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Internship Coordinator

Dr. Rita Hanel
Phone: 919.513.6808

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Internship

Program Description

This internship is designed to provide primary emergency duty as well as supervised rotations in the Intensive Care Unit with senior faculty members. Emergency duty will be either directly supervised or residents and faculty will provide consultation and clinical support. The emergency interns do not typically work overnight, however they can be assigned second shift and receive patients until midnight (this is included with daytime % above). The intern will assume primary case management responsibility while on the emergency service and will be expected to participate in the supervision and instruction of general small animal rotating interns and senior veterinary students. The intern will also be required to rotate through the cardiology (2 weeks), anesthesia (2 weeks), surgery (2 weeks) and the internal medicine services (6 weeks); these are included as the elective rotations above and can be tailored to the intern’s interests. Two weeks of vacation time are also provided. Formal course work is not included in the program, however the candidate will be encouraged to complete a research project and attend journal club and board preparation rounds when available. This program is ideal for applicants that have already completed a small animal rotating internship that are interested in pursuing advanced training in ECC, small animal internal medicine, cardiology, anesthesia or surgery.

It is anticipated that the candidate will have an interest in pursuing a residency in ECC, small animal internal medicine, cardiology, anesthesia or surgery. Factors favoring selection of the applicant include completion of a small animal rotating internship, 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 communication and interpersonal skills.

Program inquiries may be directed to Dr. Rita Hanel at (919) 513-6808 or


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