Veterinary Technician Internship Program

A Mentored Post-Graduate Experience

Veterinary Technician Internship class of 2022-2023

Mission: To provide optimal patient care training as well as exceptional post-graduate education for graduates of AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs throughout the United States who are seeking employment in one of the busiest and best-recognized veterinary hospitals in the world.

52-week program: Program begins September 16th, 2024

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center (AMC), one of the world’s busiest and best-recognized veterinary hospitals, is accepting applications for its Internship program in Veterinary Technology from graduates of AVMA-accredited programs for Veterinary Technology. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, AMC is a private, not-for-profit academic veterinary hospital. The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center is dedicated to providing compassionate and collaborative care to animals and to leading the advancement of veterinary medicine through innovative clinical research and education.

This unique Veterinary Technician Intern program was initiated in 1985. It was designed to further the practical training received by those working in the profession who are graduates of AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology programs or those veterinary technology students graduating from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program prior to the start of the internship.

Because of a caseload of over 54,000 animals per year, including small animal and exotic animal pets, the Animal Medical Center offers the unequaled ability to impart skill, experience, and confidence in veterinary technology within the world’s largest veterinary teaching hospital.

Our Veterinary Technician Internship Program offers an opportunity to spend 52 weeks training and learning optimal patient care skills while working with AMC’s outstanding staff of Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians.

Veterinary Technician Internship Program Description


The internship will be completed over 52 weeks, during which each intern will rotate through our Anesthesia, Emergency/Critical Care, Exotics, Internal Medicine, Special Care Unit departments, as well as an elective rotation in one of our other 13 specialties. For each rotation, interns work alongside clinical educators, veterinary technician specialists, technician preceptors, veterinarians who are seasoned in their given specialty and who will serve as a guide to the requirements and everyday workings of the department. In addition, the veterinary technician interns (VTIs) receive bi-monthly lectures, as well as wet and dry labs in various clinical techniques. VTIs will participate in the care and medical treatment of all animals admitted to the hospital, assisting with consultations and interdepartmental transfers. After an initial training and orientation period, VTIs will begin their rotations. Medical rotations offer opportunities to acquire standard and advanced skillsets within specific specialties. The Surgical department rotations include perioperative patient care and surgical care.  

Continuing Education

VTIs attend bi-monthly lectures and labs prepared exclusively for them.

Work Schedule

Veterinary Technician Interns work a full-time schedule. Shifts vary depending on work assignment.


VTls will be evaluated periodically. All aspects of assignment will be formally reviewed in written form and the Education Coordinator will sign the evaluation acknowledging discussion of the written review. The aim of the evaluation is to enable both VTI and Coordinator to identify areas in which the Intern needs more experience or help.


Candidates who have graduated from AVMA-accredited programs in Veterinary Technology or who are expecting to graduate prior to the start of the program are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application (click the link to download), including the names and contact information of at least 3 professors, veterinarians, employers, etc. who have knowledge of candidate’s qualifications and character.
  2. Resume
  3. College transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  5. Cover letter describing career objectives and reasons for applying to the Veterinary Technician Intern Program
  6. Applicants who have been accepted into our VTI class must obtain a license or permit to practice in the State of New York or pass the VTNE by August 15th, 2024. Failure to obtain licensure, permit, or passing the VTNE by this date will result in dismissal from the program.

Applicants who have graduated from an AVMA-accredited program and have already taken the National Boards for Veterinary Technology must have a passing score of 75 in order to practice veterinary technology in the state of New York. Any candidate who has taken the National Boards must submit a copy of their test score results indicating a grade of 75 or over in order to be accepted into the VTI program.

Application and required documents should be emailed to or mailed to:

Attn: Human Resources Dept., VTI Program
510 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065


A panel consisting of Managers of the Clinical Services Departments and the Human Resources Department will review applications. All candidates will be interviewed by telephone and/or in-person and notified by letter once the selection process is complete. The Veterinary Technician Interns who are selected will also be contacted by telephone. Selectees will receive a package of necessary materials relating to starting date, procedures, employment agreement, working conditions, and information contacts.


Uniforms are provided by the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center.

Compensation and Benefits

Veterinary Technician Interns will earn a competitive internship rate. Workdays and hours are subject to change as needed by rotations. VTI Compensation (Hourly Rate) will increase upon obtaining New York State Licensure.

As a Veterinary Intern of AMC, you will be eligible to receive various benefits the company currently provides to its employees, including medical and dental benefits. You will be eligible for medical and dental benefits on the first of the month following 60 days of employment. Accrued benefit time (Paid Time Off & Extended Illness Bank) begin on the first day of employment.

Retention Bonus

If the VTI is offered a full-time job at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center after completion of the VTI program, a $1,000 retention bonus will be paid to the employee. Certain stipulations will apply.

Important Dates

August 18, 2024 | Deadline for applications to be submitted for the incoming class (must have passed VTNE by 8/15/24)

Need more information?

Human Resources Department

Clinical Education Department

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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