VSH offers volunteer positions to enthusiastic, positive, and ambitious college students who have a desire to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. Volunteers will be utilized at the Cary, North Raleigh and Durham locations. Students will volunteer for two four-hour shifts per week in a fast paced emergency and intensive care hospital. Volunteers are given the opportunity to participate and help the nursing staff as well as work with seasoned, emergency veterinarians.
Students will have the opportunity to prepare a presentation related to an emergency topic of their choosing. This presentation will be given to nurses and emergency veterinarians in a casual environment at the end of the student’s volunteer commitment.
This is a great opportunity to gain 200+ hours of experience at a distinguished specialty hospital in a fun, working environment. Upon completion of two semesters in the volunteer program, volunteers may request a letter of recommendation for veterinary school applications. Volunteers should ideally commit for two full semesters over the course of a school year, but students that can only commit for one semester will be considered.
Students in the program will be allowed four missed shifts, with one week notice, for reasons of ill health, course exams, school breaks, or other similar commitments. Missed shifts without notice are grounds for termination of the relationship.
Volunteer shifts in Cary will be from 6-10 pm during the weekdays, and 10 am – 2 pm or 6-10 pm on the weekends. Volunteer shifts in North Raleigh and Durham will be from 6-10 pm both weekdays and weekends. Each student in the program will be responsible for one weekday shift and one weekend shift per week. Preference should be given for the Cary, North Raleigh, or Durham location. Volunteers are expected to be punctual and in appropriate work attire (scrubs of the appropriate color) and closed toe shoes.
At the completion of the program, students may be invited for summer positions as a paid veterinary assistant at VSH. Paid positions may also be extended beyond summer depending on the needs of the hospital and skill level of the student.
Applicants must be 18 years old to apply and have proof of health insurance. A volunteer waiver must be completed by people who are selected into this program.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the Volunteer Committee at VSHRecruiting beginning July 1st and no later than September 1st. Resumes submitted outside of this timeline will not be considered. In the cover letter please discuss any prior veterinary experience and your reasons for applying, and preference for location. Although previous work experience in veterinary medicine is a plus, a positive attitude, good academics, and successful work ethic are more desirable qualifications in a candidate. Applicants may be contacted to visit the hospital for a tour and interview.
The 2017-2018 volunteer program will start on approximately September 15th.
If selected to participate, volunteers must fill out a release form prior to arrival.