Post graduate internships

VSH offers one year internships for veterinarians to pursue post-graduate training to advance their skill set or prepare for residency application.  The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas (VSH) is a multi-specialty referral practice and provides 24-hour emergency and critical care. The staff includes specialists in emergency/critical care, internal medicine, surgery, oncology (medical and radiation), cardiology, and radiology. Access is also available on-site to ophthalmologists and clinical pathologists. 

VSH has three locations (Cary, North Raleigh, and Durham) with easy access to the Triangle, Triad area, and coast. All three locations are within 20-30 minutes of each other. VSH’s 24,000 sq ft hospital was built in Cary in 2004 and has modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment (e.g. digital radiography suite, CT scanner, ultrasound, linear accelerator, and video endoscopes). Four surgery suites exist with equipment for soft tissue, orthopedic, laparoscopic, and arthroscopic procedures. In-house diagnostics include NOVA blood gas analyzer, CBC, chemistry, coagulation analyzers, ECG, pulse oximetry, capnography, and blood pressure monitors (direct and indirect). Antech laboratory and clinical pathologists located in our building provide additional clinical pathology services. MRI is available locally at the Animal Scan Imaging Center. Advanced therapeutics include oxygen therapy, transfusion medicine, and parenteral nutrition. The North Raleigh and Durham locations are approximately 7000 sq ft and include all the above diagnostics except for the CT and linear accelerator. 

Interns will rotate through surgery, oncology, internal medicine, emergency, critical care, cardiology, and radiology. Interns will work directly with specialists, emergency doctors, and skilled technicians in a team-based approach to case management. Interns will also rotate to our North Raleigh and Durham locations and work directly with an internist, oncologist, surgeon, and staff ER vets.

Daily case rounds will provide the opportunity to learn from cases in the hospital. Weekly didactic rounds will be presented by various specialists and staff veterinarians. Didactic instruction includes morbidity/mortality rounds, journal club, and topic lectures. Interns will also participate in intern driven CVT rounds that are supervised by a senior clinician. Interns will participate in instruction of technicians and student externs and present one formal lecture during the year. 

Benefits include:

  • FT benefits with respect to retirement plan and medical, dental, and disability insurance programs
  • Reimbursement of NC licensure costs and professional liability insurance
  • Continuing education provided

Overall objectives of the internship include:

  • Improve clinical and problem solving skills
  • Gain solid experience and a good comfort level with the majority of patients that present on emergency
  • Exposure to advanced diagnostics and therapeutic techniques
  • Experience in pet owner communication
  • Preparation for clinical practice and/or specialty training

Annual Internship Opportunities:

June-July:

  • VSH is part of the internship match program and applications are due in early December at the match website, www.virmp.org.  The cut off date varies from year to year with the current date being available at the application site.  On-site interviews are not required but we do recommend interested candidates contact the internship coordinator as listed on the match website to arrange a phone interview or spend time at our hospital.

February-March

  • VSH also offers the same internship opportunity starting in the winter.  This is not part of the match program.  Applications are due by August 1st and should include your letter of intent and curriculum vitae as well as three letters of professional reference sent directly from your references.  On-site interviews are not required, but we do recommend interested candidates contact our internship coordinator, Dr. Scott Wells, to arrange a phone interview or to spend time at our hospital.  

***If you have any questions regarding our internship programs, please email Scott Wells, DVM, DACVECC.