Small Animal Medicine Internships

The Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers competitive internship positions. This rotating internship provides the strong clinical experience and didactic training necessary for future success as residents and independent veterinarians. This internship consists of rotations through Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Cardiology and Ophthalmology. Rotations in the spay clinic and primary care clinic (Tufts@Tech) are required. If desired, additional elective time may be scheduled on the Radiology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology or Exotics services. Specific time allocations to various sub-specialty rotations will be adapted to both intern and clinic needs.

The objectives of the Tufts internship program are to enhance the interns' clinical, diagnostic, problem-solving, communication and technical skills, and prepare individuals to advance to a residency program. The interns will participate in primary patient care, daily rounds, and instruction of 4th year veterinary students. Attendance and participation at regularly scheduled lectures, seminars, journal clubs and clinical rounds are required and are an integral part of the internship program. The School’s library also provides the interns with access to current literature. Each intern is expected to prepare and present one formal seminar. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of program participation.

The Foster Hospital for Small Animals is located in North Grafton, MA, about 40 miles west of Boston and provides inpatient and outpatient care for more than 25,000 cases per year. Tufts also has one of the strongest and largest training programs in Emergency/Critical Care in the country. This allows the hospital to provide around-the-clock care of critically ill cases. Interns acquire part of their emergency training while working under the supervision of ECC faculty and residents. The ICU is equipped and able to provide care to patients at the highest level, including positive pressure ventilation, dialysis (peritoneal and hemodialysis) and other advanced life-support techniques. Prior interns have successfully obtained residencies in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Radiology, Cardiology, Emergency and Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Clinical Pathology and Oncology.

We do not offer personal interviews. However, interested applicants are welcome to schedule an informal visit.  Please contact Lori Muhr ( to schedule a visit. To schedule a senior year clinical externship (not required), please contact our externship coordinator, Kim Lipinski (

Candidates must possess a DVM/VMD degree or equivalent. The hospital has a dress code.

The applicant should submit his or her application through AAVC's Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.

Tufts University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.