If you’re like most pre-vet students, you are looking for experience! Why? Because Pre vet internships can help you earn the veterinary hours that you will list on your VMCAS (the vet school application). They can also help you get to know a vet who can write your recommendation letter for vet school and get to try out new aspects of a veterinary career and see if they might be a good fit for you.
And, of course, if you can’t wait to be a vet, you might just feel like you can’t wait to get more experience, start learning more, and start helping animals!
But looking for pre vet internships can be frustrating! Here are ten ideas for where you can start your search to find pre vet internships abroad or at home.
Join a pre vet internships abroad program. Programs such as Loop Abroad offer the opportunity to join programs targeted toward pre-vet students and work under the supervision of a vet to learn new skills. Many times, your school will grant course or internship credit for such a program, and you’ll also earn your veterinary hours in a fun setting. Pre vet internships abroad can be a great option if you want to explore working with animals that are uncommon in the US, gain international experience, or have a guaranteed experience during a set period of time.
Join social media groups for pre-vet students. Be sure to join the Facebook or other social media groups for the APVMA, your pre-vet club, and other animal-based clubs at your school. Pre vet internships may post availability in these groups.
When it comes to looking for pre vet internships, it pays to be organized and plan ahead! Write short but thoughtful emails indicating your interest and follow up by email or call if you don’t hear back. Begin your planning early so that you have time to take advantage of opportunities that come your way, and have a resume ready in case pre vet internships contact you back or you see a last-minute opening available.
"This was a great learning experience! We were able to spend a lot of time with the vets and they were constantly answering questions and sharing their knowledge. Strongly recommend this trip!"
Andrea G., College Veterinary Service 2016
Wright State University, Dayton, OH