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What You Should Know About Veterinary Internships

by Neil Turner

If you are currently studying to become a veterinarian or you are just considering applying to a program, one of the aspects of the learning process you may be wondering about is veterinary internships. Most veterinary educational programs require internships as a part of the process. So, what does this mean for you? What can you expect from being a veterinary intern? Get to know some of the main facts about veterinary internships. That way, you can be sure you are prepared when the time comes to begin your first veterinary internship as a part of your program. 

Veterinary Internships Are About Continued Learning

One of the things to keep in mind is that a veterinary internship is not all fun and games. This process is about continuing to learn and grow as a veterinary student. As such, you will be expected to answer questions posed by the veterinarian about running tests, diagnosing the problem, and more. 

You will need to use the knowledge you have acquired in the classroom and put it to use in a clinical setting. The veterinary internship can determine how well and how fast you think on your feet and are able to pull from your vast and growing knowledge of veterinary care. 

Be prepared to have your knowledge put to the test and be ready to be put on the spot often. That way, you won't be taken off-guard when the occasion arises. 

Veterinary Internships Are Hands-On As Well

Not only will you be observing the veterinarian performing tests, exams, and procedures, but you will also be helping and assisting with this process. You may even be asked to perform a physical exam, administer immunizations, and perform other tasks like blood draws and the like on your own (with or sometimes without supervision). 

The idea, again, is to apply what you have learned in all of your classes to the real world. Being a veterinarian is very hands-on, and so is being a veterinary intern. Do not be surprised when you are asked to assist rather than just observe, even during major procedures. The more you are able to get in there and "do" rather than just read and watch, the better you will be at your job once you complete your veterinary training program. 

Now that you know a bit more about veterinary internships, you can be sure you are ready for yours.