Internships

The Veterinary Technology program is now offering internships with local veterinary facilities in order to gain work experience, apply the skills that you learn in class and offer opportunities for employment in the veterinary medical field.

Internship FAQs

My business is interested in offering internships to Veterinary Technology students. How do I get involved?

Complete the Allan Hancock College Internship Program Description PDF. The completed form should be scanned and e-mailed to rseidenberg@hancockcollege.edu. You will be matched with a student and contacted with more information on how to set up the internship.

Does it cost anything to be an internship partner?

No. The internships are unpaid and worker’s compensation coverage is provided by Allan Hancock College.

What are my obligations as an internship partner?

Supervisors will be required and must be willing to do the following:

  • Meet with the CWE faculty advisor at your facility
  • Sign off and approve the student’s workplace learning objectives (form provided by the student)
  • Sign timesheets (form provided by the student)
  • Complete the CWE Employer Evaluation of Student Performance PDF

How is the intern selected?

The Veterinary Technology program will match students with business partners based on the type of facility the student is interested in and the location of the business. There is no interview process.

How do I structure the internship program at my facility?

Assign specific goals according to the intern’s interests and skill levels. The minimum goals should be at least 3 of the following.

  1. The intern develops the knowledge, skills, and ability to recognize normal vs abnormal animal behavior and respond appropriately.
  2. Develops the knowledge, skills, and ability to properly restrain animals in a safe manner.
  3. Know the normal TPR values for the common species treated at your facility and be able to accurately obtain a patient’s values and record them in the medical record.
  4. Correctly and safely administer oral, otic, ocular and topical medications.
  5. Administer subcutaneous and oral or intranasal vaccines.
  6. Perform nail trims in dogs and cats and understand how to use hemostasis, if needed.
  7. Draw blood samples and prepare laboratory forms for submission to an outside lab.
  8. Accurately prepare, properly label, and dispense prescription medications.
  9. Feed patients according their nutritional requirements.
  10. Perform in house diagnostic tests (SNAP, Chemistry analyzer, CBC automated analyzer, PCV, TP, urine SG).

How do I arrange the intern’s work schedule?

Meet with the student to offer a flexible schedule that will accommodate the student's school schedule. The ideal schedule would be 4 hours per day, 2 to 3 days a week for 13 weeks. The student must complete a minimum of 60 hours.

Who should I designate as the intern’s supervisor?

The supervisor in charge of training must be either a DVM or RVT and should be someone who enjoys sharing their knowledge and skills.

What other tasks can the intern perform when not focused on learning one of the specific assigned goals?

The intern should be performing background work such as reviewing safety protocols and procedure manuals, accessing the clinic’s library or assisting as needed with day to day tasks.

I am very impressed with my intern and would like to offer employment. Is this allowed?

Yes. The student may be available to hire as an employee at the end of the program year in May

Where can I find more information about the Internship Program?

The CWE Employer Guide and other employer information can be found at http://www.hancockcollege.edu/cwe/employerfaq.php or contact:

Richard Seidenberg, DVM. Veterinary Technology Program Coordinator at rseidenberg@hancockcollege.edu

Emily Smith, CWE Coordinator and STEM Internship Specialist at esmith@hancockcollege.edu 

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