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Internships and Externships

The number of shelters in the United States increases every year. Many new positions are opening for shelter veterinarians and those already in place are being asked to take a more active role in animal welfare and population health issues within the sheltering community. This has created a need for veterinarians with advanced training and experience in shelter medicine.

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians has compiled lists of advanced training opportunities (externships, internships and residencies) to help you begin your search. These are not comprehensive lists and inclusion on a list does not imply ASV endorsement of these programs. The ASV has neither evaluated nor officially approved these educational opportunities. It is the responsibility of the potential student to thoroughly investigate each program.


Externship Opportunities


List will be updated as opportunities become known. You may submit additional opportunities through the process below.

In addition to Externships listed above, please check out the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program Externships. You will find many externship opportunities nationwide here.


**Submit an Externship Opportunity - If you would like to add an externship opportunity, or update an existing post, please download and fill out this form and email it to [email protected]. Externship opportunity postings expire three years from date of submission.


Internship/Residency Opportunities


Internship/Residency Opportunities will be listed here as they are submitted through the process below. Watch for Updates soon!

In addition to the Internship/Residency Opportunities listed above, please check out the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program.


**Submit an Internship/Residency Opportunity - If you would like to add an internship/residency opportunity, or update an existing post, please download and fill out this form and email it to [email protected]. Internship/residency opportunity postings expire one year from the date of submission.


Fellowship Opportunities


Maddie's Cornell Shelter Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Programs


**Submit a Fellowship Opportunity - If you would like to add a fellowship opportunity, please email [email protected] 


Advanced Online Training

Online Shelter-Related Courses, Certificates, and Degree Programs
Animal Sheltering Trainings

ASPCApro Online Courses

ASPCApro Webinar Series

Compassion Fatigue Strategies

Humane Society Academy: Courses and Credentialing Programs

Maddie’s Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Online Master’s Degree: Concentration in Shelter Medicine

University of the Pacific, Animal Shelter Management Certificate

Veterinary Forensic Science Online Master’s Degree, Graduate Certificate, and Non-Degree Programs

VetFolio Forensics Certificate Program

VetFolio Shelter Medicine Certificate Program


**This list may not be all-inclusive. To request to add an online course, certificate or degree program, please email [email protected]. The ASV does not organize, endorse, or provide RACE credit for these courses or programs, unless specifically noted