Professional Educational Opportunities

Veterinary Student Clinical Externships

We offer two- to four-week Shelter Medicine and Surgery Externships to senior (fourth year) veterinary students. Shelter weeks focus on processes around the transfer, impoundment and adoption of companion animals. Students have the opportunity to hone physical exam skills and learn about disease control, behavior evaluation, and behavior modification in the shelter environment. Clinical weeks in our hospital include a wide variety of skill appropriate procedures, including medical diagnostics, treatments, and supervised sterilization surgeries for shelter and foster animals.

Students are encouraged to apply early, as dates fill quickly and we cannot guarantee date availability until student application process is confirmed.  Wait lists may be available. View our application informationPlease include your name, school, and anticipated graduation date in all of your correspondence. We can confirm externship blocks upon receipt of any one of the required application documents. Please note – externship blocks are not available during May, June or July.

Veterinary Technician Apprenticeships and Internships

In conjunction with AVMA accredited veterinary technician programs, HSBV’s veterinary practice offers opportunities for veterinary technician students to complete their school clinical externship, internship, or apprenticeship requirements. We cannot accept veterinary assistant students at this time.

  • Community College of Denver (CCD) – Students interested in the 2-year apprenticeship program should inquire through the college. Apprentices are hired by HSBV on a temporary basis, must be enrolled with CCD, and must meet all pre-employment requirements for HSBV employment.

If your program is not specifically listed, please contact your school’s clinical externship coordinator.