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. Most students perform approximately 15 surgeries over the two-week period.
We are currently full for the 2019 and 2020 calendar year rotation blocks.
On December 1, 2019, we will be launching a new online registration system that will allow you to choose your own two-week rotation dates for 2021. Please check back with us then to submit your application. Please keep in mind that you must be at least a rising junior to apply to attend in your senior year. If you have already submitted an application with us, and have not yet been scheduled, you will need to submit a new application once we release the 2021 calendar blocks.
Instructions for Scheduled Students
Submitting Housing Payment
Once your dates have been finalized, and if you indicated in your initial application that you would like to stay in our dorm facility, please submit payment of $100, using PayPal.
Applying 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 send us your permit. You will also receive an email confirmation that your permit has been approved.
Preparing for Arrival