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COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals

The Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers 15 competitive small-animal rotating 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, exotics, and primary care, and subspecialty elective rotations. The latter are somewhat tailored to intern interest, with options including neurology, cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, anesthesiology, radiology, critical care, clinical pathology, exotics, and wildlife. Interns are required to be present on Day 1 of the program and during the entire orientation period.

The objectives of Cummings School’s internship program are to enhance interns' clinical, diagnostic, problem-solving, communication, and technical skills and to prepare individuals to advance to a residency program. Interns participate in primary patient care, daily rounds, and instruction of fourth- year veterinary students. Attendance and participation at regularly scheduled lectures, seminars, journal clubs, and clinical rounds are required and an integral part of the internship program. The school’s library resources also provide 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, Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston and provides inpatient and outpatient care for more than 34,146 cases per year. It 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, 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, oncology, and ophthalmology.

Candidates must possess a DVM/VMD degree or equivalent. Due to the large number of applicants, our program is not able to offer interviews (personal, phone, virtual). The informal full-day visit option is temporarily suspended this year due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Employer.

For more information and to apply, visit the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program website.

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