Residencies & Internships

Real work. Real world.

From anesthesiology to zoo pathology, internships and residencies at the College of Veterinary Medicine engage students in real-world health issues, linking biomedical research with practical applications to improve lives.

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine provides graduate professional training to interns and residents through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Recruitment and selection for this program are through the Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP).

Clinical Residency Programs

Residency programs are designed to complete or largely complete the training requirements for veterinary clinical specialty board certification as well as to provide the candidate the opportunity to conduct applied or basic research. Unless the applicant for a residency already holds an MS or PhD degree, the residency will be combined with the MS program.

Availability of residency programs vary. To view current residency opportunities, please visit

[equine surgery resident performing ortho surgery]
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Equine Internal Medicine
  • Equine Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Theriogenology
  • Zoological Companion Medicine

A residency in zoological and aquatic animal medicine is offered jointly by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, and John G. Shedd Aquarium. Go to the zoo and aquatic animal medicine residency page.

A residency in Zoological and Wildlife Health Management is offered jointly by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo. Go to the and the zoological and wildlife health management residency page.

Residencies in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, microbiology, and zoological anatomic pathology are offered as well. For information on how to apply, please visit the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory residency page.

The length of a residency is defined by the appropriate clinical specialty board of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The length of time required to satisfy the objectives of a combined residency/MS program is three years for most clinical specialty boards, or up to four years for radiology boards.

Internship Opportunities

Internships allow DVM graduates an opportunity to hone their clinical skills in a busy specialty hospital setting.

[student and intern prepare bobcat for CT]

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
  • Surgery

Large animal internships are available in:

  • Equine Medicine and Surgery
  • Rural Animal Health Management section

Special internships are available in:

  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Shelter Medicine
  • Wildlife

For details on internships at the College of Veterinary Medicine, visit the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine webpage.

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