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  • How do I find a practice that fits my areas of interest?

    The University Relations team will get to know you and what your interests are and place you into a hospital(s) that will meet your needs. We are here to make sure you get the best possible experience. After all, you are the next generation of veterinary professionals!

  • What areas of clinical interest are available?

    Small animal medicine and surgery, small animal clinical trials, avian, exotics, and wildlife animal medicine, mixed animal, equine, and a wide variety of specialties such as cardiology, opthalhmolog, ER/CC, and more. 

  • How can I learn more about what’s available to students?

    Dr. Laura Strong, Director of University Relations at CVP is always happy to talk with students about their needs:

  • Are student opps truly hands on?

    YES! We encourage as much hands-on experience as possible and encourage students to grow and gain skills based on their goals. We meet students where they are so we’re always ready and willing to help you grow to the next level.

  • Do you provide housing during externship experiences?

    Pending practice and program, housing and/or travel stipends may be available.

  • What is VetTogether?

    VetTogether is an all-expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia, home of the CVP Support Center, where Student Colleagues get to connect with each other, with CVP support center team members, and have fun exploring the city of brotherly love. All meals, lodging, and transportation are included.

  • Are your veterinary student externships paid?

    Unless a student is part of an official CVP program, they do not get paid, however we still welcome students to contact a hospital and ask for an unofficial externship to shadow and/or get experience on their own.

  • What type of clinical year externship opportunities does CVP provide?

    We have a robust clinical affiliate program as well as externship offerings that meet your academic requirements for graduation. The CVP University Relations program is flexible and can be customized to meet students’ needs.

  • Can I participate with more than one CVP hospital while in the Student Colleague Program?

    Yes, students have the opportunity to gain experience in multiple CVP hospitals, depending on location, specialty, and timing that works best.

  • Can I participate in an externship regarding a specialty?

    Yes, The CVP community includes many specialty hospitals including ER/CC, Equine, Ophthalmology, and much more!

  • What is the CVP Student Colleague Program?

    Our eight-week Student Colleague Program is designed to give veterinary students an immersive, hands-on experience at hospital sites specifically chosen for their interest in teaching future generations of veterinarians. Students can rotate hospitals if they want to try different specialties or locations as well.

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