Veterinary Medicine Externships – Hawthorne Animal Hospital

Veterinary Student Externships Real-World Experience to Give You a Head Start on Your Career

All vet students need externships in a clinic setting to build their medical skills or meet veterinary school graduation requirements. But why limit your experience to shadowing veterinarians when you can work with them to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the exam room?

At Hawthorne Animal Hospital, we value the knowledge and perspectives you bring to your externship and do everything we can to ensure you get the most out of your time with us. Our veterinarians don’t just bark orders at you—instead, you’ll be fully immersed in patient care, including actively participating in hospital rounds, sharing your insights on cases and diagnoses, and for fourth-year students, scrubbing in on procedures and surgeries.

Explore Your Opportunities

Because Hawthorne is a full-service, AAHA-accredited hospital, you can tailor your externship to an area that most interests you or work one-on-one with veterinarians in all areas of care for a comprehensive learning experience, both of which help open doors to an incredible career. Our lineup of specialties include:

  • Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Underwater treadmill therapy
  • Behavior consults
  • Exotics and wildlife

The Benefits of Interning With Hawthorne Animal Hospital

The veterinarians of Hawthorne consider your choice to intern with us an honor. In return for you putting your trust in us during this important milestone in your education, we go above and beyond to make your experience the best it can be by offering a variety of benefits:

  • Two- to four-week externships available throughout the year
  • Opportunities for all currently enrolled Doctor of Veterinary medicine students, regardless of study year
  • Rotations tailored to each student based on your interests
  • Real-world, hands-on experience
  • The chance to network with our veterinarians and with vet students from across the country
  • Flexible schedules, including overnight and weekend rotations
  • Hotel costs are 100% covered by Hawthorne
  • Located in Glen Carbon, Ill, just 20 minutes from the excitement of downtown St. Louis

Schedule Your Externship Interview

We’re excited to welcome you to the Hawthorne team! Please complete the form below, and our coordinator will work with you and your veterinary school to be sure your externship aligns with their graduation guidelines. We also welcome first- and second-year students who want to build their resume over summer or spring break, but are not yet eligible for course credit.

Interested in our Externship program? Contact us for more information!