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Internship Coordinator

Dr. Karyn Harrell
Phone: 919.513.6433

Small Animal Rotating Internship

Program Information

The internship program in Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery is designed to provide a broad clinical experience under the supervision of senior faculty members primarily in internal medicine (8 to 12 weeks) and surgery (8 to 12 weeks), with specialty rotations through ophthalmology, neurology, oncology and cardiology (2 to 4 weeks each). Six weeks of elective rotation time allow for optional rotations in other areas of interest. Interns assume primary case management responsibility under the direct guidance and supervision of faculty service members. Participation in clinical instruction of fourth year students is expected. A required one-week orientation program precedes the internship. Interns are responsible for after-hours emergency and intensive care duties on a rotating basis for approximately 14-16 weeks and are required to remain in the hospital during this time. Residents and faculty provide back-up coverage. Presentation of a seminar is required, delivered to an audience of faculty, house officers and students.

The faculty Intern Program Coordinator provides guidance and serves as liaison throughout the program. Formal course work is not included in the program. A North Carolina license can be obtained after arrival through our institutional employment licensing agreement at no cost to the intern. Professional liability insurance is furnished with the program. Two weeks of vacation time is scheduled during elective rotation times. A certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.

Applicants to this program should submit three letters of recommendation from the clinical faculty (preferably board certified) of their veterinary school who can attest to the clinical proficiency of the applicant in any of the pertinent clinical specialties. Factors favoring selection of the applicant include letters of recommendation that indicate superior clinical skills, a strong academic record (e.g., GPA >3.0/4.0) and a record of activities demonstrating good leadership and interpersonal skills. Interviews are neither required nor encouraged. Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Karyn Harrell at


This internship participates in the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ (AAVC) Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) when a position is available. Application information and procedures are available at