animal Resources

AABP - American Association of Bovine Practitioners.  If you are a student AABP member, you can apply for an externship grant through AABP to help defray costs of an externship of at least two weeks in duration.

AAEP - American Association of Equine Practitioners.   AAEP runs an externship program called Avenues.  Select "Avenues" under the student link.

AASRP American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Visit the student link for information on grants for externships and externship sites.

Academy of Rural Veterinarians. Visit this site for a list of mentors.

Additional Resources:

CSU student associations

SCAABP Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners

SCAAEP Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners

CSU American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

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Mixed Animal Career Interests

Academy of Rural Veterinarians

American Association of Bovine Practitioners


American College of Veterinary Pathologists

View the training and education link for externship information. The career opportunities link also contains residency/graduate study options.


American Association of Avian Pathologists
Externship information is under the educational opportunity area. Information is provided for travel expenses and scholarships.

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Shelter Medicine Resources

Check for resource people on the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's homepage Humane societies generally have a webpage and should have a listing for the veterinarian on staff.

Experiential Opportunities

Rural Area Veterinary Services


CSU Database     Enter the word "shelter" in the responsibilities and skills area to pull up these experiences.

Additional Resources

Humane Society of the United States

Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Excellent article on skills and attributes needed for working as a shelter veterinarian:         

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

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Small Animal Resources

The AVMA and CVMA directories are wonderful resources for locating veterinarians in your geographical areas of interest. 

Experiential Programs

Corporate Practice Externships.  Watch for recruiting events through class e-mail. 


Additional Resources

CSU Student Groups

AAHA  American Animal Hospital Association
AAFP   American Association of Feline Practitioners

Local Vets Directory:

Professional Associations


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AVMA Link to specialty organizations
Students have found it helpful to shadow a specialist to determine if this career interest area is something they want to pursue. Most of these specialty websites have links to “find a specialist” which can be help you locate a specialist in your geographic area of interest.

Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program
It is very helpful for you to visit the sites of interest for the matching internship or residency programs. The internships and residencies are updated on the above website each September.  You can view the current internships offered by doing a "program search" through the website.  This area of the website if often closed from August-mid-September while updates are being done for the upcoming year. 

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Wildlife, zoological and exotic resources

Check for contacts on the professional association webpages in the "additional resource" area or the CSU database.

Experiential Programs

The CSU Database has nearly 40 externships in this area.
Enter "100" in the exotic area of the database to do a query for these externships. 

AAZV - American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. This link provides externship opportunity details organized by state. 

Senior year “clerkships" in this area are organized by the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.   These are highly competitive externships and you apply early in your junior year.  Your resume will need to indicate many zoological experiences, publications and presentations to be competitive. Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Aquavet veterinary medicine program

Ecolife vets-in-the-wild expedition to southern Africa

Envirovet summer institute

Marvet in marine mammal medicine. For students who have completed two yars of their PVM curriculum. Applications are very competitive and taken years in advance.

Wildlife Medicine Course

Additional Resources

Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians 

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

CSU Zoological Medicine Society Zoological Medicine Society   

Ecological Health Listserv

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Veterinary Salary Information

AVMA- Market research statistics can be found in the job area. This information is available for new graduates as well as experienced veterinarians.

AAHA has recently done a market survey on compensation and this resource is available through their website

The US Department of Labor site has a wide variety of career and job search information. From this site you can do a search for the median veterinary salary for each state.

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College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Phone: (970) 491-0526
Fax: (970) 491-7569
Email: Kelley Madden, Career Counselor