Veterinary Hospital Internships

Berkeley Humane Veterinary Hospital Volunteer Internships offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a shelter hospital. Interns will gain valuable experience in shelter care, basic medical procedures, animal husbandry/housing and more.  This position primarily works Tuesday-Friday.  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
  • Interact with clients
  • 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 10+ 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 three times per year according to the schedule below (with flexibility for school schedules):

  • Spring: Approx. January – June (applications accepted through December)
  • Summer: Approx. June – September (applications accepted through May)
  • Fall: Approx. August – Dec/January (applications accepted through July)

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.

Berkeley Humane is an Equal Opportunity Organization for Volunteers and Staff

Berkeley Humane is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusivity and belonging. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team of volunteers and staff. We embrace individual differences, not limited to life experience, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our volunteers and staff bring to their work and to our culture. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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