Veterinary Technician Internship Program

A Mentored Post-Graduate Experience

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the impact this has had on our organization, we regret to inform you that the 2020-2021 VTI program will be postponed. We apologize for this recent change in our Clinical Education Programs. The VTI program will be cancelled until this Fall,  if feasible. Please check our website for updates in the Fall, sometime after Labor Day.

Postponing this program was not an easy decision for us but we know that this is in the best interest of our staff and the AMC community during this pandemic. We appreciate your interest in the AMC as a career choice and hope that we will be able to serve your needs in the future. 

Until then be safe!

Thank you,
Human Resources

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 June 2020 – June 2021 POSTPONED

The 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 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 newly revised Veterinary Technician Internship Program offers an opportunity to spend 52 weeks training and learning optimal patient care skills while working with the Animal Medical Center’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 most of our 17 specialties at least once. For each rotation, interns are assigned a technician preceptor who is seasoned in their given specialty and who will serve as a guide to the requirements and everyday workings of a department. In addition, the Veterinary Technician Interns (VTIs) receive weekly lectures and regular dry labs and wet 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 Nursing rotations could include work in the Special Care Unit and/or the Emergency and Critical Care Department and offer opportunities to work with specific specialties. The Surgical department rotations include perioperative patient care and surgical nursing.  

Continuing Education

VTIs attend weekly lectures presented exclusively for them by AMC’s Education Coordinators. The VTls are required to complete assignments & quizzes, engage in research, write and complete oral presentations various topics (subject to AMC review).

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. College transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  4. Cover letter describing career objectives and reasons for applying to the Veterinary Technician Intern Program
  5. Applicants who have been accepted into our VTI class must obtain a license or permit to practice in the State of New York. Failure to obtain New York State License by 12/31/2020 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 in the VTI program.

Application and required documents should be mailed to:

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


A panel consisting of Managers of the Nursing 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 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 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


March 5, 2020 – Deadline for applications to be submitted for the June 2020 class

March 17-20 – Review process for applications; applicants notified for interview

March 30 – April 2 – Interviews will be conducted for applicants selected

April 6-12 – Selection for June 2020 class is made, candidates informed

June 15 – June 2020 VTI class reports for Orientation

Need more information?

Contact Tina Ravindrannair, Human Resources Manager, at (212) 329-8774 or

The Animal Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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