Postgraduate Education

AMC’s Internship Program

Training the Next Generation of Veterinary Leaders

Since 1963, the prestigious Internship Program at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center (AMC) has trained the next generation of veterinary leaders. By rotating through our large, multi-specialty hospital with its diverse caseload, AMC interns gain unparalleled hands-on experience under the guidance of leading veterinary specialists. AMC’s Internship Program is one of only a handful of programs accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and graduates join a distinguished legacy of veterinarians who have selflessly dedicated themselves to the wellbeing of our beloved companion animals.

Our dynamic learning environment is ideal for veterinarians pursuing residency training and board certification, private practice, or clinical research.

A veterinarian with a dog with a cast on its leg

Diverse Cases with Rotations on 14 Clinical Services

Pursue your passion and become the best veterinarian you can be

With nearly 60,000 patient visits a year and 20+ specialties and services under one roof, AMC interns benefit from the wide spectrum of cases associated with AMC’s role as New York City’s go-to veterinary specialty hospital. Every day and on every rotation, interns work under the tutelage of specialist mentors to treat animals who face health challenges requiring collaborative care to manage emergencies, cancer, and internal medicine and surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on the reinforcement of disease mechanisms, development of “state-of-the-art” clinical practice, and the building of a career dedicated to life-long learning in veterinary medicine.

The Rotations

  • Two or three 4-week rotations on Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Emergency and Critical Care
  • 2-week rotations on Anesthesia and Radiology (for all interns)
  • 2-week rotations on Interventional Radiology and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (for most interns)
  • 3-week elective rotation
  • 4-week selective rotations on Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Oncology, or Neurology

Mentorship from Leading Board-Certified Specialists

Learn from veterinarians with decades of experience in clinical care and teaching

With a reputation for clinical excellence and groundbreaking research, AMC is home to many outstanding veterinary specialists. At all times, interns work as integral members of our healthcare teams under direct supervision of our Senior Veterinarians, including our 40+ board-certified specialists. In addition, interns benefit from daily lectures and hospital-wide rounds. All interns are assigned a Senior Veterinarian for formal clinical mentorship as well as a “near-peer” mentor – a resident or specialty intern who has completed an internship at AMC – for additional guidance and support.

High Match Success Rate for Residency Programs

A springboard to board certification and career advancement

AMC has decades of success in supporting interns through the match process. Over the past five years, 95% of AMC interns obtained a position furthering their goal of board certification. No matter whether your professional aspirations take you down the path of being a veterinary specialist, a progressive general practitioner, or an experienced emergency clinician, a one-year rotating internship at AMC provides superior training and unmatched clinical experience to propel you to your professional goals.

AMC’s Non-Profit Mission

Where care comes first

As part of our non-profit mission, we routinely provide charitable care to patients and clients in need of financial support, including the pets of senior citizens, seeing eye guide dogs, rescue and stray animals, and pet families burdened with the unexpected costs of emergency care. In 2021, we donated more than $4.5 million in care. Not only does this benefit animals in need, but it gives our clinical teams the financial support to attempt to help every animal that comes through our doors.

The Wellbeing of Animals Starts with the Wellbeing of Our Employees

A supportive and diverse hospital promotes wellbeing for all

At AMC, we recognize the physical, emotional, and societal challenges of providing veterinary care, and we take proactive steps to make sure our interns have the tools and support they need to grow as clinicians and human beings. AMC is fortunate to have a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in veterinary social work to oversee dedicated Quality of Life programming that promotes employee wellbeing, team building, and decompression outside of clinical hours. Social work services also extend to our clients who benefit from this crucial resource during times of emotional stress. As a pillar of our New York City community, we are proud to embody and support the immense cultural diversity our city has to offer.

Housing and Benefits

Moving to New York City can be a daunting, bewildering, and exciting experience. To support our interns, AMC offers housing to single interns in an AMC-owned apartment building within walking distance of the hospital at below-market rates. Apartments are dormitory-style and shared with other interns and specialty interns.

Other employment benefits include:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Professional liability insurance
  • 16 days of paid time off
  • Generous discount on pet care for employee pets

AMC’s 2021 Internship Graduation Ceremony

Learn More and Apply

For more information about the AMC Internship Program, please email

Interns are selected through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.

Applications are reviewed in early January, and selected applicants will be invited to interview between January 15, 2023 and February 15, 2023. No applicant will be considered for an internship position without being interviewed.

A valid New York State veterinary permit or license is required prior to starting the internship. For information about NYS licensure, please see the New York State Office of the Professions website.

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