Externship Opportunities for Veterinary Students

Multiple locations throughout the country


Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) is a non-profit veterinary outreach program combining community service and veterinary mentorship to bring free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible.

Each year six RAVS staff members and more than 350 volunteers provide essential veterinary care for more than 8,000 animals, all at no cost to the clients or communities we serve. In addition the program provides valuable training and experience for hundreds of future veterinary professionals that goes far beyond anything they could learn in a classroom alone.

Veterinary students can use RAVS clinics as externships and other types of school credit depending on the requirements of their school.  RAVS team members can help students with paperwork and lend a hand with having their school recognize the RAVS program as an option for externships.  

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Ahne Simonsen, DVM
[email protected]


South Florida Wildlife Center
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


The South Florida Wildlife Center is located in warm Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The facility rescues more than 12,000 animals a year, most of whom are native species such as alligators, egrets, opossums, pelicans, turtles and otters. The center rescues and rehabilitates injured, abused and orphaned animals until they can be returned to the wild.

The center also takes in several thousand exotic animals each year—including pet pythons let loose in swamps, parrots who have escaped captivity, as well as exotic mammals whose owners abandon or surrender them. While some exotics can survive in Florida’s climate, they can threaten indigenous species. For these victims of the exotic pet trade, the center provides shelter and adoption services, finding good homes for animals who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

This externship offers a wide variety of experiences for fourth-year veterinary students in triage, surgery, and treatment of a variety of species. This externship is ideal for students considering wildlife, zoo or exotic animal medicine. A six-week commitment is preferred, but the program can be tailored toward a shorter time commitment if necessary.

What does an extern learn at SFWC? Find out in this video made by a 2013 summer extern»

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Antonia Gardner, DVM
3200 SW 4th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 524-4302