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Off-Site Elective Information and Registration

This page provides information and forms for off-site electives through the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. 


Statement Regarding Elective Applications

The College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to work with cooperating facilities to provide flexible and broad based educational opportunities to meet the practical, experiential educational needs of all Ohio State Veterinary students. In order to provide interested students with consistent information upon which to make important elective decisions, an online application process has been established to give interested locations a "user friendly" way to communicate with the student body about what they have to offer.

Submission of an elective location application does not guarantee that the experience will be made available to students, nor does the College promise that if a location is approved it will be continued indefinitely. An evaluation of applying locations will be made to determine basic suitability, and evaluations of the student experiences will be reviewed to determine the quality of the educational experience and provide the College with information to determine continued collaboration. The College retains all rights to approve or withdraw approval of any externship location at any time.

We are happy to have you share with friends and clients your pride in working with our students. However, approval of an elective location should not be used as an endorsement of that location by the College and participating facilities do not have permission to use that affiliation or the name and service marks of the College/University in advertising or marketing.

Note Regarding Insurance

All veterinary students are required to carry their own health insurance. The College provides them with liability insurance and now has insurance for the students who go off campus for an elective experience. We have both the malpractice and general liability coverage. This insurance applies to students of The Ohio State University while working offsite in a curriculum required or an Ohio State University approved elective, practicum or work study, and continuing field work done in relation to course work. If an off-campus elective location needs proof of insurance, please contact OSU CVM Office of Professional Programs at (614) 292-0942 or you may access the current OSU insurance information by going to and select the “Students in Practicum  COI” in the right sidebar menu for a copy of the current Certificate of Liability Insurance. 

*Restrictions for Externship Sites in Colorado

The Colorado Workers' Compensation Act requires student interns to be covered by workers' compensation insurance. Ohio State is not able to add students to its institutional workers' compensation policy. Prior to scheduling an externship in Colorado, students must work with their externship supervisor to ensure that Colorado worker's compensation insurance requirements will be met. Proof of worker's compensation coverage must be sent to Dr. Emma Read for verification. If a student is not covered by a worker's compensation policy for their externship they will not earn academic credit for the rotation. For more information, visit: