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Spectrum of Care 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 Spectrum of Care 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 Spectrum of Care Summer Externship is an 8-week program for students between their first and second years of the DVM program at Ohio State. Up to 28 students are accepted on a competitive basis. Students 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 seven participating practices
  • 2 weeks of intensive hands-on training at Ohio State
  • 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:
    • May 3 – July 13



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

Application Process:

Application deadline is February 3, 2023

2023 participants will be announced the first week of March.