Humane Alliance: A Program of the ASPCA

Veterinary Student Externship

Our Veterinary Student Externship is a two-week (40 hours/week) unpaid learning opportunity, designed to deliver spay/neuter surgical instruction, and offer students a behind-the-scenes, hands-on look into the world of spay/neuter and shelter medicine. The program is open to senior veterinary students attending AVMA-accredited colleges, who have completed at least the course and clinical surgery portion of their veterinary training (not rotations).

The program excels in its surgical instruction and practice, with seven out of the program’s ten days involving some amount of surgery. Because of the fluctuating nature of our business, the exact curriculum moves according to patient/case availability, however, dependent on each student’s ability, most students have historically performed 15-25 surgeries in the two-week period.

To apply for the program, please follow the steps below:

Our Veterinary Student Externship is a two-week (40 hours/week) unpaid learning opportunity, designed to deliver spay/neuter surgical instruction, and offer students a behind-the-scenes, hands-on look into the world of spay/neuter and shelter medicine. The program is open to senior veterinary students attending AVMA-accredited colleges, who have completed at least the course and clinical surgery portion of their veterinary training (not rotations).

The program excels in its surgical instruction and practice, with seven out of the program’s ten days involving some amount of surgery. Because of the fluctuating nature of our business, the exact curriculum moves according to patient/case availability, however, dependent on each student’s ability, most students have historically performed 15-25 surgeries in the two-week period.

To apply for the program, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Submit an Application

Indicate your interest by submitting our Application Form, which includes the following:

  • A request for your Externship/Preceptorship Coordinator's contact details;
  • Agreement to the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding.

You will be contacted within one week to discuss available blocks. Once dates are confirmed, you will be sent an acceptance letter.

Step 2: Fill Out Pre-Arrival Form & Submit Housing Payment

Three months prior to your scheduled externship:

  1. Complete the Pre-Arrival Form. This includes the important first step of your North Carolina license application. 
  2. If you indicated in your initial application that you would like to stay in our dorm facility, submit the $100 payment using the PayPal link below. Please also ensure that you bring your own sheets and pillow cases (a pillow and blanket will be provided) and towels.

Step 3: Apply for the NC Intern Permit

Two months prior to your scheduled externship, you will be sent the name and details of your instructor. With this information, you will be able to complete the online application for the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) intern permit at: https://portal.ncvmb.org/

The application also requires: 

  • Creating a registration login on the NCVMB website;
  • A credit card, check, or e-check payment of $25;
  • A dean’s letter verifying your good academic standing and your current student status (e.g., full-time, fourth-year student);
  • A copy of your social security card.

Once our instructor receives the request through this system, and approves your application, the NCVMB will process your application and send us your permit. You will also receive an email confirmation that your permit has been approved.

Step 4: Prepare For Arrival

Please make sure you are familiar with the details of our program before you arrive, by reading the following information: