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The veterinary technician internship program is a rotating internship for graduate veterinary technicians through the Small Animal Teaching Hospital. It is designed to offer the technician the opportunity to increase knowledge and gain practical experience in an educational environment.

Eligible candidates:

Only graduates of AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology programs will be considered. The internship is aimed at new graduates, but experienced technicians may be considered.

Application Process:

Candidates are required to submit an application with letter of interest, a minimum of two letters of reference, and college transcripts through the last semester completed. Application packets from candidates should be received by the University of Tennessee by March 20, 2015.


A maximum of 4 candidates per year will be selected.

Salary and Benefits

The veterinary technician interns will be paid at an hourly rate, including overtime pay. Medical insurance is available to the intern, partially paid by the University. The interns may choose to live in the dormitory area in the College of Veterinary Medicine for less than the cost of outside living accommodations.


Upon acceptance into the veterinary technician internship program, the technician will receive a letter confirming the acceptance. The letter will include the terms of the agreement. The candidate should send a letter accepting the offer and terms of the internship. The period of the internship will be approximately June 15, 2015 June 10, 2016. Start and end dates have some flexibility.


Evaluations will be completed after each rotation. The intern will be required to give a minimum of two presentations within the year. Feedback and evaluations be provided on an ongoing basis.


There will be core rotations, as well as elective rotations. The veterinary technician interns will be scheduled on overnight rotations, as well as weekends and holidays. Rotations will last from 1-4 weeks.


The veterinary technician interns may take up to two weeks of scheduled, unpaid vacation time during the year. This may include a week during December, but not necessarily the week of Christmas. There is flexibility in other scheduled time off.

Core rotations will include

  • Afterhours Emergency/ICU
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Community Practice
  • Day ICU
  • Day Emergency/Outpatient
  • Dermatology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Elective rotations

  • Core rotations
  • Avian/Exotics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Nutrition

To apply:

  1. Download 2015-2016 Graduate Veterinary Technician Internship Application (.pdf)
  2. Manually fill out and complete the application
  3. Send completed application to:

    Janet Jones
    University of Tennessee
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Dept. SACS
    C247 Veterinary Medical Center
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    Tel: (865)974-8387
    Fax: (865)974-5554

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