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Externships for Pre-Veterinary Students

College students who are considering veterinary medicine as a career need to shadow both large and small animal veterinarians in order to apply to veterinary school. College students interested in veterinary careers are invited to participate in a pre-veterinary externship during which they shadow GVEC veterinarians. We have limited opportunities for students residing in the Rochester area during the school year. All pre-veterinary externs must have completed at least one year in a college program.


Summer externships are also available for exceptionally motivated students who are able to committ to at least 80 hours within the months of May to August. Summer externships will be limited to two students chosen from applications to the program. We cannot provide housing, so students must reside in the Rochester, NY area.


Note: We cannot honor requests to write letters of recommendation for students who have spent less than 80 hours with our practice. Sorry, we are not able to take students under 18 years of age.


If you are interested in learning more about our pre-veterinary externship, please call the clinic at 585-889-1170. Ready to apply?  You can download the application here and send to Laura Johnson, our student liaison, directly at Please give us your current mailing and e-mail addresses.

Externships for Veterinary Students


Photo by Crystal Petrisak

Photo by Crystal Petrisak

Over the past several years, GVEC has hosted students from many different veterinary schools in the United States, Canada, and Europe. We suggest two weeks as a minimum stay to get a real feel for equine ambulatory practice. Generally our busier months are from March until September. Long days with lots of road time allow students to inquire about cases, business practices, practice ownership, time management, and other aspects of equine practice.


Externs can expect to see a heavy caseload of breeding work and neonatology from March to mid-July. Lameness work ups, prepurchase examinations, in depth ophthalmology, dentistry, preventative medicine and diagnostic imaging are done year round. Most externs will leave having seen a variety of urgent care situations such as colic, choke, laceration repair, fever, and corneal ulceration. Students are welcome to stay in our lounge while they are with us. A futon, microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, kitchen supplies, and linens are available. Other housing options can be arranged on an as needed basis.


If you are interested in learning more about our externship, please call the clinic at (585) 889-1170.  Ready to apply? Complete the application here and e-mail it to Laura Johnson, our student liason, directly at . Please give us your current mailing and e-mail addresses. Our receptionists are available between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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