Veterinary Internships

A guide to equine internships in the UK and US


Who Am I?

I am a final year veterinary medicine student at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

What Was My Experience?

I wanted to apply for an equine internship starting upon graduation and wanted to do know all of the available options.

Why Have I Written This?

Because there is very limited information available offering guidance or advice about veterinary internships (in my case equine) and I struggled for a long time to piece it all together to allow me to do what I needed to do to secure an internship.

Where Am I Now?

I got an internship at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in California, which added the extra dimension of the US application process.

Finding Internships


These are usually listed in the Vet Record Careers in the Spring of the year the internship would start (July). Some institutions e.g. RVC offer an extra internship beginning in January which is applied for at the same time as July ones!


Conveniently the majority of equine internships are run by the VIRMP (Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program).

There are however a few private pratices (as opposed to universities) who run their own applications and are outside the matching program. These can often be found on the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practioners) website or just by searching the internet!


What is required?

Ususally a CV, letter of intent and 3 references.


Letter of Intent

This is the bit I struggled with most. What is expected (at least in the case of America) is approximately one side of A4 extolling your virtues.


Ideally these would be written by an equine vet who you have spent a fair amount of time with, whether from EMS or university. Your university tutor should also write you a reference if you ask.

Going to America

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