Veterinary Externship at Friendship Hospital

Friendship Hospital for Animals is the most trusted animal health care facility in Washington D.C. We provide high-quality primary, emergency and specialty care to more than 65,000 dogs and cats each year. We also have a strong commitment to training the next generation of veterinarians. We see this as an investment in the future of our field and, to that end, we welcome veterinary students to come to the hospital for externships and to consider applying for our internship through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.

FHA’s externship program provides veterinary students with an outstanding opportunity to observe and learn in a high quality practice with a large and diverse case load. Extern students may shadow in our primary care, emergency or specialty care services.

Our progressive Primary Care department provides comprehensive wellness care, including pediatric and geriatric care, general surgery, and dentistry.

Our busy Urgent Care Service is the only 24/7 emergency provider within the capital beltway. Backed up by our Critical Care Service, we provide high quality intensive care and collaborate with other departments within to hospital to provide optimal care for hospitalized inpatients. We accept emergency referrals from and work closely with a large network of local primary care providers.

We have a wide range of specialty departments that are all staffed by highly trained specialists, including Neurology, Specialty Surgery, Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, Anesthesia (including Rehabilitation and Pain Management Services), and Dermatology (coming soon!) We partner with The Oncology Service for cancer care. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities include advanced imaging (US, CT, MRI) and a full in-house laboratory overseen by a boarded clinical pathologist.

We invite interested students to contact our Extern Coordinator, Dr. Kimberly Schultz. Externs are accepted January through May and July through December. This is a rotating externship with opportunities to shadow in Primary Care, Urgent Care and Specialty Services. No direct patient care is involved. Externs may spend 1-3 weeks at FHA (2 weeks is recommended). Multiple externs may be accommodated at a time with sufficient advance notice. Preference is given to third and fourth year students. The schedule is flexible, generally weekdays/day shifts with some evening Urgent Care shifts. Housing is not provided.