2024 Residencies & Internships


ExoticsInternships are one year, non-degree programs that provide training for practice, clinical teaching, and specialty-board eligibility. Generally, a one-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery is a prerequisite for our residency programs and for board certification. Please visit our postings on the VIRMP for internship specific prerequisites. Please note that all clinical positions and postings are updated on a yearly basis and are subject to change.

Cornell University Hospital for Animals offers internship programs in the following disciplines:


Residency programs provide the resident with a high level of clinical proficiency in a specific clinical discipline. Each program allows the resident to meet the postgraduate education requirements of the specialty board related to that discipline as well as to gain experience in professional veterinary medical education and in teaching. Please visit our postings on the VIRMP for residency specific prerequisites. Please note that all clinical positions and postings are updated on a yearly basis and are subject to change.

Cornell University Hospital for Animals offers clinical residency programs in the following areas:

Application Procedures & Requirements

ResidentsApplicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply. Preference is generally given to applicants who have graduated from colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Please note that licensure is recommended, but not required as long as you are a graduate of a school of veterinary medicine accredited in any state or country. We do not require that you provide proof of NAVLE, PAVE or ECFVG in order to apply. 

At the moment all our clinical positions (Interns & Residents) are handled as regular term appointed employees. These positions are treated as regular paid employment even while both clinical roles are in a training capacity. Current NY state licensing law and immigration policy states we can only utilize H1B visas for these titles. Due to the current Department of Labor handling of the initial H1B process, we are unable to sponsor H1B visas at this time. Applicants must be US citizens, US Permanent residents, Canadian citizens, or foreign nationals with valid employment authorization documents (EAD in hand). No other visa sponsorships will be provided at this time. Foreign national applicants must be prepared to supply English language official test scores and work authorization documentation, should they be accepted. Demonstrated competence and proficiency in both spoken and written English language skills are required to facilitate the educational process and client communications. 

For the selection of interns and residents for the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, the college subscribes to the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) Internship and Residency Matching Program. Internship and Residency applicants are asked to rank veterinary schools in order of their preferences; schools are then asked to review applications and rank applicants. The AAVC Matching Program uses a central computer facility to match prospective interns and residents with the programs available. The final selection process is performed automatically by the AAVC Matching Program; therefore, there is no guarantee that either an applicant or an institution will receive their priority choices.

2024 Application Deadlines

The VIRMP application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2024. For more information or details, please visit the VIRMP website.

Contact Information

For additional information on the Internship and Residency Programs:

Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)
Sponsored by: American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC)
Email: support@virmp.org

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
Amanda Hakes
Program Coordinator, Professional, Clinical & International Services
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, CVM Box 37 - Office S2-013 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401  
T: 607-253-3495  
E: cvm-profservices@cornell.edu