Veterinary preceptorship and veterinary technician externship opportunities

At Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, you can get real-world experience and hands-on training working under some of the best veterinarians in the field. If you are studying to become a veterinarian or a veterinary technician, or you are seeking a career in veterinary shelter medicine, explore the possibility of completing your preceptorship or externship at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Fourth-year veterinary student preceptorship

If you are a fourth-year veterinary student considering a career in shelter medicine, there is no better place than Best Friends to spend your preceptorship. Under the guidance of Best Friends veterinarians, you will participate in performing daily medical rounds of the sanctuary animals, practicing making diagnoses and offering treatment recommendations. You will acquire experience interpreting diagnostic testing and giving opinions about medical treatments being used on particular animals.

In addition, if your surgical experience is appropriate, you will perform spay/neuter surgeries and possibly other surgical procedures as well. Students will practice conducting scheduled appointments with the public and may take part in emergency situations. There is ongoing medical care for animals hospitalized at the Sanctuary. And, as time permits, special projects may be suggested or assigned. Best Friends has a beautifully equipped, state-of-the-art veterinary clinic for homeless pets and some of the best vets on the planet. Take part in this experience of a lifetime!

The length of the preceptor rotation is two weeks.

Read the complete veterinary preceptor description.
Download and complete the application.

Veterinary technician externship program

If you are enrolled in a certified veterinary technical program and you are interested in animal welfare or working in a sanctuary setting, then this may be the externship opportunity for you.
The veterinary technician externship program is open to individuals who are age 20 and over, who are currently enrolled in a certified veterinary technician program, and who have at least six months of experience working in a clinical setting. If you are interested in pursuing a career within a sanctuary setting, this externship will be particularly beneficial.

The program gives you hands-on experience with setting catheters, drawing blood, restraining animals, cleaning surgical instruments and assembling surgical packs, assisting in surgery, cleaning kennels, performing medical treatments on patients and helping with radiographs (if the student has taken a safety course). You may be asked to perform general care of hospitalized patients, such as feeding, walking, cleaning living areas, doing laboratory work (e.g., fecals, urinalysis, preparing lab samples) and assisting in cleaning the hospital at the end of the day. There may be other duties assigned, depending on the needs of the animal patients, but you will always be under the supervision and guidance of our top-notch veterinary staff.

The length of this externship rotation is four weeks.

Read the complete veterinary technician extern description.
Download and complete the application.

Extern scholarship opportunities

Thanks to some very generous Best Friends supporters, externship scholarships are available. Externs are eligible to apply for scholarships once they’ve been accepted into the externship program. An extern scholarship can help you with travel, lodging and general living expenses during the externship. Housing is not provided and all expenses, including living and travel expenses, are the responsibility of the intern.

See available scholarships

Email for additional program information or application instructions. Please let us know which program you are interested in pursuing.

Best Friends also offers internships. Learn more.

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