Veterinary Student Externship

About the Program

Externships are available to veterinary students in their third or fourth year of school. Student externs gain experience working in a specialty department of a high-volume referral hospital. Externs will work under the supervision of a specialist and closely with the technicians. Responsibilities may vary by facility, but may include participating in rounds, patient treatments and diagnostics, and (when applicable) educational department meetings, as well as observing client interactions and learning about case management and the workings of a multi-department hospital.

Program Location

We currently offer opportunities in Massachusetts (Woburn, North Andover, and Natick) and New Hampshire (Portsmouth).

Program Schedule

Externships are generally for 1 week in one department for third-year students and 1-2 weeks (1 or 2 departments) for fourth-year students. Special exceptions may be made to the schedule based the applicant’s level of expertise and the staff’s availability to accommodate requests. Longer Preceptorships for students at schools such as Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science or UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College may also be possible.

Externs can expect to begin work by 7 am or 8 am and may be called upon to put in a 12-hour day.  As all our hospitals are 24hr/365-day facilities, externs should expect to work on the weekends.

About You

  • Applicants must be third or fourth year students of accredited domestic or international veterinary schools, pursuing a DVM, VMD or foreign equivalent.
  • Externs are required to have liability coverage either through their veterinary school or personal coverage through the AVMA’s student liability coverage program.
  • Externs must have their own lodging and transportation.

Externship Availability by Location

Please consult this grid to find which hospitals may offer an externship in the area you are seeking. You will need to reference this information in the application.

Departments can accommodate one extern at a time and availability may depend on the staffing schedule of the department. Note: some departments operate on a 4-day/week schedule.

Mass Vet
Woburn, MA 
Boston West
Natick, MA 
Port City
Portsmouth, NH
N. Andover, MA
Emergency & Critical Care

(excluding July)
Internal Medicine

(excluding August)
(excluding June-September)

(requires flexible schedule)


Application information

Please click HERE to apply directly to the Externship program. Please note that you should keep track of the hospital and specialty where you are interested in doing your externship as we will ask it again during the application process.

Once we’ve received your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If your application contains all the necessary information, please allow 3-6 weeks for us to schedule and confirm your externship.

24 Hour Emergency & Specialty

Boston West Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

Natick, MA 01760


Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Latham, NY 12110


Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Woburn, MA 01801


Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

Portsmouth, NH 03801


General Practice, Emergency & Specialty

Bulger Veterinary Hospital

North Andover, MA 01845
ER: 978.725.5544 GP: 978.682.9905