Internship Program, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Internship Program

All Internships are 12.5 months, non-degree programs.  The Internship Program's main objective is the guidance of the Intern in the in-depth management of clinical cases.

Small Animal Internships involve a rotation of duty in most of the following areas: anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, emergency and critical care, oncology, ophthalmology, medicine, radiology/imaging, and surgery. Large Animal Internships are available in the Equine Medicine and Surgery section and the Farm Animal Reproduction, Medicine, and Surgery section. Interns work under the supervision of senior staff members, are responsible for some of the daily services of the clinic, and provide emergency services on a rotating basis. Interns share some teaching responsibilities in the form of intern seminars, rounds, and clinical instructions to senior students.

Preparation of a manuscript (e.g., case report) and participation in the annual intern seminar are required as part of the Internship Program. Upon successful completion of the program, an Internship Certificate is awarded. The internships fulfill the requirements of the appropriate clinical specialty boards.

Internships start in late June and are usually filled via the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (

Interns are entitled to 10 working days of vacation each year, in addition to the regular national holidays.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.