The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Veterinary Student Externship is a two-week (40 hours/week) unpaid learning opportunity, designed to deliver spay/neuter surgical instruction, and offer students a behind-the-scenes look into the world of spay/neuter and shelter medicine. The program is open to senior veterinary students attending AVMA-accredited colleges who have completed at least the course and clinical surgery portion of their veterinary training (not rotations).
Externs will experience surgical instruction and practice seven out of the program’s ten days. The exact curriculum is determined by patient/case availability and each student’s ability. Historically, most students have performed 15-25 surgeries over the two-week period.
Apply for the Program
Step 1: Submit an Application
Indicate your interest by submitting our Application Form, which includes the following:
- A request for your externship/preceptorship coordinator's contact details
- Agreement to the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding
You will be contacted within one week to discuss available blocks. Once dates are confirmed, you will be sent an acceptance letter. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Step 2: Fill Out the Pre-arrival Form & Submit Housing Payment
Three months prior to your scheduled externship:
- Complete the Pre-arrival Form. This includes the important first step of your North Carolina license application.
- If you indicated in your initial application that you would like to stay in our dorm facility, please submit payment of $100, using PayPal. Please also ensure that you bring your own sheets and pillow cases (a pillow and blanket will be provided) and towels.
Step 3: Apply for the NC Intern Permit
Two months prior to your scheduled externship, you will be sent the name and details of your instructor. With this information, you will be able to complete the online application for the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) intern permit.
The application also requires:
- Creating a registration login on the NCVMB website;
- A credit card, check, or e-check payment of $25;
- A dean’s letter verifying your good academic standing and your current student status (e.g., full-time, fourth-year student);
- A copy of your social security card.
Once our instructor receives the request through this system, and approves your application, the NCVMB will process your application and send us your permit. You will also receive an email confirmation that your permit has been approved.
Step 4: Prepare for Arrival
Please make sure you are familiar with the details of our program by reading the following information before you arrive: