Intern/Extern Opportunities

Experience a modern, full-service general practice, a progressive model shelter and adoption center and a high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter clinic under one roof.  Or consider focusing on preventative, full-service general practice at a 24 hour emergent care facility. Now, with two campuses we offer both experiences!

We have a medical staff of 35+ DVMs, including a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Veterinary externs from all over the world gain valuable experience at the SF SPCA campuses. We host internship rotations through VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists and other local internship programs. 

Spay-Neuter Clinic

The SF SPCA S-N clinic hosts 3rd and 4th year students and veterinary interns.  We provide opportunities for learning quality, high volume S-N techniques under the direct supervision of our surgical team. Externs from California veterinary schools are able to gain hands-on surgical experience.  Our Community Cares Program provides experience with feral cat outreach, spay-neuter and treatment.

Veterinary Hospital and Emergency Services

Our Veterinary Hospitals are open seven days per week. Interns/externs gain experience with treatment plans, client contact, gathering patient histories, surgical procedures, emergency services medicine, 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, formerly Pets Unlimited.

Shelter Medicine

The shelter medicine department never closes. After spending time with staff in our state-of- the-art shelter, you will understand proper husbandry, vaccine protocols, infectious disease prevention and treatment, environmental enrichment and adopter counseling. Depending on interest and experience, students may be asked to examine and diagnose shelter animals, and develop a treatment plan overseen by a staff veterinarian.

Other Opportunities

We maintain partnerships with various Bay Area rescue organizations. Spending time with organizations like SF Animal Care and Control or Vet SOS provides invaluable rescue organization experience for students.