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Qualifications

Student Job Program

Externship

Who is eligible to apply? 1st-3rd year veterinary students  enrolled in an AVMA accredited program Clinical year students enrolled in an AVMA accredited program
Start date Summer Anytime
Duration 6-10 weeks* 2-8 weeks, flexible
The experience you'll get

In accordance with your state guidelines:

  • learn how to perform a physical exam
  • provide proper veterinary care
  • use diagnostic tools, learn surgical preparation and monitoring
  • develop professional interpersonal skills
  • have support from your coach doctor and team every step

In accordance with your state guidelines:

  • gather histories
  • perform complete physical exams,
  • develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans
  • scrub in to surgery, assist in the management of medical cases
  • provide wellness care
  • have support from your coach doctor and team every step 
Application deadlines Winter, exact date TBD Rolling admission
Eligible for Student Debt Relief? Yes Yes

*exception for Ross students, please email studentprograms@banfield.com for more info

Student Job Program

Who said you have to wait until your clinical year to see the inside of a clinic?  The Student Job Program is a unique program designed for 1st – 3rd year veterinary students who want to experience real-world learning in a clinical setting. Under the supervision of your coach doctor and in accordance with the state's practice act, you will work as a veterinary assistant in a supportive team environment. You’ll learn how to perform a physical exam, provide proper veterinary care, use diagnostic tools and interpret diagnostic materials effectively, learn surgical preparation and monitoring, and grow your professional interpersonal skills through communication training.

Externship

Making the transition from veterinary student to working in a professional practice is a big step. Through Banfield's DVM Externship Program, we’re here to support you as you move forward in your career. As a student in your clinical rotations, you’ll get the opportunity to work alongside a team of Banfield professionals and participate in all aspects of patient care. You can think of yourself as a doctor in training. Participants in the Externship Program experience the typical caseload of a small animal practice. Under the supervision of your coach doctor and in accordance with the state’s practice act, you will gather histories, perform complete physical exams, develop diagnostic and therapeutic plans, scrub in to surgery, assist in the management of medical cases, provide wellness care.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page!

Why Students Choose Banfield

Whether you’re a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Veterinary student, Banfield has the perfect program to equip you with the skills you need to take to your next steps in becoming a DVM. Our massive network of veterinary professionals within Mars Group will allow you to grow your own professional network and give you access to a plethora of readily-available resources to learn from. Each student will have a personalized coach doctor who is invested in your future and there to guide you every step of the way. Banfield offers a broad scope of learning opportunities, ranging from dentistry exposure to communication skills essential for success. Providing quality care is our primary focus, which is why we equip our hospital teams with state of the art equipment and the highest quality medicine to do so. We also encourage our associates to share when new or alternative equipment or methods are needed, so we can make sure each location is optimally equipped. At Banfield, you will learn the most efficient and effective practices to unlock your full potential.

Student Debt Relief Program

We know how burdening student debt can be coming out of veterinary school, which is why Banfield offers a Student Debt Relief Program, to take some of the pressure of paying back loans, so you can focus on doing what you love. New Banfield DVMs are eligible to receive a one-time $2,500 payment for each qualifying Banfield student job program or externship they participate in before graduating, up to $10,000 (or four Externships, SJPs, or a combination). This amount will be paid directly towards the associate’s student loans on their one-year anniversary, not paid out as a bonus or otherwise reflected in a paycheck.

Interested in one of our programs? Email studentprograms@banfield.com or fill out the contact form below further questions or inquiries! 

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