Internships

It is highly recommended that students in the Veterinary Technology Program have some work experience participating in the daily activities of a veterinary hospital to better understand and relate to the concepts that are taught. Internships are available with local veterinary partners for students to apply the knowledge that is learned in class.

Internship FAQs

How do I get work experience?

There are no licensing or certifications required to work as a veterinary assistant or kennel attendant.  The Veterinary Technology Program classes are at night so that you can work in a veterinary hospital during the day. If you are unable to find a job in the veterinary field by the time you start the program, internships are offered. Volunteer, seek employment, or register for an internship as a kennel or veterinary assistant at a local veterinary hospital, humane society, or county animal services.

Are internships a required part of the Veterinary Technology Program?

No. Internships are voluntary. It is strongly advisable that Veterinary Technology students obtain clinical experience working with a veterinarian while taking the program.  We have partnered with local veterinarians to offer an internship program for those who are not yet employed in the veterinary medical field. Internships are only available for students in the program.

How do I arrange an internship?

Internships are available for students currently in the Veterinary Technology Program in coordination with Hancock College's Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program. They are available during the fall and spring semesters and are 13 weeks in duration. Students will receive detailed instructions regarding internships on the first day of class.

My business is interested in offering internships to Veterinary Technology students. How do I get involved?

Contact Richard Seidenberg, Veterinary Technology Program Coordinator at rseidenberg@hancockcollege.edu.

Does it cost anything to be an internship partner?

No. The internships are unpaid and worker’s compensation coverage is provided by Allan Hancock College.

What are my obligations as an internship partner?

Supervisors will be required and must be willing to do the following:

  • Meet with the faculty advisor at your facility
  • Sign off and approve the student’s workplace learning objectives (form provided by the student)
  • Sign timesheets (form provided by the student)
  • Complete a brief student evaluation (form provided by the student)

How is the intern selected?

Interested students will choose from a list of participating veterinary partners and contact you to set up an initial interview.

How do I structure the internship program at my facility?

Students are given a list of goals to choose from based on the intern’s interests and skill levels. The student and work supervisor review these goals and select three during the initial interview. 

How do I arrange the intern’s work schedule?

Meet with the student to offer a flexible schedule that will accommodate the student's school schedule. The ideal schedule would be 4 hours per day, 2 to 3 days a week for 13 weeks. The student must complete a minimum of 60 hours.

Who should I designate as the intern’s supervisor?

The supervisor in charge of training ideally would be a DVM, RVT, or experienced veterinary assistant and should be someone who enjoys sharing their knowledge and skills.

What other tasks can the intern perform when not focused on learning one of the specific assigned goals?

The intern should be performing background work such as reviewing safety protocols and procedure manuals, accessing the clinic’s library or assisting as needed with day to day tasks.

I am very impressed with my intern and would like to offer employment. Is this allowed?

Yes. The student may be available to hire as an employee after completing the internship.

 

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