Veterinary Internship at Friendship Hospital

In many industries, the title “intern” attaches to an individual who is spending a limited time in a professional setting but has not completed professional training and may, in fact, just be exploring a profession to find out if it is a good “fit” for him or her. This is true in the fields of law and architecture and finance, among others. This is not true, however, in veterinary medicine.

In the field of veterinary medicine, the title “intern” or “Rotating Doctor” is only applied to a graduate veterinarian who has elected to pursue advanced postgraduate clinical training. This is commonly the case in human medicine where internships are required for licensure. In veterinary medicine, however, there is no such requirement and only about 25% of graduate veterinarians are motivated to seek an internship.

A person becomes a veterinarian on the day of graduation from veterinary college. On that day, she has earned a doctorate degree, thus meriting the title, “doctor.” As in human medicine, the degree is generally conferred after four years of undergraduate study and four years of professional school. Upon graduation and the successful completion of a National Board Examination, the veterinarian is eligible for licensure in any state in the nation. No additional training is required. The majority of graduating veterinarians begin practicing days or weeks after leaving school. Some work with associates and some may work by themselves as solo practitioners.

Those electing to pursue more training do so completely voluntarily. These are generally the most highly motivated and successful of the graduating class. In return for the advanced clinical training they receive, interns may work long hours and receive lower compensation than those classmates who do not do internships. Internships are highly competitive. At Friendship, we receive more than 70 applicants for our twelve Rotating Doctor positions. Only university teaching hospitals or high-caseload private practices with specialists are able to offer internships attractive to new graduates.

At Friendship, our Rotating Doctors spend several weeks concentrating in each of our areas of specialty. They are required to attend teaching sessions and seminars, present research or scientific lectures, participate in professional journal reviews, as well as see patients as an integrated member of the hospital team. Our program is a hospital asset of which we are very proud. Very few private animal hospitals are qualified to offer internships. Ours is not only qualified but, in large part because of our commitment to excellence, is recognized as one of the very best in the country.

Internships (human and veterinary) generally begin in June. Each June, Friendship welcomes a new group of Rotating Doctors. They come from varied backgrounds and have graduated from some of the finest veterinary colleges in the country. They are highly motivated, ambitious, and committed to the care of your companions. They have gone through a highly competitive selection process and are willing to put in long hours in order to be here at Friendship.

Now that you know how well trained, talented, and dedicated our Rotating Doctors are, we hope that you will welcome them. You should have confidence in the care they provide your pets knowing that they are some of the finest graduate veterinarians in the country.

Meet this year's Rotating Doctors.