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how do I find internships and volunteer opportunities related to veterinary medicine.

A simple google search would be your best first step. Find out how many vets there are in town, see if you have a metro or animal shelter. After you know what is available in your area, go and ask in person. If you go to a vet, chances are they can't let you do too much without being hired or being an intern (which may have a longer application process), but many people enjoy volunteering at animal shelters by helping walk the animals, feed them, or help bathe them. Generally if you choose to volunteer at an animal shelter, some require you to be of a certain age or go with an adult and you will likely need to fill out an information sheet. If this doesn't work for you, I would recommend looking at job websites to see where internships are available. Kiara S.
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Cristin’s Answer

Hi there! I used to work for Banfield as a Senior Recruiter and I know that they are always interested in having students come in and shadow at a hospital. They have a great campus recruiting team that is interested in setting up informational interviews with doctors but if you are interested in talking with a doctor I would just Google a couple of your local hospitals (different types likes preventative medicine, emergency care, a mom and pop) and you can normally find the doctor's contact information and you can send an email expressing your interest. They may have some issues with volunteering because of liability issues but doing a hospital observation should be fairly easy. Once you get into vet school you will be bombarded by recruiters since there is less than 1% unemployment for vets and recruiters are hungry for new DVM hires.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi Madison!

Thank you for reaching out and asking your question.

There are a few ways you can apply for an internship or volunteer opportunities.

  1. A fantastic website called will give you volunteer opportunities based on what you say your interests are! I have found volunteer opportunities on this website. I highly recommend checking it out!
  2. Research animal hospitals/vets in your area and see if they have anything on their website regarding internship/volunteer opportunities. If they don't and you feel comfortable, you can send them a message to inquire about volunteer opportunities at their clinic. Even though they may not advertise it, they may still love to have an extra set of hands.

I hope this helps!

YOU GOT THIS! please don't hesitate to reach out and ask more questions if you need :)


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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Madison:

Thank you for your question. I agree with the previous comments, especially Rebecca's. I'd like to provide you with a few resources for your research. Best of luck to you.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

League City, TX - Animal Shelter • (
League City, TX - Animal Control • (