Externships and Volunteer Opportunities

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The options below are both for-profit and non-profit organizations who provide opportunities in conjunction with universities around the world to all students. These programs have the most options available in terms of locations, courses to choose from, and duration. Most of these programs help you set everything up on the forefront, but they give you independence once you arrive in your host country. In order to receive credit for the VM 81001 International Externship Course, a veterinarian must be on-site for the program and the program must be reviewed for approval by the IP Office.

How to start?

Option 1: Click the button above and build your International profile and see which program fits you best.

Option 2: Explore the options below or take the study abroad questionnaire, and then make an appointment with IP Office to further assist you with the study abroad process.

Locations (in order):

South America and the Caribbean:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: Multiple Locations

  • The CDC has a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. See opportunities in the link!

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship: Multiple Locations

  • Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (Amazon CARES)

  • The Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education,and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

International Service Learning: Nicaragua, Mexico, and Panama

  • ISL's veterinary teams are able to provide a variety of care ranging from public health services such as administering immunizations and facilitating spay/neuter clinics, to providing urgent veterinary care. From visiting farms to setting up veterinary field clinics in urban centers, our volunteers are able to gain extensive experience in a short period of time.

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association: Multiple Opportunities

  • The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Rural Area Veterinary Services program combines high quality direct-care veterinary field clinics with clinical training for future veterinary professionals to improve the health and welfare of animals in remote rural communities.

ELI Rescue Center: Brazil

  • Requirement: Beginning Portuguese
  • Illegally trafficking wild animals and illegal animal byproducts (such as ivory) is a billion dollar business. Thousands of primates, birds, and reptiles are captured and killed around the world and smuggled to North America and Europe for sale as pets or luxury products. The center houses animals that cannot be rehabilitated or released. These animals live out the rest of their natural lives in a gorgeous compound that protects them from predators and poachers. Volunteers help with feeding and care of the animals.

Marine Veterinary Medicine: Cayman Islands

  • Hosted by St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine, this workshop offers veterinary students lectures and hands-on workshops in the emerging professional field of Marine Conservation Medicine, with focus on veterinary care and rehabilitation of sea turtles, marine fish, dolphins, aquatic birds and other marine species; the course also explores coral reef and mangrove health and disease assessments.

Marine Veterinary Medicine: Costa Rica

  • This is an on-site workshop hosted by the Texas A&M Soltis Center that introduces veterinary students, veterinarians, biologists and ecologists to conservation medicine in the context of the cloud forest ecosystems of rural Costa Rica.

La Tortuga Feliz (Turtle Conservation Program): Costa Rica

  • La Tortuga Feliz offers a turtle conservation program based in Costa Rica, whose aim is the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contribute to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.

World Vets Surgical and Veterinary Training: Dominican Republic

  • World Vets has been sending veterinary teams to the Puerto Plata area for many years. The objective of our visits has been to support local efforts in providing free veterinary services, and in making routine veterinary care more accessible for local animals. This year World Vets will send a team to new location in the area (Cabarete) to provide a large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaign.

World Vets Surgical and Veterinary Training: Ecuador

  • World Vets has been working in the Ibarra/Otavalo region in Ecuador since 2009. In these communities we have established formal agreements with their municipalities which prevents the poisoning of animals as a form population control. Similar to past campaigns, we will provide a large scale sterilization campaign for cats and dogs. All veterinary services are provided free of charge in collaboration with a local animal welfare organization. This project consists of high volume sterilization surgery where up to 70 – 80 surgeries may be performed in just one day. There are four designated clinic days on this project

Amazonian Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Project: Ecuador

  • Requirements: Basic Spanish
  • A family started the wildlife refuge and it's a privately funded sanctuary for rescued and confiscated wild animals. It is sometimes open to the public and school groups for tours, providing education about these species and their fate as illegal pets or trafficked animals, but their main goal is the protection of animal and plant life in the Amazon through the rescue and rehabilitation of flora and fauna. Although a relatively new center, they are expanding rapidly and always working to improve the lives of the animals, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back out into the wild. Professionals in the fields of veterinary science, biology, zoology or other related areas could assist the sanctuary's coordinator with animal care and the more technical functions and of the center.

ELI Veterinary Internship (Clinic and Zoo): Ecuador

  • Students of veterinary medicine, pre-vet or veterinary technician are invited to intern in one of Ecuador's major public universities in Quito. Interns will work in the on-campus small animal clinic staffed by local professors and students. This clinic receives primarily dogs and cats from the surrounding neighborhoods and serves as a low cost option for veterinary care while also providing students a chance to learn and gain hands-on experience. ELI interns will work alongside Ecuadorian students in the veterinary medicine program.

Marine Veterinary Medicine: Mexico

  • This two- week workshop offers veterinary students a two-week interactive workshop exploring aspects of biology, pathology, husbandry, clinical care and conservation medicine of selected marine species, including dolphins, manatees, pinnipeds, sea turtles, crocodiles, rays, nurse sharks, fish and coral reefs.

AEI Dog Rescue: Mexico

  • The large number of feral dogs and cats living on city streets is a global problem. While many of these animals are abandoned pets, most are truly feral – having been born and eventually dying in the streets. These feral animals live on the edges of society and face many health risks. Starvation and disease result in an average life span of only one to two years. And feral street dogs in particular pose a public health danger through bites and transmission of rabies to people. AEI's partner in Auguascalientes, Mexico is facing this problem head on. Medical volunteer activities include assessing, diagnosing and treating sick and injured dogs and cats, administering anesthesia and assisting with / performing surgical procedures (spays and castrations), vaccination programs. These activities will take place in multiple pre-approved veterinary clinics, assistance during adoption campaigns which happen every weekend. Educational and office volunteer activities do not require a knowledge of Spanish, as Spanish lessons are offered by this group.

Go Eco Animal Rescue and Veterinary Assistance

  • Our team in Playa is working on bringing together community stakeholders to address the root causes of animal suffering in order to improve dog and cat care, reduce the number of strays, and support humane approaches to population control. They are developing approaches that include education, the provision of veterinary care, research, outreach, and policy to improve the welfare of dogs and cats.

ELI Caribbean Flamingo Conservation: Mexico

  • This project works with an organization that seeks to create an international conservation movement in order to ensure the sustainability of the Caribbean Flamingo. This will require identifying their habitats, monitoring their breeding, and feeding habits, etc. The aim is to increase the number of flamingos born in Mexico through the protection and care of their habitats, many of which are in critical condition. Participants can contribute in a number of ways ranging from assisting in the office to conducting field research at the breeding grounds.

World Vets Surgical and Veterinary Training Program: Nicaragua

  • World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program held in Granada, Nicaragua, is a surgical and veterinary training program for veterinary, pre-veterinary and technician students who wish to gain clinical as well as practical veterinary experience in an international setting.

HSVMA Equine Clinic: Nicaragua

  • This will be an equine-only clinic, providing care to working horses of Nicaragua. Services will include dental work, castrations, wound and hoof care and selected other procedures under the direction of Dr. Dave Turoff. A limited number of veterinary students will be selected to participate. Students should have equine experience. Spanish language skill is strongly encouraged. If you do not meet these criteria, do NOT apply for this clinic.

InterVol & FarVets Weeklong Opportunity

  • InterVol is pleased to join forces with the Cornell veterinary program on FARVets International (Feral, Abandoned, and Rescued animals), which provides medical mission trips for veterinary professionals. Led by Dr. Paul Maza, FARVets is dedicated to implementing projects abroad to aid animal welfare and conservation organizations in dealing with dog and cat overpopulation issues that affect the welfare of animals, and the environmental health of their communities. Currently, projects are being organized in places such as Grenada, Belize, Mexico and Costa Rica.

The ARCA Project (Macaw Research and Support): Costa Rica

  • The ARCA project is dedicated to working with large macaws throughout Costa Rica. At the ARCA Project’s breeding and release center you will see wildlife, visit a beautiful country and learn about a different culture, and meet new people. Best of all, you will make a difference in the lives of endangered macaws.

Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic Internship/Rotation: Belize

  • BWRC internships and educational programs focus on Wildlife Medicine and are geared towards veterinary students and veterinarians. BWRC’s programs include wildlife medicine, rescue, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, and elements of conservation. Additionally, BWRC provides small animal services to the community; which comprise more than half of intakes. Interns also assist the small animal vet from time to time as needed. Interns are typically veterinary students exploring career options in wildlife or exotics medicine, final year vet students conducting externships or graduated vets seeking to sharpen their skills and gain clinical experience.

The Belize Zoo Internship: Belize

  • The Belize Zoo (TBZ) and Tropical Education Center (TEC) is a private, non-profit organization whose main mission is the conservation of the native fauna and ecosystems of Belize. Both the TEC and The Belize Zoo function as one unit promoting active stewardship of natural resources through environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. As a growing organization we welcome the help and knowledge of interns who are willing to whole heartedly devote their time and knowledge towards safeguarding, promoting and enforcing our main mission. The Animal Management and Education Departments of The Belize Zoo extend a call to interested persons to volunteer as interns through The Belize Zoo Internship Program.

Darwin Animal Doctors: Galapagos

  • Are you a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or a vet student? We currently have openings for long term medical volunteers in our clinic. All of our volunteers get Transient status on Galapagos, which allows them to avoid the $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee at the Galapagos airport. All volunteers also have accommodations taken care of while in Galapagos.

University of Georgia ONE HEALTH Summer Study Abroad: Costa Rica

  • Changes in human activity, land use, competition for water resources and habitat loss are forces promoting human, livestock, and wildlife contact in ways that favor disease transmission within and between these entities. One Health is a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to disease prevention and control which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. To achieve optimal health outcomes for people, animals and ecosystems, successful One Health policies involve the cooperation and collaboration of numerous individuals including physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, microbiologists, agricultural scientists, wildlife biologists, toxicologists, sociologists, economists, teachers and others

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Africa:

Veterinarians Without Borders: Multiple Locations

  • Veterinarians Without Borders / Vétérinaires Sans Frontières is an NGO comprised of individuals who have served with and partnered with other organizations to promote animal well being, human health and economic development domestically and internationally. We have partnered with veterinary colleges across the United States to promote dissemination of veterinary education and health care globally. As a privately and publicly supported organization we are accountable to those individual donors and organizations, and we are obliged to carry out health care delivery of the highest quality and integrity. While the issues we address are diverse, all that we do is bound by our shared conviction that dissemination of knowledge is a key to animal production capacity serving the needs of human development. We are committed to excellence in delivery of veterinary health care and that knowledge, with the understanding that enhanced knowledge and skills allow for higher quality of life and economic development globally.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship: Multiple Locations

  • Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: Multiple Locations

  • The CDC has a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. See opportunities in the link!

Sepela Field Study in Primatology and Primate Veterinary Care: South Africa

  • Sepela Field Programs offers university- and professional-level, immersive, international field courses in a variety of subjects. Our courses are based on the central themes of conservation and cultural exchange. Our qualified instructors have extensive experience, and our field programs are designed to promote practical, skills-based learning. We are currently accepting students for three-week summer courses in southern Africa in 2015 & 2016. Please check back often because we are always adding new courses!Sepela offers opportunities for internships in a wide variety of fields including but not limited to conservation, veterinary care, agriculture, forestry, culinary arts, education, public health, nursing, and hospitality & tourism. We also provide assistance to students and other researchers looking for field research sites in southern Africa. We work with numerous private and governmental reserves and parks that provide opportunities for research in a number of disciplines. We also work with faculty to develop field courses based on their teaching and research specialties.

South African National Park Externship: South Africa

  • These long-term internship positions offer independent, ambitious interns the chance to work for one year in and around South Africa's most famous national parks. This opportunity is exclusive in its requirements and the experience it will bring. If you are seeking a change of direction or a long term, highly immersed experience in the field of conservation and environmental education these internship positions are for you. Interns must be over 21 and will have to undergo a rigorous selection procedure to qualify for this amazing opportunity.

Cheetah Conservation Fund Internship: Namibia

  • Interns will get the chance to help with cheetah feeding, raise puppies, assist in clinical workups, collect and dissect cheetah feces, observe cheetah behavior, conduct field work and be involved in outreach and education programs. Longer-term volunteers may be assigned a specific project to complete during their stay.

ELI Zoo Program: Ghana

  • Interns and volunteers can have the opportunity to work in local zoos. These zoos have a wide range of animal exhibits ranging from large carnivorous mammals to reptiles and large birds. Participants work with every aspect of zoo operation, from feeding to cage cleaning and work in the animal nursery. Interns with specialized interests such as veterinarian, husbandry, or tourism should talk to us. We can work with the zoos to create specialized programs that match those needs.

ELI Wildlife Breeding Program: Ghana

  • Interns can assist with breeding programs for endangered primates or for warthogs. The Primate Breeding Center holds 12 white-naped mangabeys and one roloway monkey. These animals represent over 10% of the entire captive members of this species, making them the largest group held in one locations. Volunteers help grow the population of these monkeys while assessing and ultimately working toward reintroduction into the wild. With the warthog breeding program, participants help to breed and domesticate this animal for use as a food source in rural areas of Ghana. This work can represent a large advance in food production and income generation for many poor farmers throughout the country.

Vets Go Wild (Multiple Experiences): South Africa

  • Our 16-day Vet Go Wild module is aimed at students undertaking veterinary and wildlife based programs at university, providing training in the care of animals at Amakhala Game Reserve and The Addo Elephant National Park both located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Animals that you are likely to be working hands on with include Rhino, African Buffalo, and Big Cats, Cheetah, Giraffe and more.

ELI Wildlife (Multiple): South Africa

  • Animal programs are some of the most popular ELI projects in Cape Town. These placements are a great fit for dedicated conservation, pre-veterinary or veterinary students who would like to simultaneously learn from professionals and contribute their skills. Specific placements are available working with monkeys, ostriches, penguins, birds, cheetahs, reptiles, horses, or the aquarium. For advanced students and professionals who wish to focus on veterinary care, placements are available with an organization that cares for neglected animals, vets, and with a zoo. All animal placements require a minimum two month commitment.
  • Available Opportunities:
    • Cheetah Breeding (Vet-Team on-site)
    • Bird, Reptile and Monkey Sanctuary (Vet-Team on-site)

Projects Abroad: Ghana

  • Veterinary Medicine interns live and work in the Akuapem Hills, where the work is structured around daily site visitations to local farms. For interns who would prefer to work in a veterinary surgery dealing with mostly domestic pets, we can arrange a placement in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. In Akuapem Hills, Projects Abroad interns work alongside a small team of local vets to out into the field to visit farms that have livestock. You may be involved in administering vaccinations, observing and assisting with operations, post mortems, and routine treatments. For those who prefer to work in a city clinic in Accra, the work is mostly with domestic pets such as dogs and cats.

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust Wildlife Centre Internship: Malawi

  • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre was set up in 2007 as Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary. Accredited by PASA and the Born Free Foundation we pride ourselves on having the highest standards of animal care and have won awards for our work. There are just under 200 animals currently in residence, including birds, reptiles, carnivores, primates and antelope. Many were rescued as orphans and victims of the illegal pet and bushmeat trade which is still prevalent in Malawi. Others have sustained injuries ranging from being caught in snares, hit by cars or stoned after wandering into the local village. As habitats are disappearing, wild animals are losing their homes and human-wildlife conflict is increasing. We offer a lifeline to these wild animals in distress, saving the lives of individual animals and wherever possible releasing them back in the wild where they belong.

Silent Heroes Veterinary Externship: Multiple Countries

  • Silent Heroes Foundation helps facilitate externships at several of our supported projects for veterinary students around the world. We offer a variety of experiences for the veterinary student, including programs for clinical work, wildlife fieldwork, laboratory, and veterinary research. The externship program in Africa is a great way to utilize your veterinary skills in a unique and challenging setting, while gaining valuable and exciting experience in international veterinary medicine.

WorldVets: South Africa

  • At SA WorldVets, we offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge in wildlife medicine while assisting us at the forefront of our fight for conservation. Regardless of background or experience, we welcome all veterinarians, veterinary students, conservationists, technicians, biologists, wildlife volunteers, and any animal enthusiasts ready and willing to have a South African wildlife adventure.

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Asia:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: Multiple Locations

  • The CDC has a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. See opportunities in the link!

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship: Multiple Locations

  • Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Projects Abroad: Sri Lanka

  • The government-run veterinary clinics provide free treatment to animals, and you will find that these facilities are basic compared to North America and Europe. Here, you will work under the supervision of qualified local vets and after observing the staff for two to three days, you will have the opportunity to assist with minor procedures. Only domestic animals are treated at the government clinics. To treat larger farm animals, such as cattle, goats, and pigs, vets travel to the farms themselves. In these cases, you will accompany them on field visits and may be able to assist with animal handling, disease identification, pregnancy diagnosis, vaccinations, and learn about animal husbandry.

Go Eco Giant Panda Center: China

  • Volunteers are needed to assist in safeguarding the future of these most captivating animals. Volunteers will take part in a structured one week program which includes training on the care of pandas and will be assigned as an assistant to a trainer.
  • Some of the activities are:
    • Prepare food for the pandas such as apples, panda bread, and carrots
    • Occasionally partake in observation and research (only with veterinary background)

Mission Rabies: India, Goa, Blantyre, Malawi

  • We currently have projects ongoing in Goa, India and Blantyre, Malawi. Vaccination sites are chosen by the rate of child death due to rabies, and once herd immunity is acquired in a given area, we move to the next city on our list. Next year it is projected that we will have opportunities for students in Thailand in addition to the aforementioned locations. Students can participate for two or four weeks at a time, with the four week option giving you the opportunity to participate in multiple pillars of the Mission Rabies approach (both education and vaccination). These trips are extremely hands-on and allow you to make a direct impact on the eradication of the disease. You can find more information about / apply for one of our trips here: http://www.missionrabies.com/volunteer/

AEI Dog Rescue: Nepal

  • There are more than 20,000 street dogs in Kathmandu, and over 35,000 in the Kathmandu Valley. In addition to problems associated with overpopulation, these dogs pose a real health threat to the residents of Nepal through rabies transmission and dog bites. In the past there was no alternative to the government's policy of poisoning dogs and ignoring the critically sick and injured animals. Many people were very concerned about the dogs around their community but until recently, had no way of helping them. Now over 14,000 dogs have been treated in a successful spay, neuter and vaccination program that provides a very important, much needed service to the people and animals of Kathmandu. You too can be part of the solution, by volunteering in this busy shelter and animal hospital in Kathmandu.

Third Eye Volunteer Veterinary Internship: Nepal

  • Intern in the central governmental hospital located in Tripureshore Kathmandu and also work in a private hospital run by Dr. Bala Ram Thapa, the senior professor of Governmental hospital called mobile vet clinic. The volunteers stay in their volunteer home and work in both mobile vet clinic and governmental hospital. There are other hospitals too with which we have good relation. The hospitals are always busy with cases. In mobile vet clinic they have around 5-10 surgeries each day.

Global Nomadic Internship: Thailand (Koh Lanta)

  • The Veterinary Internship program is located on the picture perfect, beach-laden islands of Koh Lanta, off the Andaman coast in south Thailand. A laid-back traveler’s haven, thousands of tourists flock here each winter to enjoy the endless golden beaches, the vibrant blend of various Thai cultures, crystal clear waters and much more. As in many parts of Thailand and in tourist areas particularly, an over-population of cats and dogs is a major problem. The organization you will be working with was set up with the aim to control the cat and dog population in a humane way through an extensive sterilization programme. A big part of this programme revolves around local education and outreach, as many local methods of controlling the animal population are incredibly painful and cruel, including poisoning, drowning or knifing. Since its inception is 2005, the organization and the work they carry out has had a tremendous effect on the animal population of both Koh Lanta and outlying islands, with over 8,000 sterilizations carried out. As awareness continues to grow, more and more animal owners turn to the clinic to help treat their pets or bring in injured animals from around the island.

ELI Placement within Ministry of Agriculture: Nepal

  • We have a placement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and there is a full vet. Interns go into rural villages and help farmers out with any issue they have with their cattle, horses, etc. It's only available Summer and Fall! They prefer 4-6 week commitments.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Veterinary Internship

  • The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the largest falcon hospital in the world and leading institution for falcon medicine and research. Committed to highest standards and quality of comprehensive treatment and care of falcons and other raptors, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital’s dedication is reflected in its exclusive and wide-ranging internship programs. Moreover, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has a highly specialized fully equipped avian laboratory that acts as the Avian Reference Laboratory for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We offer an exciting and rewarding opportunity to undergo an intensive falcon medicine internship for veterinary students and graduated veterinarians at our highly specialized avian hospital.

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Europe:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: Multiple Locations

  • The CDC has a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. See opportunities in the link!

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship: Multiple Locations

  • Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

University College of Dublin Externship: Ireland

  • The University College Dublin is offering externships focused on Equine and Small Animal Surgery throughout the Spring semesters. The primary goal of the externship is to give the student in-depth exposure to the field of equine medicine and large animal surgery. Externs are required to assist the UVH Interns with treatment of hospital cases and to assist clinicians in diagnostic and therapeutic care of hospitalized cases, out-patients and emergency referrals

Summer Equine Clinical Externship: France

  • The Veterinary Campus of Lyon (VetAgro Sup), first veterinary School to be created in the world, is accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (E.A.E.V.E.), the American Veterinary Medical Association (A.V.M.A.) and is the only veterinary institution in France to offer a Summer Equine Clinical Externship program for veterinary students in English. From an educational point of view, it opens the doors of our Equine Veterinary Teaching Hospital to international students from all over the world and to French veterinary students who want to improve their knowledge of English before going abroad for further specialization.

Merial Veterinary Scholars Program: Various Countries

  • In 2016 three North American veterinary students will be offered the possibility of a 9 - 11 week research experience in an established laboratory at one of the four French veterinary schools. The selection of the students will be managed by the French Program Director based on the submitted application

Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Externship: Ireland

  • Thank you for your interest in seeing practice at Anglesey Lodge. Most of our students visit during foal season, when we are busiest. We can have quiet weeks outside of foal season. We accept four to five students at a time during peak foal season, and one to two students out of the season. The foal season runs from approximately 1st February to 31st July.

Projects Abroad: Romania

  • Romania joined the European Union in early 2007 and is one of its poorest members. As a veterinary volunteer in Romania, you will provide an extra pair of hands: volunteers are privileged to be in a position where they can learn vast amounts from qualified vets. Whether you are a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate or a graduate, working as a veterinary volunteer you could get involved in vaccinations, operations, laboratory work, post-mortems, inspections and the routine treatment of pets. Based either in a busy veterinary practice or in a dog’s shelter in the city of Brasov, the English-speaking vets will be able to share their knowledge with you. By showing initiative and willingness to get involved, you will be able to enhance this process and gain some truly valuable international work experience. This will ultimately increase your prospects within this highly competitive field.

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

  • The OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health, is able to accept a limited number of selected interns wishing to participate in mentored activities of 1-6 months duration at the OIE Headquarters or at the OIE Regional Representations in subjects relevant to their career aspirations and compatible with the objectives of the OIE.

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Australia and Oceania:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: Multiple Locations

  • The CDC has a variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate or graduate students still in school, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. See opportunities in the link!

New Zeland: Massey University

  • Four-week internships within government agencies, agribusinesses, non-profit environmental organizations, and wildlife sanctuaries. Our team will match your skills and experiences with the range of opportunities available within the Hawke’s Bay region. This internship will expose you to a foreign work environment and associated challenges that are related to your interests and career goals. Massey University’s agricultural program is ranked 27th in the world and third in the Southern Hemisphere in the QS 2017 World University Rankings by Subject Area. Click here for more information.  

Projects Abroad: Fiji

  • This is a worthwhile placement for students building a resume for veterinary school or veterinary students looking for hands-on experience. However, we welcome interns of all levels of experience, whether you are on a gap year, career break, or simply looking for a meaningful travel experience during a vacation. At this project, you will be placed at an animal clinic in Nadi, where you will participate in a variety of activities. The clinic, Animals Fiji, was established in 2012 and is the only animal clinic in the Western division. Since opening, the dedicated staff at the clinic have made a huge impact in the community by helping over 6000 sick and injured animals, finding new homes for over 900 abandoned animals, and sterilizing over 2000 dogs and cats. The clinic plays a significant role in managing the stray dog and cat population in Fiji and continues to ensure the health and well being of Fijians and their pets. As an intern, you will have an important role to play in their efforts.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Internship: Multiple Locations

  • Are you interested in working for an International Organization? Are you willing to embark on a challenging opportunity that will enrich your personal as well as your professional experience?If so, consider applying for an internship at FAO. The Organization offers several options within its Headquarters and its decentralized offices worldwide to provide hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

AEI Wildlife Rehabilitation: Australia

  • This is an opportunity of a lifetime - working with native Australian wildlife in a quiet bush land setting, surrounded by gorgeous National Park. The main focus of this wildlife center is a commitment to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. Sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife receive medical treatment in the newly built wildlife hospital, and are then rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild. Patients include Echidnas, Bobtails, Quendas, Red Kangaroos and birds such as the Tawny Frogmouth and Lorikeet. Orphaned babies, such as Bandicoots and Possums, receive specialized care in the nurseries. Be a part of the solution by participating in the rehabilitation, captive breeding and education programs at this Western Australia wildlife rehabilitation center.

Esther Honey Foundation

  • We are still accepting applications for veterinarians, vet nurses and vet students who want to work at the EHF Clinic and on EHF VET TREKS® in 2015 and 2016.Join our brilliant clinic team in treating more than 3,000 animals annually who, without our combined efforts, would have no place to turn if they are injured, sick or starving. If you can help, and are ready to join the more than 345 veterinarian volunteers and hundreds of additional EHF veterinary professionals from around the globe who have traveled to the Cook Islands to make a permanent improvement in the lives of thousands of animals and their communities, please request the EHF Application Protocol using the link above. With your request please include:
    • CV/Resume (Including contact information for two professional references.)
    • Dates you would like to volunteer

South Pacific Animal Welfare

  • SPAW is a New Zealand run animal aid organization working on Pacific Islands. We recruit industry professionals and work with local agencies to run professional veterinary care and spay/neuter clinics within communities on our neighboring Pacific Islands. SPAW is a NZ based registered charity.Our depth of services to Pacific Islands includes Veterinary Care, Spaying and Neutering, Animal Husbandry - Livestock care, parasite and vaccine programmes, humane education, training and skills development, outreach & village field clinics, assisted companion animal export services and research. Help us save lives and make a tangible difference to animal welfare in the Pacific. Donate or Volunteer

Tolga Bat Hospital: Australia

  • We are a community group in Australia working for the conservation of bats and their habitat through partnerships in education, research, advocacy, rescue and landcare work.Our activities began in 1990, the year tick paralysis was discovered in Spectacled flying foxes (SFF) on the Atherton Tablelands. We originally worked with the SFFs resident at the Tolga Scrub, and hence our name. We now work with any bat, megabat or microbat, from anywhere. Bats come to us for rescue from hundreds of kilometers away, and we also take bats for sanctuary who are being retired from zoos. We became incorporated in 2002 as a not-for-profit community group, listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations in 2007, and registered as a charity in 2008. This enables us to accept tax-deductible donations. In 2009 we opened the Visitor Centre onsite at the Bat Hospital. Finally in 2013 we had the funds to build a space to accommodate the real needs of the bat hospital, rather than making do with what was already here.

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Canada:

Dolphin Encounters

  • Dolphin Encounters Student Internship Camp targets students or recent graduates and is intended to provide young adults with experience in marine career areas as well as assist in fulfilling research projects, internships or work-study requirements. The student can also use the experience as an asset to his or her own resume.Program content is dependent on the time of year in which the internship is performed. Applicants can expect to be involved in assisting trainers throughout each day with animal care & training duties, including, but not limited to, fish preparation, pool maintenance and record-keeping as well as duties in the areas of education programs, guest relations and customer service. So take the first step and get a head start on your marine career!


Toronto Wildlife Centre Externship

  • This internship at Toronto Wildlife Centre will provide on-the-job training in basic wildlife rehabilitation skills. Interns will work full-time under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators and trained wildlife caregivers. Skills learned will include wildlife species identification and safe handling techniques, nutrition and general care of native wild species and the rehabilitation and care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Interns will assist with wildlife assessment and oversight of our wildlife nursery.


Vancouver Aquarium Externship

  • Two different externships are available within the veterinary department at the Vancouver Aquarium. As an extern you will have the chance to apply your academic learning to real-life situations under close supervision of a veterinary professional. Students will have a short-term experiential learning opportunity and gain an understanding of what it is like to be involved in a particular career field as well as make valuable professional connections. Veterinary students in their final years are encouraged to apply. Veterinary externs will work closely with the Vancouver Aquarium's veterinary staff in the medical management of a large collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish.

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