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 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)

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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