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Dr. Mark Peterson


Veterinary Student Clinical Programs


The mission of The AMC's Institute for Postgraduate Education is to provide high-quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate educational opportunities in clinical veterinary medicine.

Our programs include an Externship Program for veterinary students, a one-year Internship Program for Veterinary School graduates and a Residency Program for graduates interested in specialty board certification.

Externship Program

The AMC’s externship experience offers a comprehensive exposure to a multi-disciplinary referral specialty hospital. Candidates must be third- or fourth-year veterinary students in good academic standing at an AVMA accredited school of Veterinary Medicine. 

While New York State licensure laws do not permit students to administer treatments, there is an enormous amount of information to be gained by observation and exposure to our extensive caseload. Interaction with clinicians, interns, residents and technicians allow students to learn about hospital care policies and procedures. All are welcome to attend lectures, medical rounds and continuing education seminars.

Please understand that due to strict New York State licensing laws, externs are not allowed any hands-on training. This program is strictly observational.

The services of the Animal Medical Center are as follows:

  • Avian and Exotics (Tues - Fri)
  • Cardiology (Mon - Sat)
  • Critical Care and Emergency (7 days a week/Noon – 8pm)
  • Dentistry (Mon - Fri) *needs approval
  • Dermatology (Tues - Sat)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (Mon - Fri or Tues - Sat)
  • Internal Medicine A (7 days a week)
  • Internal Medicine B (Mon - Fri)
  • Internal Medicine Renal (Sun - Thurs)
  • Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy (Mon - Thurs) *needs approval
  • Neurology (Mon - Fri)
  • Oncology (Mon - Sat)
  • Ophthalmology (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Mon - Fri)
  • Pathology (Mon - Fri) *needs approval
  • Radiation Oncology (Mon - Fri)
  • Rehabilitation and Canine Physical Therapy (Mon - Sat)
  • Surgery 1 (Mon - Fri)
  • Surgery 2 (Soft Tissue only) (Mon - Fri)
  • Surgery 3 (Mon - Fri)

Read our service descriptions for more information.

We do not enroll any students for externships from June 1st through July 20th. Externships are up to four weeks in duration. Applications must be received at least one month prior to the requested start date. Apply by downloading an externship application and submit with a copy of your CV directly to Lauren Klingler via email or fax at (212) 329-8850. Limited housing is available. Once your travel dates have been finalized, you may apply for Animal Medical Center housing by submitting a completed housing application.

For additional information please email Lauren Klingler or call (212) 329-8614. 

Pet Stories

A Shih Tzu Named Shai

We adopted Shai though a foster family to discover she was mostly blind from abuse. Only months later, her retina detached and she became fully blind. This brave and small Shih Tzu still acclimated well, until she suffered a stroke. We came home to a normally snuggly pup who that day could not get up off of her side. 

Kugel's Story

Kugel found us or we found Kugel only a few years ago - not sure how the story starts. But, since we first got Kugel she was very sick. The fabulous Dr. Kim Alexander helped us determine it was gastric lymphoma. 

Katie's Story

Thanks to Dr. Chick Weisse, Katie will turn 3 this October. Katie was diagnosed with a liver shunt at 3 months old. Dr. Weisse put her on medications till she was old enough to have the surgery correct her problem.