Post Doctorate Veterinary Internship

Our internship offers hands-on experience

Veterinary DVM Internship

In this position, your purpose is not to work the night shift without any supervision or support. Instead, your purpose is to be a productive member of the medical team. You will collaborate and learn with our board-certified surgeons and internists. Because, as an intern, you are here to learn, there will be very little time where you’ll be left without an experienced doctor to help.

This internship will provide you with the practical experience you need in order to become a fully experienced and independent veterinarian. You will learn how to fill the role of a veterinarian through observation, training, and practice.

You will gain clinical experience in emergency patient consultations and ongoing management and gain confidence in communication with clients and colleagues. As a result, this will provide you with a sound basis for your chosen career within the veterinary profession.

All of our interns are treated with fair schedules, hours, and compensation. Interns are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including patient monitoring, treatment planning, and client communication. Furthermore, they will attend and participate in all rounds, topic presentations, and procedures.

What roles you’ll perform

This is a rotational internship, and you will work in all of our departments. These departments include emergency, critical care, and surgery. We also offer external rotations in cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Throughout this, you will be mentored under the supervision of a veterinary criticalist.

You will be performing hands-on duties including triage, consultations, and management of hospitalized cases, as well as both routine and emergency surgeries.


In our VECCS-accredited clinic, you will have primary-care responsibilities for emergency cases. However, a veterinary criticalist will be available to support you at all times. You will develop appropriate individualized stabilization and diagnostic protocols through collaboration with your mentor.

On a case-by-case basis, you will develop skills in bloodwork evaluation (including in-house STAT panels, Complete Blood Count, and Chemistry), Thoracic- and Abdominal-Focused Assessment using Sonography for Trauma (TFAST, AFAST), and radiography. Additionally, you will extensively utilize stabilization techniques such as fluid therapy, transfusion medicine, oxygen management, and seizure control.

Critical Care

Artemis VESS provides patients with acute and chronic diseases with 24-hour diagnostic procedures, treatment, and monitoring support. In light of this, you will become responsible for the ongoing care of critically ill patients. Furthermore, you will perform appropriate diagnostics and develop a multi-modal management strategy. You will become confident in treating the patient and involving the clients in a combined veterinarian-patient-client approach.


Our surgical specialist is available for detailed consultations as well as orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. You will be able to assist with orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries scheduled through the surgery service. This will prove to be a valuable resource when you are presented with surgical conditions in an emergency setting. You will be performing emergency surgeries such as splenectomy, gastropexy, gastrotomy, and enterotomy.

Internal Medicine

You will improve your internal medicine skills through close collaboration with our internal medicine specialist. You will be exposed to detailed internal medicine consultations, diagnostics, and ongoing management plans. Because of this, you will expand your proficiency in identifying and assessing acute and chronic diseases.

Some acute and chronic diseases you may see include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, pancreatitis, and Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia.


Through this out-rotation with board-certified cardiologists, you will expand your knowledge of cardiology. This will guide your approach in an emergency setting to cases presenting for cardiac-related issues.

The conditions you may work with include Congestive Heart Failure, Feline Arterial Thromboembolism, Pericardial Effusion, Chronic Degenerative Valvular Disease, and Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.


This is an external rotation with board-certified veterinary neurologists. You will have the opportunity to hone your skills in completing thorough neurological examinations. Furthermore, you will practice the most current diagnostics and management strategies (both medical and surgical) for common neurological condition. This knowledge will allow you to more confidently approach emergency neurological patients in the hospital.


You will complete this external rotation with the teaching and assistance of board-certified oncologists. You will gain knowledge in regards to modern veterinary oncological diagnostic techniques and the most up-to-date treatment options for common canine and feline neoplastic diseases. This will equip you to recognize neoplasia as a differential diagnosis for emergency cases and to adequately evaluate and stabilize oncology patients.

What to expect in your time with us

  • Mentorship: you will work one on one with our specialists and ER doctors.
  • Quality medicine: we have clients that are willing to do the best possible for their pets. You will be exposed to a wide variety of emergency, medicine, and surgery cases.
  • Support: we are a teaching hospital and our licensed veterinary technicians and assistants are here to help.
  • Work-life balance: you will not be working 24/7.
  • Adventure: with a reasonable schedule there is time to explore Washington, DC and the surrounding area.