Student Resources

Job Opportunities

Academic Veterinary Positions

Academic Keys

Corporate Veterinary Career Links

American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians 
This page links many of the veterinary corporate webpages. Each of them have Career Centers that often advertise summer opportunities.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital 
This site is the homepage for Banfield, The Pet Hospital.  Select "Careers" to find out about career opportunities. 
Banfield hosts senior externships and summer employment for first through third year students.
Clinics are located throughout the nation

Emergency and Critical Care

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

National Veterinary Associates
NVA owns 101 companion animal veterinary hospitals in 30 states. Job postings are listed from the website under "Career Opportunities".

VetCor has 38 hospitals nationwide mainly in the east. They currently do not have an externship program.


American Association of Equine Practitioners
The student area of this website has all kinds of opportunities for those with a career interest in equine medicine. The Pathways externship program is for PVM students. Veterinary students typically do multiple externships in preparation for the AAEP Avenues internship program.


American Association of Feline Practitioners
Available preceptor ships can be found under the student membership area.

Food Animal

AVMA Food Supply Veterinary Medicine website

Government/ Public Health Sites

USA Jobs
This is a very comprehensive site with postings of all federal job opportunities and information about how to apply for federal jobs. It is important to check this site regularly or develop a profile for e-mail alerts. Jobs are typically posted for several weeks and change daily.

The following agencies routinely hire veterinarians. The links below go directly to employment announcements and also allow you to return to the agency homepage for more general information:

AVMA-GRD Externship 
AVMA Externs are actively involved in advancing the AVMA's legislative and regulatory agenda in the Washington, D.C. area. The application deadline is usually in early October. E-mail questions to John Sullivan,externship@avma.org

US Food and Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. Career opportunities can be found from this homepage.

National Institute of Health
Typical titles include "veterinary medical officer", "veterinary medical science" and "laboratory animal veterinarian".

USDA: Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Veterinary Service Career Employment
This site explains careers in the veterinary service area and has current job postings.

USDA: Food Safety and Inspection Service
This site has direct links to employment opportunities, application forms and information on current states hiring veterinary medical officers. FSIS is the largest federal employer of veterinarians. Application for jobs can occur up to 9 months prior to graduation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This is a direct link to the EPA's vacancies.

US Air Force
Veterinarians are hired as public health officers. They do not work directly with animals. 1-800-423-USAF.

US Army Veterinary Services
This site has detailed information about the US Army Veterinary Services.

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Careers

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Website has Career Pathways program with powerpoint presentations of careers in laboratory animal medicine and resources for externships

Mixed Animal Career Interests

American Association of Bovine Practitioners


American College of Veterinary Pathologists
View the training and education link for externship information. The career opportunities link also contains residency/graduate study options.

Shelter Medicine Resources

Association of Shelter Veterinarian's

Rural Area Veterinary Services

Additional Resources

Humane Society of the United States   http://www.hsus.org/

Association of Shelter Veterinarians  http://www.sheltervet.org/

Excellent article on skills and attributes needed for working as a shelter veterinarian: http://www.sheltervet.org/publications_skills_and_expertise_needed.asp         

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: http://www.aspca.org/

Small Animal Resources

The AVMA and CVMA directories are wonderful resources for locating veterinarians in your geographical areas of interest

Additional Resources:

AAHA  American Animal Hospital Association

Local Vets Directory

Professional Associations