Externship Opportunities at the ASPCA
ASPCA Animal Hospital Externship Program
The ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) is a non-profit animal hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that provides high quality, specialized and general medical care to animals belonging to the public, as well as to shelter animals, and those who have been victims of cruelty. We are staffed by one full-time board-certified internist, a full time board-certified surgeon, 12 generalists, seven interns, and a part-time board-certified surgeon. Doctors’ rounds are held daily. Our ICU provides 24-hour care with a nursing staff of exclusively licensed veterinary technicians.
Animals that are seized by the NYPD for alleged abuse are brought to AAH and cared for by our veterinarians. AAH also provides hospitalization and 24-hour care for shelter animals in need of more intensive care and monitoring, as well as animals rescued from hoarding situations. In addition, we provide subsidized care to pets of those with financial challenges; our environment is highly rewarding as we are able to provide high-level services to populations of animals who otherwise would have no resource for veterinary assistance.
There is an enormous amount of information to be gained by exposure to our extensive caseload. Interaction with clinicians, interns, and technicians allows students to learn emergency medicine, preventive medicine, shelter medicine, the identification and treatment of victims of cruelty, and to observe advanced diagnostics for complicated medical and surgical conditions. All are welcome to attend lectures, medical rounds and continuing education seminars. Our externship program is unique in that students are exposed to small animal medicine, shelter medicine and our work providing high-quality veterinary care to households with financial challenges, all at the same time.
Candidates must be third- or fourth-year veterinary students in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine. We do not enroll any students for externships from June 15 through July 15. We can accommodate veterinary student externs for a maximum of two weeks. Unfortunately, we do not offer housing accommodations or parking. Applications must be received at least one month prior to the requested start date. Fill out the externship application form and submit with a copy of your CV. For additional information please email Gabriella Maisonet at [email protected].
ASPCA Adoption Center Externship
The ASPCA Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a spacious, state-of-the-art shelter with highly qualified veterinarians and behavior specialists on staff. This externship enables externs to work with three shelter veterinarians performing physical examinations, vaccinations and minor medical procedures on over 300 shelter animals. The department’s medical director is board-certified in shelter medicine and provides oversight in the medical care of the ASPCA Adoption Center animals. Candidates may also have the option to spend some time with the ASPCA’s Community Engagement (CE) program, Community Medicine (CM) program, seasonal Kitten Nursery (KN) program, Forensics program, ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) and Animal Recovery Center (ARC) program if an opportunity arises. All externs are welcome to attend lectures and routine medical and behavioral rounds. Candidates must be third or fourth-year veterinary students in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine and have participated in at least one clinical rotation prior to attendance. Externships are a minimum of two weeks and can be up to four weeks in duration. Applications must be received at least two months prior to the requested start date. Fill out the externship application form and submit with a copy of your CV. For additional information, email Dr. Felicia Magnaterra at [email protected].
ASPCA Externship in Veterinary Forensic Medicine
The ASPCA and the New York Police Department (NYPD) established a historic and groundbreaking partnership in January 2014. NYPD became responsible for law enforcement response to all animal cruelty complaints in New York City, and the ASPCA continued to be responsible for the forensic evaluation and medical care of all animal victims of abuse.
Animals who are suspected victims of cruelty are evaluated by the Forensic Sciences team. These animals are provided the care necessary for medical and behavioral recovery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. The Forensic Sciences team works to support casework and advance and execute the application of veterinary medicine and forensic sciences to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of cruelty to animals.
In addition to animal cruelty cases, the ASPCA Policy, Response and Engagement group has a Community Engagement program. This program aims to improve welfare and keep pets and people together, when appropriate by working in collaboration with NYPD and other agencies to intervene in situations that don’t necessarily benefit from a punitive approach. Cases and situations range from animal hoarding, dogs with inadequate shelter, homelessness and their pets and more.
Forensics externs will be exposed to all the basic areas of forensic veterinary medicine. They will participate in the intake of all new cases brought by NYPD to the ASPCA Animal Hospital. They will observe live forensic evaluations and forensic necropsies. If the opportunity presents itself, the students will participate in a crime scene investigation, attend a criminal trial, and/or spend a day in the field with the Community Engagement team.
Candidates must be third- or fourth-year veterinary students in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine. Externships are from two to four weeks in duration. Unfortunately, we do not offer housing accommodations or parking. Please complete the externship application form and submit with a copy of your CV. For additional information, please contact Adrianna Ruiz via email at [email protected].
This is a popular externship. Please apply at least six months prior to the requested start date.
ASPCA Externship in Community Medicine
The ASPCA offers a new externship opportunity through its Community Medicine department. The Community Medicine department was founded in January 2016, combining the existing HQHVSN program with a new program that also provides preventive and basic veterinary care. Our mission is to improve animal welfare and support pet-owning families. In 2018 Community Medicine performed over 66,000 spay/neuter surgeries and provided veterinary care services to over 14,000 patients in underserved communities in New York and Los Angeles.
Community Medicine externs will gain first-hand experience in providing affordable and accessible veterinary care in communities that experience persistent poverty or have demonstrated other barriers to accessing care. Through our Primary Pet Care program (PPC), externs will interact with staff and patients, learning how to get the most out of a physical exam and expand communication skills by working with diverse communities. Externs will help provide basic medical care for common illnesses such as eye or ear infections, obtain medical histories, draw and administer vaccinations, and other non-invasive diagnostics. Externs will also have the ability to shadow our HQHVSN programs and spend a day working alongside our Community Engagement team.
Candidates must be third or fourth-year veterinary students in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine. Fourth year students will have priority. We do not enroll any students for externships from December 24 through January 1. We can accommodate veterinary student externs for a maximum of 2 weeks at one of our New York City locations. Unfortunately, we do not offer housing accommodations or parking.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our externship application period is closed until further notice. Once re-opened, fill out the externship application form and submit with a copy of your CV. For additional information please email Stefanie Leguillow at [email protected]. Applications must be received at least two months prior to the requested start date.