Intern/Extern Opportunities

The SF SPCA offers general practice externship opportunities for 4th year veterinary candidates from U.S.-based degree programs. Students can experience a modern, full-service general practice hospital at the Mission Campus or a 24 hour emergent/preventive care facility at our Pacific Heights Campus. We are unique in that our general practice programs integrate with our community medicine programs introducing veterinary students with an interest in rescue and welfare to a progressive, clinical care model in a large, urban setting.

We have a medical staff of 40+ DVMs, including a board-certified internal medicine specialist. Student externs gain valuable experience at the SF SPCA campuses. We also host interns (first year post-graduates) for spay/neuter surgical rotations via the VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists internship program. The SF SPCA does not offer internships for veterinary post-graduates or training to veterinarians seeking s/n surgical experience.

Student externs participate in the following modules as available:

Veterinary Hospital & Emergency Services

Our Veterinary Hospitals are open seven days per week. Externs gain experience with treatment plans, client communication, gathering patient histories, surgical procedures, emergency services medicine, preventive care, dentistry and diagnostics. Students are invited to participate in daily hospital rounds and continuing education events.  Externs can choose either, the SF SPCA Mission Campus or the SF SPCA Pacific Heights Campus.

Spay-Neuter Clinic

The Spay-Neuter clinic at the SF SPCA Mission Campus hosts 4th year students and veterinary interns.  We provide opportunities for learning quality, high volume spay and neuter techniques under the direct supervision of our surgical team. Externs from California veterinary schools are able to gain hands-on surgical experience. (Available at Mission Campus only)

Community Cares Program

Our Community Cares Program provides experience with feral cat outreach, spay-neuter and treatment and coordinates our twice-monthly vaccine clinics. (Weekend availability mostly.  Based at Mission Campus, but externs at either campus attend clinics.)

Feline Wellness Center

Our Feline Wellness Center at the Pacific Heights campus sees thousands of feline patients per year and the Center focuses on cat-specific needs and services.

Shelter Medicine & Behavior Externships

At this time, we are redeveloping our educational offerings in Shelter Medicine and Behavior Medicine.  We hope to create an experience that provides externs with tangible knowledge they can apply upon graduation.  While we are under construction, we would be happy to provide an in depth tour of our facilities.

Contact the Clinician Staff Manager for more info about SF SPCA externships: mpawlowski@sfspca.org

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