Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Idaho & Oregon
We are pleased to provide Post-Graduate Veterinary training at WestVet.
With pets becoming a more integral part of our families, owners want the very best medical treatment available. This has led to significant advances in veterinary technology, as well as demand for more expertise and depth of knowledge in medical and surgical disciplines. As a result, veterinary specialists are needed now more than ever.
Additionally, many graduating veterinarians entering general practice find that employers require more experience and proficiency. As a result, many specialty practices have started internship programs—previously only offered by veterinary schools and universities. One-year internships enable recent veterinary school graduates to gain valuable postgraduate training prior to entering general practice or applying to specialty residencies. It has been said that a one-year rotating internship is equivalent to three years of general practice.
In 2007, WestVet accepted the challenge, responsibility, and honor of providing postgraduate education for our colleagues interested in specialization or becoming exceptional general practitioners. WestVet is the only veterinary hospital in the state of Idaho that offers postgraduate training, and one of only four private specialty hospitals in the Northwest offering a rotating internship. We currently offer a one-year rotating internship as well as one-year specialty internship in surgery. Washington State University and Oregon State University offer similar programs.
WestVet interns are selected through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program(VIRMP) administered by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. After applications are submitted through the VIRMP website in December, applicants undergo a thorough selection and interview process by our Internship Selection Committee. Qualified applicants begin training in June of each year. Our application process ensures that each incoming intern is truly the cream of the crop—they have graduated at or near the top of their veterinary class, have outstanding recommendations from university faculty, and many have won academic awards or scholarships from their veterinary school.
Applicants must obtain an Idaho veterinary license prior to the start date of their program. Interns are employed as WestVet veterinarians and they receive standard benefits such as medical insurance, CE, paid vacation, licensure, and liability insurance.