Small Animal Externships

Tailored Experiences

Vets Pets offers dynamic externships for veterinary students, providing a tailored experience across our 30+ clinics in North Carolina.


Why Vets Pets

Vets Pets is a growing, privately owned company in North Carolina with locations spanning from the mountains to the coast. We focus on advancing veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession to meet diverse community needs.


Externship Experience

Because Vets Pets has such a wide array of services, we can tailor your experience based on your professional interest. You can focus on one practice or rotate between Board-Certified Surgical services, Emergency services, General Practice (some practices include Exotics), and a Spay/Neuter clinic.


Mentorship and Learning

In addition to the opportunity to learn from our talented and experienced DVM staff, you will be assigned a mentor that will prove a valuable resource throughout your externship program.



Externships are open to currently enrolled third and fourth-year veterinary students. We also offering shadowing opportunities for other students. Availability for evenings, nights, and weekends is expected, especially for those interested in emergency services.


Duration and Housing

We are open to flexibility for the length of your experience to best fit your academic needs and our available resources, with a typical length of two to six weeks. We offer housing at certain locations.

Hear it from Former Externs

"Thank you Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital for the wonderful externship opportunity. I learned a lot from management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis to having the opportunity to place drains for the first time. I am thankful for this experience and hope to see you guys soon!”

Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

"My experience at Wake Veterinary Hospital better prepared me for clinical practice and emergency medicine. The veterinarians and staff are extremely knowledgeable, efficient, and excel with client communication. The various styles of medicine and surgery performed from each veterinarian allowed me to develop my critical thinking and clinical skills and adopt several techniques. They would take the time to listen to my assessment, and diagnostic and treatment plan which was supported and critiqued in a constructive manner. I would recommend this welcoming, high-quality Hospital to future students."

Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine

"I was able to get more hands on experience through my Vets Pets externship than I thought was possible at an off campus externship! I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to dive right in and get their hands dirty in vet med!”

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Taking the Next Step

Interested in talking more about the externships at Vets Pets hospitals? Please fill out the form and we’ll schedule a formal introduction.

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