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Summer is a great time to gain veterinary, animal, and research experience! The links below lead to the websites of various universities and organizations that past Duke pre-vet students found useful in finding internships. They list and describe hundreds of opportunities available to you. However, please keep in mind that the below list is not exhaustive! Do your own research, ask veterinarians/mentors/other pre-vet students for advice, and reach out to organizations that interest you about available opportunities. Some of the coolest experiences are found in hidden places!

American Veterinary Medical Association Student Externship Locator

Rochester Institute of Technology Internship and Summer Research Opportunities Database 

University of Vermont Internship Database

Animal Nutrition Internships

Animal Welfare Internships

Canine Internships

Dairy Internships

Equine Internships

Marine Animal Internships

Pre-Veterinary Internships

Primate Internships

Reptile Internships

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships


If the above data bases seem daunting, start by exploring the links below to individual summer opportunities.



Seattle Aquarium

John Ball Zoo

Aquarium of the Pacific

Maryland Zoo

New England Aquarium

Mote Laboratory & Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Seneca Park Zoo




Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

New England Wildlife Center

South Florida Wildlife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center

Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center 

National Marine Life Center


INTERNSHIPS ABROAD (#=program has tuition cost/program fee)

Vida Veterinary Program #

World Vets #

Worldwide Veterinary Service #

Soi Dog Foundation

CELA Belize #

Global Vision International (GVI) #

Projects Abroad #

Animal Experience International #

Field Projects International #

Veterinarians Without Borders

Loop Abroad #


African Conservation Experience (ACE) #



Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine BRUSH Summer Research Program

Tulane National Primate Research Center

Southwest National Primate Research Center

Oregon National Primate Research Center

Purdue Veterinary Scholars Research Program

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Duke’s Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (B-SURF)

Michigan State Summer Research Program

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute 



Colorado State Veterinary Summer Scholars Program

University of Pennsylvania Summer VETS Program

UC Davis Summer Enrichment Program

Michigan State Summer Enrichment Program


  1. Hello, my name is Carolin Schröder and I am a veterinarian and director of a new pre-veterinary and veterinary internship in Spain, the MagicEquus® Immersion Program. I believe this program could be of interest to your students. Would you maybe consider publishing a link to our program on your website? Here you can see detailed information on our program: http://www.magicequus.com/en/prevet-veterinary-internship
    Thanks in advance, kind regards,

  2. Please add the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Vet Up! College program to “Programs at Veterinary Schools for Undergraduates” section. Students can find more information at purduevetup.org. Thank you!

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