Qualifications for Internship and Residency Applicants

  • Preference is generally given to applicants who have graduated from colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
  • Applicants from both foreign and American colleges of veterinary medicine are welcome to apply. Foreign national applicants must be prepared to supply English language official test scores and work authorization documentation, should they be accepted.
  • Applicants must demonstrate competence and proficiency in both spoken and written English language skills to facilitate the educational process and client communications.
  • 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.


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.

A directory of available residencies is published on-line by the AAVC each year; typically, these advertised positions are salaried. To obtain application forms and further information, please visit the AAVC's VIRMP web site at and create an applicant account via contact information below.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for receipt of applications for internship programs that begin in June and for residency programs that begin in July is early December of each year. (Applicant rank order lists must be submitted online at the VIRMP web site by mid-January.)

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)
Phone: 614-358-0417
Fax: 614-241-2215

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
Amanda Hakes
Program Coordinator, Professional, Clinical Services & International Services
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, VMC Box 46, S3-022 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401  
T: 607-253-33495   F: 607-253-3142