Clinical-Year Externship Program
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at North Carolina State University welcomes DVM students in their clinical year of study who wish to complete an externship experience in one of NCSU-CVM's clinical services.
For the benefit of both the visitor and the service, all visitors are required to have strong written and verbal English language skills that are proficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the clinical environment.
- Students must be in the clinical year of their DVM program and in good standing at their home institution.
- Students may visit for up to four weeks maximum depending on availability.
- Visiting Students are required to come at the start of the rotation for orientation purposes and should plan to stay for the entire block. Students should not visit the CVM as their first clinical rotation.
- All visitors should have strong written and verbal English language skills that are proficient to function on a day-to-day basis in the clinical environment.
- International DVM Students are invited to visit the CVM as supervised observers/shadowers only. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, international DVM students present in the United States in visitor status are NOT allowed to work or perform any productive activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine, but may engage in supervised observation at the College.
- Because International Visiting Students are only allowed to observe NCSU-CVM's clinical rotations (NOT participate), it can sometimes affect whether they receive credit from their home institution for the visit. Students should check with their school to ensure that they will be approved to visit NCSU-CVM as a supervised observer.
The Application Process
- Complete the Visitor Application. Externships are scheduling according to course availability. Applications will only be processed after ensuring that NC State's clinical-year students have been scheduled to meet all requirements.
- Applicants should complete the "Purpose of Visitation" section on the Visitor Application by writing a short essay describing the reason for their application, what service they are interested in, and what they hope to accomplish while here.
- Please provide several scheduling options if possible: a range of dates or requested clinics may increase the possibility of scheduling an externship.
- Clinics and Services: here.
- Current Clinical Calendar (May 2014-May 2015): here.
- Next Year's Clinical Calendar (May 2015-May 2016): here.
- If a student's request can be accommodated, he or she will be notified via email. He or she will receive several documents that must be completed to set up the visit. The documents must be returned *90 days prior* to the student's scheduled visit date.
**Visit Requests for the 2015-16 Clinical Year: The Master Clinical Schedule is currently closed to visitor requests while we schedule all NCSU rising 4th-year students for their clinical rotations. Visitors may submit their Applications for the 2015-16 clinical year at any time, and requests will be held until all NCSU students' schedules are completed. When the schedule reopens in mid-March 2015, the Clinical Coordinator will contact all visitors in the order their Applications were received.
Items of Importance
- Costs/Fees: there are no tuition fees required for completing student externships at the CVM. Students visiting for more than 2 weeks are required to purchase a campus Access Badge for $20 to access the buildings on-campus.
- Visiting Students are responsible for the cost of all transportation, room, and board during their visit.
- International Students:
- International students are required to bring a copy of their Visa/I-94 Card to the Student Services Office when they arrive on-campus.
- Students who have had contact with a farm or farm animals, other cloven-hoofed animal, birds, non-human primates, or small mammals (excluding dogs or cats) must comply with the Policy on Biosecurity for Prevention of Foreign Animal Diseases.
- Dress Code: Small Animal Hospital
- Dress Code: Large Animal Hospital
Housing, Parking, Transportation
- Housing: visitors are responsible for setting up their own accommodations. NC State offers guest rooms and guest apartments as affordable guest housing on its main campus (the CVM does not offer housing on its campus), and there are a number of hotels in the local area that offer discounts to CVM visitors. It is recommended that visitors book housing accommodations quickly, as rooms can fill up fast.
- Parking: parking on the CVM campus is by permit only. Visitors who will be here for more than one day will need to visit the Transportation Office prior to the start of their visit and purchase day-passes if they wish to park in the CVM Campus parking deck. The Transportation Office is located on main campus at 2721 Sullivan Drive. The office opens at 7:00AM weekdays. The passes are $5 per day.
- Transportation: The Wolfline shuttle bus service offers service throughout NC State's campus, including from university guest housing to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.