Veterinary Student Programs
Our Veterinary student programs are available in veterinary clinics and hospitals across Canada.
Veterinary students are a vital part of VetStrategy’s continuing growth and success. You are our future associates, partners and ambassadors. As a VetStrategy student, our objective is to help you develop the technical and practical skills needed to become a successful practitioner. Our selected hospitals are open for students actively enrolled in DVM programs for either a student employment program (SEP) or a rotation/externship (EMS).
Free boarding is available at 9 hospitals in the following locations:
- Alberta – Morinville
- British Columbia – Vancouver Island
- New Brunswick – Moncton
Or view the complete list of all our hospitals across Canada.
COVID-19 forces us to change the way we operate our clinics and hospitals. Student placement and our practices’ ability to support veterinary students might be impacted by the imposed restrictions and other pandemic-related challenges. If you are enrolled in our program, our team will stay connected with you and keep you updated. In the event of a cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will do our best to relocate you in another of our practices or work with you to find an alternative future date.
If you have any concerns, please reach out to us.
1. Student Employment Program (SEP)
VetStrategy believes in providing unique development opportunities to the next generation of veterinary professionals. As a student, you will work with an experienced veterinary team in one of our hospitals where you will be exposed to the working dynamics. You will also rotate through a variety of roles in the clinic to observe processes, experience client service and patient treatments, as well as assist in different capacities.
This experience will allow you to:
- Gain confidence in your technical abilities
- Develop interpersonal communication skills
- Gain unique insights into the importance of the various roles in a hospital
Based on your individual educational goals, you will be assigned a mentoring doctor and will have the opportunity to pursue personalized learning objectives.
What to Expect
A Student Employment Program can last up to 12 weeks. Under the supervision of the clinic manager and the mentoring doctor (and in accordance with provincial laws), students will assist in the clinic in a variety of roles. Depending on your qualifications, you can work as a receptionist, a veterinary assistant and/or a technician. You will learn how to communicate with clients, provide proper veterinary care, use clinic software, learn surgical preparation and monitoring, and develop your professional interpersonal skills.
- Open for 1st- through 3rd-year veterinary students enrolled in an accredited doctor of veterinary medicine program
- Authorized to work in Canada
- Available for a 6- to 12-week period and committed to a flexible schedule of 20 to 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekends
2. Rotation/Externship Program (EMS)
Also referred to as Extra Mural Studies (EMS), a rotation/externship program gives the opportunity for students to gain additional practical experience in a clinical setting while focusing on building technical and interpersonal skills.
EMS placements are designed to give you the opportunity to further practice animal-handling and clinical skills that you first learn at university, as well as gain experience dealing with clients and with members of the veterinary team. The program also helps you to prepare for work, and introduces you to the important concept of lifelong learning and reflective practice.
EMS allows students to:
- Gain real life experience
- Expand your network
- Understand the demands and rigour of the profession
- Be exposed to working with specialists (in some cases)
- Act as a job preview for future career opportunities
What to Expect
An external rotation/EMS is unpaid training on the job and can have a duration of 1-3 weeks. As a student, you will be assigned a mentoring doctor who will supervise your technical skills and work with you to implement an exposure plan during your placement. At the end of the placement, you will receive a certificate of completion.
- Rotations or EMS are available for 3rd and 4th (or final) year students in an AVMA accredited DVM program
- Available for a minimum of 1 week and up to 3 weeks
- Students are responsible for their accommodation and all relevant expenses (free boarding is available at 11 of our hospitals)
Selection is based on availability at the preferred hospital. It is recommended to book your rotation/EMS a minimum of 6-8 months in advance.
What DVM students are saying
“I was introduced to aspects of veterinary medicine that I had not had any experience with before – I learned about neonatal care in dogs, performed a neurological examination, set up the IVFT system and gained experience with anaesthetic monitoring.
Other skills that I practiced included suturing, small lump removal, incisor extractions, dental nerve blocks, canine jugular blood sampling, and IV catheterisation. My favourite part about the placement was being able to scrub in and assist with some of the surgeries. I also enjoyed following the emergency cases that came into the hospital.”
Student in British Columbia (from the University of Glasgow)
“I learned more about interpreting thoracic radiographs in 10 minutes over a single case study than I have in 2.5 years of vet school. Under the Medical Director’s leadership, the hospital was a great place for a vet student like me with a head full of random lists and terms to actually learn what they mean and to apply the knowledge in a true clinical setting.”
Student in Alberta
Students can take advantage of free boarding by working at any hospital that offers such facilities or at any nearby hospitals. The photos shown below are from two of the four hospitals that can provide a furnished apartment for students.
ALBERTA – MORINVILLE
Free boarding available for candidates working in:
- Morinville – Morinville Veterinary Clinic
Photos coming soon.