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Internships and Student Placements
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Part of the EAZWV’s mission is to increase the knowledge, skills and competencies of the members, namely through the provision of internship and externship opportunities to the students – the future of our profession.

To be able to do so, we ask our members to consider the hypothesis of receiving and tutoring students in your institution. Several types of student placements with different involvement and responsibilities can be offered:

  • Research Externship: a short-term externship, in which the student is included in a research project and/or attributed a set of data to work on, with the final purpose of presenting a scientific poster or even writing a scientific paper. This type of externship aims to benefit both parties, by providing the institution with an extra help to analyze and publish data and findings that would otherwise require extensive amounts of time, and by giving the student the opportunity to take its first steps in scientific publishing, in an area of interest and with the guidance of experienced professionals.
  • Clinical Externship: a short-term externship (usually from a few weeks to 6 months), in which the student accompanies one or more veterinary practitioners through their normal routine work. Inside this category we include three different types of externships, to accurately represent the responsibilities and involvement expected of the student:
    • Routine following: the student accompanies and mainly observes the daily veterinary work at the institution, assisting in small tasks.
    • Active involvement: the student is expected to get more involved as the externship progresses and eventually could start independently working some cases, per discretion of the veterinarians in charge.
    • Project: for the duration of the externship, the student is expected to complete a particular project of interest to the institution. This may apply to students either routine-following or actively involved.
  • Internship: A short term (typically one year) post-graduation training program to provide a broad, well balanced exposure to zoological medicine and surgery under the supervision of the veterinary staff. The primary purpose of the internship is to allow the intern to apply knowledge and skills acquired in veterinary school to health programs and case management in a clinical environment.

As the research externship doesn't require constant contact with patients or intense veterinarian supervision, it is hoped that it can open opportunities for students in their earlier university years, with less available time, or with an interest in research. Furthermore, institutions may consider receiving more students than usual and institutions without intense clinical activity, like research facilities, can also offer student placements.

If you are interested in receiving a student in your institution please complete the New Placement Form, below. 

If you are an EAZWV Student Member looking for a placement, please login and go to Student Placements so you can see the list of available opportunities.



Student Placements


New Placement Form

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