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you chose this path for a reason — so have we

Help your passion and education grow into a lifelong career.

you’ve always been a pet person.

now you’re ready to put that passion to work.

As the next generation of veterinary professionals, it’s important that you’re career-ready as soon as you graduate. That’s why CVP’s student programs give you the opportunity to work alongside seasoned vets, equipping you with true hands-on experience delivering great care.

With more than 125 hospital locations in our community, there is a perfect fit to supplement your education.

  • hands-on, real-world clinical experiences
  • exciting, fast-paced entrepreneurial environments
  • mentoring by experienced veterinarians
  • participate in leadership seminars and educational events
mentorship makes a difference

Every veterinarian brings unique perspectives and experiences, but we all share a commitment to caring for our patients, our communities, and one another. Whether you're just starting out or have experience to share, our mentorship program is for you.

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Student Colleagues

Our eight-week Student Colleague Program gives veterinary students an immersive experience at hospital sites specifically chosen for their interest in teaching future generations of veterinarians.

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LMU Clinical Affiliate

Through a partnership with Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM), CVP offers real-world clinical experiences for fourth-year veterinary students.

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Student Ambassador program

Through on-campus outreach programs and initiatives, our Student Ambassadors help veterinary students engage in opportunities to help them thrive.

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CVP is pleased to offer externships to veterinary students. The CVP hospital sites include opportunities in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Exotics, Mixed Animal Practice, and a unique Small Animal Clinical Trial Externship. Our customizable hands-on externship experiences are designed to augment the veterinary school curriculum. Our hospital teams seek to support the veterinary student as they improve and enhance their technical, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

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hear from others like you
  • "The CVP Student Colleague Program was different from others I had experienced. I was emotionally and financially supported by CVP and they were really connected with me the whole time. Everyone at my hospital site was very accepting and being new, regardless of being a student or not, is scary. You want to feel welcome; you don’t want to feel like you’re in the way or that you’re a burden, and I never felt that way as a CVP Student Colleague. The program was exceptional in many ways, but especially at Chippens Hill where I ..."

    Dr. Amanda DeJesus, Associate Veterinarian Chippens Hill Animal Hospital | Past CVP Student Colleague
  • "When you first graduate, there is much more pressure and stress than anyone expects. Having gained the mentor relationship during my time as a CVP Student Colleague, I felt better prepared for what to expect after graduation. It’s not just about the medicine, but about the personal and emotional support and always having access to the guidance I needed when a challenge arose. Fostering those relationships made my post-grad experience very positive."

    Dr. Rachel Pound, Associate Veterinarian Paradise Animal Hospital | Past CVP Student Colleague
  • "I mainly used the self-guided resources available in the free Ginger app from CVP. I enjoyed all the different modules, and that the app would recommend different ones to me based on what I said I was interested in. Due to the busy schedule of being a vet student, it was nice to have something I could do to better my mental/emotional health that was quick and didn't have to be scheduled, and I’m grateful that CVP made this available to student colleagues."

    Madison Ketchie CVP Student Ambassador | CVP Student Colleague
  • "Being a CVP Student Ambassador, I felt like I had an advantage in the veterinary industry having had the opportunity to meet other vet students, and other CVP veterinarians and executives. It was a great way to connect with people in the industry and classmates at other vet schools as well. I think that one of the biggest things for me though, is that it helped me build confidence and reassured me that I wasn't alone in the veterinary world. People talk about how small the veterinary world is, but in reality, when you're a ..."

    Dr. Casey Hagg former CVP LMU Clinical Affiliate and CVP Student Ambassador
    Liverpool Animal Health Center
Dr. pearson

Dr. Karen Pearson brings a lifelong commitment to the well-being of creatures, furry or otherwise, to her role as Director of University Relations.

As former lead doctor of Paradise Hospital, part of the CVP community, Dr. Pearson now mentors and guides students to reach their fullest potential. She is driven by helping students become the best version of themselves and empowering future veterinarians as they navigate their career paths.

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