June 30, 2021 Vet Life

Celebrating the 2021 Intern Class at AMC: A Year of Adapting to Adapting

Dr. Laura Chadsey with her dog at AMC Cancer Institute

Celebrating the 2021 Intern Class at AMC: A Year of Adapting to Adapting

The pandemic has sidelined many traditions and rites of passage, such as weddings, graduations and birthday parties. However, one tradition that has continued at the Animal Medical Center, despite the pandemic, is the arrival of the new class of interns in June. In 2020, our interns arrived a bit later than usual because of the need to quarantine as we attempted to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 at AMC. This year, they will arrive on time and in force – 31 interns have been selected for the Class of 2022. These 31 young veterinarians are the 58th consecutive class of interns at AMC. (You can read about the original AMC interns in a blog post from 2014.)

In this blog post, we’ll bid adieu to the Internship Class of 2021 as we welcome the Class of 2022.

Thank You, Congratulations and Good Luck to the Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 arrived amid some of the darkest days of the pandemic in New York City. They adapted to adapting, including daily changes in processes and procedures in response to the pandemic. The entire class deserves a gold star for perseverance and resilience. Their efforts were rewarded with a very successful year in placement in ongoing training programs. Eight members of the Class of 2021 were selected for residency programs throughout the United States, including two at AMC. Nine were selected for specialty internships, four will enter private practice and one will join AMC’s emergency room staff.

Welcome to the Class of 2022

Congratulations 2021 Intern Matches

Rotating internships in medicine and surgery, like the ones offered at AMC, are not a requirement for the practice veterinary medicine. Upon graduation from veterinary school and completion of state licensing requirements, new Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) are fully able to practice veterinary medicine. This differs from our physician colleagues who are required to complete additional training to become licensed. Thus, all AMC interns are licensed veterinarians. The interns selected for the AMC Internship Program hope to augment their veterinary school training, and some will pursue specialty training after their internship. They are chosen through a competitive process that coordinates internships in the United States and some countries abroad. The Class of 2022 has graduates from nine domestic colleges of veterinary medicine and three from international colleges. We have collected some of their stories on our website.

AMC’s Internship Program

Interns at AMC rotate between services on a monthly schedule. They spend approximately one third of their 13 months at AMC on the Emergency Service, and the rest of their time is distributed among the other specialty services in the hospital. Each intern also has a month of elective time where they can repeat a rotation on their favorite service or explore a new discipline. The purpose of an internship is to provide a broad medical and surgical foundation for a successful career in any aspect of veterinary medicine.

Fun Facts About AMC Interns

  • The Intern Class of 2022 is an exclusive group. 191 veterinary students applied for the 31 positions, a 16% acceptance rate.
  • The Intern Class of 2022 is not the largest class. That distinction is held by the Class of 1995 which has 35 members.
  • 28 of the 47 current staff specialist veterinarians at AMC were AMC interns at the beginning of their careers.
  • There have been two parent-child intern pairs, 30 and 37 years between the parent and child.
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