Veterinarian Internship Program

Every year, we admit two motivated and talented veterinarians into a one-year internship program at each of our facilities. The program, licensed though the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and approved by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), allows new doctors to gain valuable experience and mentorship in a collaborative team atmosphere. 


The goal of our internship program is to produce well-rounded equine veterinarians. Previous interns have gone on to get competitive job offers and residencies.​


Applicant must be graduating from an AVMA-accredited school and be able to obtain a California state veterinary license.


While not a requirement, we strongly recommend participating in our Veterinary Student Externship program prior to applying for our internship, in order to spend time working with each of our associate veterinarians. Each of the veterinarians in the practice, including our current interns, vote for internship selection.

Intern Compensation and Benefits

Our internships are among the highest paying in the country, and provide housing, benefits and membership fees on top of one of the highest base salaries. Our CE budget for our interns includes free admission to the annual International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) conference. Our interns are given a weekly day off plus additional vacation time.

Intern Workload

Our interns spend six days on and one day off. They typically spend 50% of their time working in mobile practice and 50% of their time in our hospitals, taking care of hospitalized patients and rotating between anesthesia and assistant surgeon duties. For the first six months, interns work exclusively with senior clinicians. As they feel more comfortable, interns start taking select cases on their own. Interns are on-call for emergency duties one night per week and one day per month.

How to Apply for Our Internship Program

For veterinary students or veterinarians interested in applying for our internship program, there is more information available in the Avenues section of the AAEP website.


To apply for our internship program, please email the appropriate contact (see below) and include following:


  • Cover letter outlining future goals and how our internship program will help you achieve that


  • Resume/CV


  • A photo 


  • Three letters of recommendation


For Salinas internships, contact Analynn Patterson


For Menlo Park internships, contact Dr. Jacquelyn Dietrich


Check out our Intern Alumni...

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