Externship Program

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ASEC has offered an externship program to veterinary students across the country (and the globe) since 1990. Our program has grown to over 70 participants annually. We accept students enrolled in their junior and senior years of veterinary school for rotations of one to four weeks in length to fulfill private practice or elective curriculum requirements.

Our objective is to educate veterinary student externs while maintaining referral-caliber patient care, as well as referral-caliber communication and service to our clients and referring veterinarians. Boarded specialists, experienced emergency clinicians, residents, and interns are all involved in teaching visiting students. A senior clinician from each department is designated as a mentor to students assigned to that department. However, students are expected to be involved in cases with all clinicians from the assigned department.

ASEC’s externship program is for you, if:
• You are currently enrolled in a AVMA-accredited university veterinary degree program.
• You are looking for experience in a specialty/referral practice.
• You are considering application for an internship following graduation (particularly, if you are considering application to ASEC’s internship program).
• You are hard-working, motivated, intelligent, friendly and enjoy working with others.

Please download the EXTERN ORIENTATION PACKET for detailed information regarding ASEC’s externship program, including mentorship, expectations, and schedule. Externs are expected to attend daily case rounds, as well as any grand rounds, journal review, radiology rounds, and lectures that occur during their time with us.

We do not require nor do we provide professional liability (malpractice) insurance, health insurance or worker’s compensation for externs. If an extern’s university mandates that insurance coverage be obtained, it is the responsibility of the extern to arrange such coverage. We are happy to provide a letter confirming your acceptance if this is required.

ASEC does not charge visiting students for participation in our externship program, nor do we provide any compensation/payment to externs.

We are not able to provide or assist in arrangement of housing accommodations for visiting students. Many externs stay with relatives or acquaintances in the Los Angeles area. Other options include: the Claremont Hotel (310-208-5957), area hostels, or www.airbnb.com.

International Students
ASEC accepts applications from students attending AVMA-accredited universities abroad. However, because the externship program is designed to provide university credit for the senior year curriculum, students of AVMA-accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada are given priority when scheduling rotations. At this time, we are not able to accept applications from students of non-accredited universities.

Please feel free to e-mail us at externships@asecvets.com if you have questions that are not addressed online. Our educational program coordinator will reply to emails within 1-2 weeks.

For externships with the Radiology-Imaging department, click here.

For externships with the Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery or Emergency & Critical Care departments, click here.

**Please do not sign up for an externship unless you are certain that you will attend. Last-minute cancellations prevent other students from having the opportunity of completing an externship here. Externs who sign up and fail to attend without advance notice of cancellation will not be eligible for internship consideration at ASEC.

If you are not able to complete an externship, but are interested in visiting ASEC for a day (or even a few hours), please submit an application by clicking here. Please provide your name, email contact information, and let us know when you will be in the area and like to visit in the “Questions” space. We will be happy to accommodate a visit.