Intern/Extern Opportunities

The SF SPCA offers general practice externship opportunities for 4th year veterinary candidates from UC Davis & Western University College of Veterinary Medicine degree programs. Students can experience a modern, full-service general practice hospital at our Mission 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. 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 Hospital is 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. 

Community Cares Program

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

Spay-Neuter Clinic, 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 Coordinator for more info about SF SPCA externships:


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