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Stanton Summer Externship Program

Preparing DVM students for success in general practice. 

students with general practice veterinarians holding cats in office


If you are interested in pursuing a career in Small Animal General Practice, the Stanton Summer Externship program offers an exciting opportunity to augment your veterinary education! The program combines intensive educational training with real-world clinical practice experience serving diverse and underserved populations.  

The Stanton Summer Externship is a 10-week program for students between their first and second years of the DVM program at Ohio State. Up to 16 students are accepted on a competitive basis. The Stanton will shadow GP veterinarians in busy, Ohio-based small animal general practices with a broad socioeconomic clientele.


Program Highlights:

  • Emphasizes the traditional role of the general practitioner
  • Prepares students to work with clients and pets at various socioeconomic levels, including underserved populations of companion canines and other small animals in need of care
  • Develops skills required for success in the real world with a focus on developing practice-ready GPs

Program Format: 

  • 1 day of orientation
  • 5 weeks of shadowing at one of the six participating practices
  • 4 weeks of hands-on training at Ohio State, focusing on professional communication, internal medicine, community practice and surgical skills 
  • 1 week dedicated to documentation of the experience

Participation is voluntary and there is no letter grade attached to the program. Students are required to keep a case log and prepare a case presentation as part of their final report.

Selection Criteria:

  • We prefer Small Animal General Practice students with cultural background experiences, motivation, excellent communications skills and familiarity working with low-income populations. The amount of previous clinical experience is not a factor.
  • Students must be members of SAVMA and carry AVMA Professional Liability Insurance for the time frame of the program (free to SAVMA members).
  • You must be able to commit 40 hours/week for one of the two sessions:
    • May 7 – July 18, with an all-day orientation on May 7
    • June 4 – August 15, with an all-day orientation on June 4


Compensation includes travel and lodging (if placed outside of Columbus) and a 10-week stipend.

Application Process:

Application deadline is February 15, 2021

  • Please complete the 2021 Stanton Summer Externship Application 
  • Submit your resume or CV and essay along with the application by the due date, the resume or CV and essay must be uploaded in order to submit the application 

2021 Stanton participants will be announced the third week of March