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FAQ for the Small Animal Internship Program

These are answers to the most frequently asked questions from candidates interested in internship at OSU.

How many interns do you take?

Numbers may vary from year to year but traditionally there are 8-10 small animal rotating internship positions available. Currently, there are a total of 10 small animal rotating interns. Nine positions were offered as traditional positions, and one was offered as a minority position.

Do you take unpaid interns?


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Do I qualify for the minority position?

Only US citizens and permanent residents who are part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority will be considered for this position. Federal guidelines related to race and ethnicity used in the workforce use four racial minorities: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and one ethnic minority, Hispanic or Latino. More information can be found on the US Census Bureau or the Office of Management and Budget websites. A summary is provided on the US Department of Health and Human Services website

Individuals not meeting this description are encouraged to apply for the Rotating Internship in Medicine and Surgery.

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Can I apply for both the minority and regular match?

Yes, If you qualify for the minority position, you can apply through both the minority and regular match.

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Do I need an Ohio State License?

You do not need to take the Ohio Licensing exam. You must have passed the NAVLE (for candidates from US and Canadian schools), and undergo a background check. Once those are completed, you will be granted an Ohio Limited License, which allows you to practice veterinary medicine within the university.

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How will I spend my time?

The internship is currently broken down into the following rotating blocks (these may change somewhat with each intern class):

  • Daytime Emergency – 6-8 weeks
  • Evening Emergency – 6-8 weeks
  • Overnight Emergency – 6-8 weeks
  • Total Emergency – 21-22 weeks
  • Critical Care Medicine – 4-6 weeks
  • Internal Medicine – 6-8 weeks
  • Soft Tissue Surgery – 4 weeks
  • Orthopedic Surgery – 2 weeks
  • Electives – 6-12 weeks
  • Anesthesia – 2 weeks
  • Radiology – 2 weeks

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What are the elective rotations?

You may chose from the following rotations: Behavior, Community Practice, Cardiology, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Dermatology and Otology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Critical Care, Clinical Pathology or chose to have additional time in the above required blocks. You may take up to 6 weeks of a single elective.

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How many of your interns match for residency?

In the past 6 years, 96% of interns matched for either residency or specialty internship on the first try. 95% ultimately obtained a residency position.

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Is a research project required?

A research project is not required, but projects may be available depending on intern interest.

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How much time off are interns allotted?

Interns have a total of 10 working days of vacation; 5 of these vacation days are mandated over the winter holiday break while the other 5 days can be used at the intern's discretion. Interns also have 5 working days of professional leave time. Professional days can be used for attending conferences or interviewing for residencies/jobs, but cannot be used for vacation.

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Do I need to interview for the internship?

No. Due to the number of applicants, we do not conduct interviews. See below for information about our Intern Visit Day.

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Can I visit OSU to get an idea of the hospital and environment?

Every year we have several requests from applicants to visit. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to accommodate all of these requests. Therefore we are offering one date for interested applicants to visit.
It should be clear that this is not an interview, and OSU reserves the right to not interview. There is no penalization or reward attached to attending this event. This is an opportunity for you to come tour our hospital, and meet with faculty and current interns to get your questions answered about the internship program. It is also an opportunity to explore Columbus!

If you're interested in contacting current interns directly, their contact information can be found here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

If you are interested in a longer externship or a graded rotation at OSU, please refer to the following website: Externships and Visiting Programs. Charges may apply for externship visits.

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Can I request a phone interview?

Due to the large number of applicants, we do not conduct phone interviews.

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I spent 6 weeks at a private practice in the US and also attended several CE courses – does that count as my 6 week training experience?

No. Only clinical rotations taken at AVMA-recognized North American institutions count as part of this experience.

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