Veterinary Hospital Internships

Berkeley Humane Veterinary Hospital Volunteer Internships offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a shelter hospital and adoption center. Interns will gain valuable experience in shelter care, basic medical procedures, animal husbandry/housing and more.  This position primarily works Monday-Thursday.  All internships are unpaid, but course credit can be arranged. Upon successful completion of an internship, interns may also request a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

  • Work closely with hospital staff to ensure proper feeding, cleaning, housing, and oversight of animals according to Berkeley Humane standards 
  • Partner with staff on basic medical procedures 
  • Assist with surgical prep and post-surgery recovery 
  • Partner with hospital staff to ensure animals have a clean, safe environment 
  • Participate in routine animal care 
  • Enter information into database as needed 
  • Assist with administrative duties as needed 
  • Assist in monitoring health of all animals
  • Pre-vet and veterinary students preferred
  • Professional animal handling experience (includes volunteer work)
  • Comfortable learning new computer programs 
  • Able to commit to 10+ weeks 
  • Able to commit to 20+ hours per week 
  • Able to bend, stoop, squat, reach, and push moderately heavy objects 
  • Able to lift 50lbs 
  • No allergic conditions which would be aggravated by animals in our care 
  • Comfortable working with unknown animals
  • Comfortable with loud noises, dog/cat bodily fluids

Applications are accepted four times per year:

  • Winter: Approx. January 1 – March 31 (applications accepted November 15 – December 15)
  • Spring: Approx. April 1 – June 30 (applications accepted February 15 – March 15)
  • Summer: Approx. June 1 – August 30 (applications accepted April 15 – May 15)
  • Fall: Approx. September 1 – December 31 (applications accepted July 15 – August 15)

Applicants who have completed a 3 month Animal Care Internship with Berkeley Humane will be given priority. Please read below for information on how to apply for an Animal Care Internship.

To apply, please download and complete a Hospital Internship Application. Completed applications should be submitted with a cover letter and resume to Submission does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

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